While writers come in all shapes and sizes, they also come from diverse backgrounds. Careers range from lawyers, doctors, pilots, librarians, mothers, wives, waitresses…you name it and some author has probably done it.
I’m always thrilled when I can write about special things happening to authors in their “other” careers. Today Variety announced that Candace Havens was named president of The Television Critics Association. Candace has been covering television for over 23 years and her columns appear in over 600 newspapers. She also does a weekly radio program reviewing movies.
I caught up with Candace and her busy life to ask her a few burning questions.
BV: How long have you been writing romance?
CH: I’ve been writing romance since September 2003. I was actually here in Los Angeles for press tour when a friend suggested I’d be good at writing romance. I went home and wrote one.
BV: What came first romance or columnist?
CH: I’ve been writing about television for 23 years and film for 15, so that part of my life came first.
BV: Which is more fun?
CH: You know what, it’s fun getting to talk to actors, writers and celebs about their shows and movies. And it’s even more fun to create new worlds. But I honestly love them both. They use
different parts of my brain and I like going back and forth between the two worlds.
BV: Best interview?
CH: I don’t know if it’s my best interview, but my favorite person to talk to is Tom Hanks. He’s an incredible human being.
BV: Most interesting?
CH: I love it when I get to do one of the Discovery channel or National Geographic shows and there is science involved. I love my geeks.
BV: Has interviewing celebrities influenced your writing?
CH: Well, Joss Whedon, who created Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse, was a big influence when it came to creating strong female characters. I wrote a book about him, “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy,” and I also learned about crossing genres. I haven’t ever been able to write a book that doesn’t cross genres in some way.
BV: Why do you offer free writing classes?
CH: It is my way of giving back to a community that was very good to me. I know what it’s like to be out there needing information about the publishing world. And it was my way to help 1800 people at once.
BV: When do you find the time to do all you do?
CH: I don’t sleep much these days. I’ve also had to teach myself to be focused. I’m also in graduate school right now. One minute I might be writing a paper about the psychology behind creativity. Two hours later I may be writing about a witch who protects the British prime minister. The next hour I might be discussing press tour with the networks. I know it sounds crazy and sometimes it is overwhelming, but I’ve surrounded myself with great supportive people and that helps.
CH: I have new book out in November with Harlequin Blaze, Model Marine. I’m working on sequels for my Charmed & Dangerous series and I’ll also be working on some anthologies that I can’t talk about yet. Oh, and I wrote a steampunk short story for Fen Con that I’m going to turn into a novel.
Congratulations and thanks to Candace for taking the time to enlighten us on your amazing endeavors. For more information on the Television Critics Association, click here. The TCA is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, check the hashtag #TCAs11. You can also check out Candace Haven’s complete bio here.
Bottom Line: “Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” ~Author Unknown