Monday, September 16, 2013

Blood and Bone by Candace Osmond‏

Born in 1985 as Candace Osmond in North York Ontario, I began to travel with my parents at the very young age of four years old. I had lived all over Canada and seen everything my country has to offer, from the enchanting shores of Newfoundland to the gigantic snowcapped mountains of British Columbia all by the time I was ten. I did, however, spend most of my life in Eastern Canada where I was surrounded by folklore and legends, not knowing how they would shape my personality and imagination for the rest of my life.

Being the only girl of my age in a small group of kids, in an even smaller town, left me spending most of my time by myself and, in result, letting my imagination take over. I would sit by the shore and dream up stories of mermaids and other fantastic creatures to pass the time. Coming from a family with writers and artists dispersed throughout, it was only natural that I spend my time writing, drawing and reading. I dreamed of becoming nothing more than an artist, a creator of any kind. By the age of eleven, I spent most of my waking hours scribbling down short stories, poems and anything else I could think of, while adding my own personal illustrations. By the age of fourteen, I had won numerous local and minor arts and writing competitions.

I excelled at anything art and literature related so, naturally, I planned to attend university for nothing more or less than that. In 2003 I planned to attend university for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. But, with the fear that I would spend all my time and money on an education and end up in a field that I may very well struggle to succeed in, I backed out and attended school for Design instead. Now, a successful Designer specializing in interiors, I met a man and fell in love. His passion and talent for art far exceeds my own, but he motivated me and awakened my old habits of staying up late and waking up early to scribble down dreams and ideas before I had forgotten them and they disappeared forever.

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The stakes are high in the second installment of The Iron World Series as Avery Quinn decides which path her life will take. Become a vampire and be with Jack forever, or pledge herself to the Fey and help save Faerie from the horrible Queen Mabry?

The more she thinks about it the more she wants to remain human. But as she sinks further into the magical world she has come to love, Avery realizes that remaining human is next to impossible, especially when a dark king sets his sights on her. To make matters worse, a secret society of shape shifters have sworn themselves as Avery’s enemy all because of a certain classmate with a caustic temperament.

With a mythical war brewing and Evaine close on her heels, Avery must decide who to give her humanity to before it’s too late.


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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I've always had a fascination with the mythical world. I grew up on the east coast of Canada where folklore is everywhere. So, I guess you could say that Iron World is sort of my fantasy. The characters just sort of came to life the more I wrote.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
The first book took me about four years because I didn't know how serious I was about it. Once it was published, and I had to start on the second book, I had a whole new perspective and attitude. I think I wrote Blood & Bone in less than a year.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Knowing that I can do whatever I want. I can create worlds, people, races, myths, etc. It's like having a giant coloring book that never ends.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Uggg…editing. Even though I have a professional editor, I'm still a huge part of the process. It's daunting and I end up second guessing a lot of what I wrote because I have to read it a thousand times. But, it's so worth it. A great editor can mean the difference between a best seller and a piece of crap that no one wants to read.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Either Robert Downey Jr. or Jennifer Lawrence. RDJ for is confidence and witty comebacks. And Jennifer Lawrence because she's just way too awesome. Just watch any of her interviews on YouTube and you'll agree.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A bottle of pickled asparagus that my fiancé insists on keeping. I'm sure it's at least a year old. We even took it with us when we moved this summer. (it was just a few blocks away, but still!)

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Tons! The third, and final, book in the Iron World Series. Plus, some co-authored children's books, a thriller novel about a secret society of organ harvesters, and also a big idea in the works to create a platform for new writers and aspiring authors. Follow me Twitter or Facebook to be kept in the loop.

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