Author Spotlight/Interview: Candace Knoebel

Posted November 21, 2014 by sarah in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.
Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.
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A Night Watchmen Series Companion Novella…

Set before Everlasting, the addicting start to the Night Watchmen Series, The Gramm Curse is a prequel novella told from Jaxen Gramm’s perspective.

How far is one willing to go for love?

Before finding a love that shakes the entire foundation of his world, Jaxen Gramm only had his Witch, Jezibelle Beaumont, to worry about. He’s her Hunter, and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe from the curse placed on his bloodline, even if it means keeping her far from his heart. But when a spell is offered that has the power to remove the curse, temptation clouds the ethical judgment of the Gramm brothers and their Witches.

In this action-packed novella, enter the dark recesses of Jaxen’s mind as he battles with himself over a decision that could not only cost him his life, but the life of fellow Coven members. Reunite with Gavin, Cassie, Mack, and Jezi as they dance around the dangers of a civil war on the brink of beginning.

What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?

The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.

But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous.

Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life…but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?


The stunning sequel to the thrilling paranormal romance novel Everlasting!

One lie will change everything.

Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.

With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?

But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?

Interview with Candace Knoebel

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?

 – My favorite thing about being a writer is the response from the readers when they fall in love with the characters who have haunted me for years. There’s nothing better than writing their story, putting it out there for the world to judge, and then hearing that the readers feel the same love  I do, if not more, about the characters living in my head.

 Who helped push you into writing?

  – I kind of pushed myself. I’ve always loved writing. Anything art-related really. But the idea behind the Born in Flames trilogy plagued me for awhile… until I finally sat down and attempted to put my thoughts on paper. And once I started, I asked my best friend (and fellow author) Sonya Loveday if she would read what I wrote. She did… and it’s all history from there.

 What inspired you to write Everlasting?

  – I was nearing the end of the trilogy and had to settle on one of the many ideas I had piled up to write next. Ideas come to me all the time, be it from a song I heard or an image I’ve seen, and I just write them down and save them for later. Everlasting was initially an entirely different idea that I decided to expand on and, somehow, it became what it is now. The characters are the biggest drive. They pretty much tell me where the story goes.

 Are any characters named after anyone in your real life?

  – Not yet, but the majority of their birthdays are from people I know. It’s the subtle things. 😉

 What book are you currently reading?

  – This Sky by Autumn Doughton

 If you could have lunch with any author, past or present, who would it be?

 – J.K. Rowling of course. She practically raised me as far as literary influence.

 Can you share with us what you’re currently working on?

 – I’m working on the third book, Everlost, in the Night Watchmen Series, and also a spin-off idea involving… wolves.

 Is there anything else we should know about you?

  – Nothing I think you would care to know lol. My life is pretty boring. Two kids, two dogs, and always a Red Bull at hand is where the rest of my time goes.

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