Behind the Scenes

The question writers are most often asked is where they get their ideas. Go “behind the scenes” of each of Candice’s books to find out what inspired her stories.

Behind the Scenes from
Fate Strikes a Bargain


This anthology was the second by the same group of authors who wanted to use a single plot line for each of their stories. The intent was to demonstrate that, no matter now similar the plot, no two stories are ever alike. This time, the plot was chosen by readers. Read more about how that happened.

Behind the Scenes from
A Change of Heart


Both Jack and Mary were introduced (to readers, not to each other) in the previous book, A Proper Companion. Since that book had two perfectly gorgeous protagonists (a typical first book situation), I wanted these two to be less than perfect. So Mary is short, a bit on the plump side, and somewhat plain. Jack, who’s lived a hard life of debauchery, has a face that shows the results of all that high living – a bit craggy, a hint of dissipation.

The opening scene of this book, along with the backstories of Jack and Mary, popped into my head full blown shortly after I began writing A Proper Companion, so, I knew quite a bit about their characters as I wrote the first book. I couldn’t wait to get to their story.

No matter how many characters I have created since, none have stayed with me as long as Jack and Mary. I have spun complete histories for them – 5, 10, 20 years after the book ends.