New Author Alert! An Interview with Candace Nola
Candace, we are thrilled you have decided to join the Eerie River Author team. Tell us a little bit about yourself and where we can find you.
I am an author and editor from Pittsburgh, PA. I'm a mom to three great kids. I have a day job that keeps the bills paid, and when I am not working, writing, or editing, I can be found reading or painting with my son. I can be found on my website, UncomfortablyDark.com, which is my main website for all my work plus weekly author interviews, book reviews and more all based around the indie author community.
Hank Flynn has had some amazing reviews so far and we are so excited we will be re-releasing this with you this fall. Tell us, what was your inspiration behind the story?
Hank just came about through some conversations with my father about story ideas. My parents were paranormal investigators for most of my adult life and my father was also into demonology. When Death Head's press came out with the splatter western books, I loved them and thought that Hank might make a good candidate for that series. However, when I heard their roster was full for the year, I decided to publish Hank Flynn under my brand instead.
A demon hunter who is deeply faith-based, conflicted in his existence, and wandering the Wild West just seemed like a unique story.
Without giving too much away, tell us your plans for Hank and what can we expect to see from you and Eerie River in the future?
I have several ideas for stories based around Hank Flynn and his journey, however, they are not all set in the Wild West. His travels will take him to many locations as he hunts down the demons that are intent on destroying him and as many innocents as possible.
I hope that fans will love the series as Eerie River moves forward with plans to re-release the original and the next installments. I believe this will be the beginning of a great partnership as Hank's journey continues.
How did you know you wanted to write?
I have always wanted to write, ever since I learned how to read. I read everything I could get my hands on as a child. I loved doing book reports in school and started writing poetry and short stories when I was eleven. Been doing it ever since.
What books did you read as a child that inspired you to become an Author?
ALL OF THEM! I literally read everything from Poe to Twain, Frost to Dickinson, Barker, King and everything in between. Some early favorites were "Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls, Poe’s "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Stand" by Stephen King.
Are you a pessimist, optimist, or realist?
I'm a realist for the most part. I always try to keep moving forward, accept things as they are, change what I can and adapt to the rest. Life is what happens to us while we are busy making plans. I just try to keep that in mind.
What’s your best revenge on the page story to tell us? i.e have you tortured your boss? Killed your MIL?
Nothing to tell....at least not yet.
There is an asteroid descending on earth. There is no escaping it, we are all going to die (I know, this went dark). What is your last meal and who is it with?
Taco's, always Taco's. A massive taco bar with all the fixings. Who with? My children, my mom, Rowland Bercy, Jr., my friend and super fan Dark Rose, and Mike Ennenbach; If I'm allowed more than just my kids.
Do you have any writing rituals?
None. I write whenever I get time. I keep a laptop on the dining room table, a full desktop set-up in my library, and oddly enough, I do a large portion of it on my phone.
Any advice for girls or women who are considering becoming an author?
Do it! Write your story, however you envision it. Someone out there needs to hear it. Practical advice-learn the craft, practice it, take classes, get a mentor, learn the business side. It's not easy. It does take time and discipline to be successful in this industry.
It’s almost cliche that authors live on black coffee and hard liquor. What are you drinking right now?
Protein drinks-Iced Tea-Vitamin Water.
Thank you so much for joining us today.
We know you have a lot going on, so tell us what we can expect from you next outside of the Hank Flynn series.
Other than Hank Flynn, I am working on a second installment for Bishop, a poetry collection, quite a few anthology stories that will be released between this fall and next spring. I also have three chapbooks coming out from Death Heads Press and a couple of other surprises in the works.
Tell us where to find you on social media, let us know what books you have out and what is coming out.
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter (@candace_nola), Instagram (cnola.author), Tik Tok (@uncomfortablydark) and my website www.uncomfortablydark.com.
Current Books Available:
Beyond The Breach
The Baker's Dozen extreme horror anthology published by Uncomfortably Dark.