Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Best Served Cold With Tawdra Kandle

Best Served Cold Guest Post
   

Writing a book is usually a journey of self-discovery. Every time I release a new story, I find out something new about myself. This time, it wasn't a complete surprise; I'd had a sneaking suspicion, but Best Served Cold--or at least the writing of it--confirmed that fear.

Hello, I am Tawdra Kandle, and I am incapable either of writing a stand-alone novel or of writing a completely irredeemable character.

I plan to write stand-alones. The Posse was supposed to be one, but there will be at least two related books: one a New Adult romance called The Last One, and another untitled adult contemporary. I knew that before I finished the book. So when I started writing Best Served Cold, I was determined that THIS book would be a one-shot, stand-alone deal.

Nope. About halfway through, I got some more information from a supporting character, which was going to result in a second book, a follow-up called Just Desserts.

And similarly, when I was writing The King Series, I thought the main villain was a girl called Nell. She was wanna-be witch who tries to kill the heroine in order to use her blood for a sacrifice. Sounds pretty cut-and-dry nasty, right? Nope. Nell ended up redeeming herself after the first book, and as it happens, she gets her own book this winter, Unquenchable, the second book in The Serendipity Duet.

In Best Served Cold, I had based the character of Liam on someone I knew in real life, many years ago. As a writer, I really needed Liam to be a jerk, so completely without merit or saving grace that the readers would hate him, would understand how Julia felt about him and her need for revenge. So imagine my dismay when around the same time I found out Ava had to have her own book, I also discovered that Liam was going to be the lead in that book.

Ava, I blame you.

Well, what can I do but throw up my hands and just go with it? There are worse things in a writer's life than constantly finding new material and multi-faceted characters. I'm going to embrace my flaws and enjoy the ride.

It's either that, or find a twelve-step program for serial writers.

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 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.

She has since published books in both the adult and new adult romantic genre. Tawdra lives in Florida with her husband and children, both skin and fur-types. Oh, and yes--she has purple hair.  

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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6 comments:

  1. lol great post! And the author looks a bit (lot) like Julianna Hough in that picture (and forgive me if I spelled her name wrong). :)

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    1. Thank you Rosey.
      She does look a bit like her.
      And Seems the spelling is right....I wouldn't be sure :)

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  2. I think that's true about writing. The more you write the more you discover about yourself.

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    1. I need to get writing. I do agree about that.

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  3. Sometimes you find yourself hashing out old memories that perhaps you don't want to write about, but I find that's only true with the first book.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/12/musical-monday-brandon-walker.html

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I appreciate your thoughts - Colette

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