Interview with Tawdra Kandle

Published 2018-11-14.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was an Army brat, so I lived all over the country. Eventually, my family moved back to South Jersey, where we were originally from. I loved that area--close enough to NYC and Philadelphia to enjoy the cities and yet smack in the middle of farmland--and near the shore, too. Several of my series are set there.
What's the story behind your name? Is it your real name?
It IS my real name! So here’s the story: My parents found out that I was on my way right before my dad left for his first tour of Vietnam (so you can probably take a good guess at my age. . .). Since this was before email or cell phones, they wanted to choose names before my father left. A boy’s name was pre-determined: my mother insisted a son would be named for my dad. But a girl’s name presented a greater challenge.

My father liked the name Audra, but there was an extended family member with whom my mother was not close, and she was afraid that person would think they were calling their baby after her. So my dad, who was famous for his ability to compromise, suggested that they take the “T” from their last name (Thompson), add it to Audra. . change the “u” to a “w” (I have no idea why they decided to do that) and make it Tawdra.

The postscript is that my mom didn’t really love the new name; but she knew she was having a boy, and so she didn’t worry about it. Her doctor also assured her that the baby was a boy.

Months later, I was born. The doctor took one look at me and said, “Holy shit, it’s a girl.” And my mom was stuck with giving me that crazy name (she comforted herself by choosing my middle name).

I’ve spent my life spelling my name to new teachers, new friends. . .explaining its pronunciation. . .the most common mistake seems to be that people think there’s an “n” in there somewhere.

I’ve never met another Tawdra, although apparently there was a native American tribe with my name (Miskito Indians, also known as Tawdra or the people of beautiful hair) and at one point, there was a fairly unpleasant character in some online game that also had my name.

In spite of the drawbacks, I’m grateful to my parents for gifting me with this unique name. It’s been a great boon as an author. . .I’m the writer with purple hair and the weird name.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing as long as I can remember. Story telling is in my blood.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was an early supporter of indie authors. I have always been appreciative of the options and support the Smashwords community offers to indie authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating new worlds, quirky characters and intriguing situations are what keep writing joyful for me!
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers. They are loyal and supportive--and they love my characters as much as I do. They make my job my joy.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third Anti-Cinderella book, as well as a couple of my military romances in the Career Soldier series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to spend time with my family when I'm not writing. I also enjoy traveling--and of course reading!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course. I wrote a long story about three friends and their adventures--when I was ten.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm really excited about The Anti-Cinderella books. They've come about in a totally different way for me; I actually had the idea for the title and the cover first, and then the story fell into place. I love that Kyra is not a typical royal romance heroine. She's strong, independent and not at all interested in being glamorous. It was so much fun to write this story, particularly with all of the royal love going on now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am proudly indie. I love being in control of business and career. I love that I can write what I want, when I want. And I love our indie community. We're supportive, loyal and very powerful. Indies rock!
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