Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since pens were invented. Her first published story appeared in Child Life magazine when she was 13 years old. She took a brief hiatus of about thirty years to hone her craft, get married and have four children before publishing the young adult quartet The King Series. THE POSSE is her first adult contemporary romance. Tawdra lives in Florida with her husband and children, both skin and fur-types. Oh, and yes–she has purple hair.
What inspires you to write?
Usually, it’s the what-if question. I see a person or a situation and I ask myself. . .what if things happened THIS way, instead of that? And what brought those people across the restaurant together? Why are they not talking? Every once in a while, a story drops into my lap fully formed, but that is rare. Sometimes music will spark a storyline, too. I am always the person who wants to know MORE, which I think is a crucial trait in an author.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am both a pantser and a planner. I plan out my releases a year at a time, so that know what I will be writing when, although I am open to changes and adjustments if something feels right. At the beginning of new book, I make a page of notes about what I know: character names, setting details, relationships, physical descriptions and a rough description of what will happen in the story. However, I don’t keep myself strictly to that plan; I prefer most of my story-telling to be organic, to happen within the actual writing. I usually have most of the characters planned out ahead of time, but often a few will pop up and surprise me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. They get chatty and share bits and pieces with me as they feel I need to know. I very rarely am given the entire story at once. I’m always surprised, too, when a character I considered relatively minor pops up and tells me more about herself or himself. Usually those characters want their own books. . .and they usually get them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write. . .and then write some more. Find your process and don’t feel bound by another writer’s preference. What works for you is unique, and you must respect that. Once you’ve written, edit and slash ruthlessly. Find an excellent editor and pay attention. Become part of a community of writers and listen to them. Give as much as you take. Show grace in every situation. And then write some more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I pursued traditional publishing for two years, and I am grateful for what i learned in that time. However, I found that I didn’t agree with the subjective nature of that process, and I decided to pursue indie publishing. It’s been the right decision for me and for my books. I like having creative and financial control, and I am particularly blessed to be part of a supportive community of authors. I think we all have our own needs, and I support any means of publication.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s going to continue to evolve rapidly, after centuries of stagnation. I think it’s possible that e-publishing will increasingly be the province of the indie-writer, while hard copy books will continue to be produced more readily by traditional houses. I believe we will see hybrid publishing, with some authors opting to give traditional houses paperback or hardcopy rights while retaining ebook rights for themselves. I am certain we are embarking on an age of author empowerment.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Paranormal romance, contemporary romance, young adult, new adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print