How often do you write? And when do you write?
I write whenever I have time. Ideally, I would write every day but that’s not always possible with work and family. Usually, I write at least four days of the week. I give myself one full day to really get stuck into my next projects.
Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?
I have absolutely no writing schedule because I need to write when ideas strike me. That may be at 5am or midnight, or any time in between. It may be in the shower, travelling in the car, taking a walk on the beach or when I’m drifting off to sleep. The most important thing, for me, is to make sure I get those ideas down when I have them, otherwise they are quickly lost. I need to write while those story images are in my mind.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it - What keeps you going?
The love of writing makes it easy for me to keep going. It makes me feel good to write so it’s something I need to do for myself if nothing else.
Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you?
My novel writing teacher, Liam Davison, is also an author and he really inspired me to keep writing. He was very encouraging and also had the knack of knowing exactly what I needed to do to strengthen my writing.
What’s your favorite meal?
I love Asian dishes – Thai is my absolute favourite.
What color represents your personality the most?
Red. I get pretty passionate about things and I can get fired up easily.
What movie do you love to watch?
The Breakfast Club. I just think it’s a fabulous exploration of relationships and feelings in the young characters.
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
Yes and no. They can be a huge distraction and way of procrastinating instead of writing but I love the connections you can make and keep with people and the abundance of information available through social media. This is all great because as a writer you work in isolation a lot of the time.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
When I was little I wanted to be a pilot. I had a flying lesson a few years ago so one day I’d love to learn to fly.
What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life?
I went to a water theme park when I was younger. I slid down a waterslide in my bikini only to find it had pretty much completely come off by the time I reached the bottom. There I was lying on the flat part of the slide with a bunch of guys standing nearby. I didn’t know which part to try and cover up first.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
I like the city for short visits but ultimately I like to be around nature, especially the coast. I’m pretty much a coasty and hope to always live by the sea as I do now.
What’s your next project?
I have a couple of projects on the go. I’m working on a young adult novel and I’m also completing a six-book space adventure series for kids.
What would you love to produce in your life?
I would love to make a film.
What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?
I think we’re all just here to contribute what we can in the best way possible. I hope that my writing brings something to people’s lives.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think it’s a really personal decision. I think if you self publish you need to be excellent at marketing your work and it also helps to have a specific audience for the work.
Do you know your neighbors?
I do know a lot of my neighbours. I’m lucky to have nice people around me. We pretty much keep to ourselves, which I like, but I know they’d always be there if needed. For example, my neighbours have helped me save a koala, recapture my escapee dog, and remove pesky palm fronds to take to the tip. There are lots of neighbourhood kids too which is nice for me and my family.
A boy. A boat. A storm.
One day that will tear a family apart.
Two sisters are reunited, but for how long? Can their fragile relationship survive once the secrets of the past are finally unlocked?
A mother’s dying wish sends twin sisters Lauren and Trina back to the place of their childhood vacations, on the Gippsland Lakes, to restore and sell a dilapidated houseboat. Although the twins were almost inseparable throughout childhood, a wild storm and the events that followed drove the girls apart in their teenage years. Now, ten years later, Lauren and Trina are forced to face each other and themselves as they discover the role their mother played in their estrangement. As the houseboat is gradually stripped bare, so are the lives of these women as the truth emerges.
A story of secrets and betrayal, Unloched takes the reader on an emotional journey through the landscape of the family. Commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an unpublished manuscript, this is Candice Lemon-Scott’s debut novel.
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Genre - Literary fiction
Rating – PG-13