Today we have Candis Terry on. She is the author of a fabulous trilogy about three siblings who all return home when their mother suddenly dies, and how she influences their lives from the grave.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
First of all I want to thank The Book Reading Gals for having me here today. I’m very excited because I have a question that’s been tapping me on the head for a while now. And I need your help.
Communication is the key to everything. As a writer I know I must communicate the goals, motivations and conflicts of my characters well so that my readers will feel like they are a part of the story, not just reading words. I know I must make my characters likeable enough so that my readers will connect with more than just a beginning, middle, and end.
In SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, the third book in the Sugar Shack novels and my newest release from Avon Impulse, my heroine is Kelly Silverthorne, a tough Chicago prosecuting attorney who has just lost her very first case. She’s devastated. She wonders what she didn’t communicate to the jury to bring in a guilty verdict for a murderer. And she second-guesses herself all over the place.
The events of the past month slammed through her head as if she still stood on that courtroom floor fighting for a piece of justice that would be denied. Fighting for the rights of a woman whose life had been ripped away by a monster. A fiend now able to roam free because she hadn’t convinced the jury of his crime.
She’d pushed for that arrest. Pushed for an indictment with the grand jury. Pushed for a homicide case without a corpse.
Nausea and half a mountainous slice of cheesecake roiled through her stomach as she visualized the disbelief on the faces of the victim’s family when the verdict had come down. The family she’d promised a conviction.
In her mind she could still hear the collective gasp echo across the chamber walls. She heard the grief and torment in the family’s voices when they’d pointed their fingers at her and her fellow prosecutor and accused them of incompetence. Of failure.
She’d been so sure.
But she’d been wrong.
Communication is key. Which brings me to the question of the day. In our busy world of instant gratification–cell phones, iPods, eReaders, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest—what reaches out to you, the reader? How do you discover new books? New authors? How do you like best to communicate with the storytellers who write the books you read?
Like all of my fellow authors, my readers are very important to me. More than just wanting them to read my new books, I’ve developed friendships. They make me laugh when I’m down (and hopefully I return the favor). And they’ve become an essential addition to my daily life.
So what say you? How much do you like an author to interact with their readers? How do you discover new books/authors? And if you could give advice to authors about this subject, what would it be?
I’m celebrating the return to the Sugar Shack with a contest and giveaway of a Sugar Shack inspired gift basket. Please check my Facebook page for details. Contest is open to U.S. and International readers. Contest closes July 19, 2012. Winner will be announced July 20, 2012.
Candis Terry is the author of the Sugar Shack novels—a trio of small town romances rich with memorable love stories, quirky characters, and tons of fun. Born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California, Candis now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained constant: Candis’ passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.