About Candy Rayne:
Candy Rayne was raised as a Navy brat moving to various places during her childhood. She has lived in Lemoore, Visalia, and San Diego in California before moving to Norfolk Virginia where she graduated high school and went on to get an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Tidewater Community College. From there she moved to Pascagoula Mississippi, where she currently resides. She joined the electrical apprenticeship program through Northrop Grumman which is now Huntington Ingalls. She has been building naval ships for close to seven years now. She is married to a very loving husband and has three gorgeous children. She got her big break as a published author from Glenda Wallace, owner of Pink Kiss Publishing. Candy Rayne’s first novel Tangled Web was published on December 25th 2011. Yes Christmas day! What a wonderful gift. She went on to have Concrete Rose published in June of 2013. With this being her dream she has no plans of stopping anytime soon. She has a page on Facebook under the name Candy Rayne Author where she loves networking with other entrepreneurs to help everyone get their product to whoever may be interested. Candy Rayne loves going to book festivals to promote her books and has been to The Fall Into Books Literary Festival in St. Louis MO, The Decatur Book Festival in Decatur GA, and The National Black Book Festival in Houston TX. She has plans to go to many more in the future. She also has a page on Facebook called Friends Against Verbal Abuse where she shows the dangers of this much overlooked epidemic. This page is not to be judgmental, but to give out knowledge to the people who may need it. You can also follow Candy Rayne on Twitter under Candy Rayne Author as well.
What inspires you to write?
I am definitely inspired by family. I really love for my husband, mother, and children to see me succeeding in something that I love. I also love and am inspired by gospel singers such as Yolanda Adams, Ki Ki Sheard, and Be Be Winans. I love seeing people succeed at things they are passionate about!
Tell us about your writing process.
I definitely do not use an outline. It doesn’t give my characters enough freedom to be themselves. I really just let them guide me on which way they want to go. If ever I try to take too much control they definitely stop me in my tracks!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to my characters. They demand it. If they don’t want to go a certain route or something doesn’t fit them, it ain’t happening!! And if they want to do something then they are going to do it. They definitely let me know the world is theirs for the taking!!
What advice would you give other writers?
I would definitely tell other authors to promote themselves at every opportunity given. Use social media to gain new friends all around the world, travel, go to book festivals, link up with these book clubs!! Sell in your neighborhood and your job. Take every opportunity to network yourself!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with a publisher in the area because I am not really skilled in the publishing area and I wanted a quality product. I would advise new authors to explore self publishing and going with another publisher to see exactly what is best for them. And I would definitely recommend getting a lawyer to look over any contracts before signing to make sure you are getting a fair deal!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that more people will start going with self publishing because you get to keep all of your royalties and you will have more creative control.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: urban fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print