Interview with Kandace Campbell

What do you read for pleasure?
I read magazines, everything from Money, Forbes, and Southern Living, to Essence, Fortune, and Food. I love to cook!
I also read Emily Giffin and Candace Bushnell. The classics are some of my favorites; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Ragtime by E.L Doctorow, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
I love rereading Ciao America by Beppe Severgnini and last but certainly not least, any title from Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison and August Wilson. There's not a genre or author I won't read. The many I've listed are the ones I've gained pleasure from.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
IPad and the Kindle. I have both.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm more of a word of mouth person. People who've worked with me, and have gone on to do some amazing things, know my talent and ability. All I do is tell them, and the rest is history. Of course, I do share with my family, who also passes along the word. That helps as well. Periodically I do a little face-booking and twittering, but it's almost never really about myself.
Describe your desk
You won't find anything, but I know where everything is! Please don't touch my things. : )
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Southside of Chicago in the Lon City neighborhood, known by others as Avalon Park. When it was time for me to attend high school, my parents thought it best if I attend an all girl, catholic, high school in the suburbs. I was against it from the start. But, the lessons I learned and the friends I made were invaluable and I wouldn't have changed that experience for the world.

I've always had an exceptional creative capacity. I was the epitome of "think outside the box or bubble" since the age of 7. That's when I really knew that writing was my gift, not my only, but the one I'm most in love with. Everything I do in life has an impact on my writing. Growing up on the Southside, schooling in the suburbs, college at Penn State, working in corporate America, marrying an athlete and becoming a mom. I write my life, in some way or form, it's all me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a football wife, and just like the thousands of us out there whose spouses are active or inactive, I've seen a lot of things. Some sweet, some not so sweet, nonetheless, more than what I bargained for to say the least. Final Down was originally written as a screenplay that was being shopped around for almost a year. Just when it started to gain some traction, I stopped. Something clicked for me. I thought, this thing could be more. I tested the script amongst peers, noted the reactions, and concluded, "This is a series that could go for at least 3 or 4 books." Though it would make an excellent movie barring all the sexual imagery, I wanted to give people characters with back-stories that they could connect with. When people read about Madison, I want them to say, "I know someone just like her." or maybe the reader is her. Or when reading about Donte, I want guys to say, "I aspire to be like him." Or when people read about MJ Braxton, to know that there are people as vile and crass as he is, that walk among us. Or to know that behind every organization, it's not as squeaky clean as the outside world may think. Nothing ever is. That's why the biggest take away from my story is for people to pay attention. It's so incredibly easy to say, but so tough to do. The details are in plain sight, they always have been, but often times, we choose to ignore them until it's too late.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Freedom.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Personal feedback and others reactions to what I've written. I push the envelope a bit, but no more than some of my favorite authors have. I'm a tactful yet calculated envelope pusher, but I always seal the deal.

Sometimes, if I'm upset with someone, I take to the pen first. That way, I don't say something out of anger that I can't get back. Once it's in the atmosphere, it will always be there.

Another great joy is that I get to live out the lives of the characters in my head. A + Mazing. Sometimes, my characters inspire me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything that the pen and paper does, irreplaceable.
What are you working on next?
The next Final Down series. Part 2 if you will, but it most certainly won't be named, Final Down Part 2. : )
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God and my son Aidan.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook. I'm something like a chef you know, without the degree. My dad is a chef. He taught me well.
I am also an avid gym rat, more like a sauna squirrel! I love to workout. I go to the gym almost everyday barring horrific weather.
I enjoy spending time with Aidan. We watch movies, hold close and personal conversations about Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer and Caillou. We also write and color and play cars. He has an amazing collection of toy cars that we just ride all over the floors and walls of the house. I love making him smile.
I clean on my down times, and listen to music. I LOVE MUSIC! All kinds of music, from Pat Metheny and Nelson Rangell to One Republic and Coldplay to Beyonce and Adele to Two Chainz and Drake, Kanye West and JayZ. There's not a song anyone could play, I don't think, that I wouldn't find a way to bop my head to. ; ) I come from an incredibly talented and musically inclined family. We really could've been the next Jackson 5 plus 5 more, had we had it together. I would've been apart of the new generation though. LOL
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
ibooks honestly. I first look at the cover, then I read the synopsis or description. If I like, then I buy it or simply download it, if it's free.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I've written a lot. But, the first play I ever wrote that yielded an audience of 400 + was Manifesto. That was in college.
What is your writing process?
It's all in my head. I think it. I see it. I write it. Then I let the characters tell me where they want to go.
How do you approach cover design?
The same way I do when I write. I think it. I see it. I tell someone to implement it. The End.
Published 2014-04-01.
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Books by This Author

Final Down
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 63,590. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Madison Marx sleeps with the most reckless womanizing player on the team, MJ Braxton, she didn’t expect to get pregnant. There’s just one problem, her boyfriend Donte Welsh is MJ’s teammate, and a multimillion dollar cash cow for the organization. But in a league where winning is driven by power, money, and scandal, Donte’s coaching staff will stop at nothing to keep this matter under-wraps.