LaToya: Hi Kandii, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Kandii: Hello LaToya, Thank you for having me. I’ve become a fan.
LaToya: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Kandii: I want to write what I enjoy reading. I’m grateful just to be able to live and experience my passion. I love literature.
LaToya: Which writers inspire you?
Kandii: I’ve only written four novellas. I read everything. Walter Mosely, Zane, Anne Rice, Tananarive Due, Octavia Butler, Steven King, Jasper Fforde. I read everything.
LaToya: What are you working on at the minute?
Kandii: I have just released a sample portion of my erotic novella The Parting Gift. It’s a novella in ‘The Flesh Is Weak Chronicles’ I am co-creator for that erotic series with KoKo Strokes.
LaToya: What genre are your books and why?
Kandii: Erotica so far but I definitely see some sci-fi/paranormal erotic novels coming in the future.
LaToya: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Kandii: Kandii enjoys fiction about aliens, shifters, and well chiseled human males.
LaToya: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Kandii: Possible could be my latest but I’d like Angela Basset or Sanaa Lathan to portray Nora Hastings in “The Younger Man.”
LaToya: When did you decide to become a writer?
Kandii: I’ve been writing since I was in high school.
LaToya: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Kandii: Part-time, I have a full-time job, a family but I write whenever I can.
LaToya: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Kandii: I usually write after work into the night.
LaToya: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Kandii: No, I wish I was that structured. I see the story in my head like a movie and I just put it down on paper…that could mean writing until I literally fall asleep.
LaToya: Where do your ideas come from?
Kandii: I daydream constantly. I get ideas from any situation that I’m in. I’m thinking of an alien abduction novella about a blogger who leaves a hotel after an interview with a reclusive writer…
LaToya: Do you work with an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
Kandii: I have just started using a scaled down outline because of the number of characters that inhabit my brain. Putting them down on paper really helps. I generally just start typing and run with my original idea.
LaToya: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Kandii: I’ve been published since 2013…I’m still evolving. I’m learning about the business and I’ve learned that there is so much for me to learn. I try to be a sponge. I have no pride and I am grateful for any advice or criticism I receive.
LaToya: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Kandii: I struggle with names. I have scoured the internet and thrifts for books with the best baby name of 1986… but names for characters are difficult for me.
LaToya: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Kandii: Meeting my deadline. This year has been super busy for me. I’m trying to embrace an ideology of the deadline…but I’m such a free spirit it's hard. Also just in general writing, the novel, novella putting it down on paper just completing is always hard.
LaToya: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Kandii: The ideas… the stories come to me so easily…I really find it hard the write all the ideas down.
LaToya: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Kandii: With all that’s going one in my life full-time job, family, …a short novella can be done in three months.
LaToya: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Kandii: Still Writing with pages of novels to my credit. I’d also like to get my short stories on audio book. I love audio books. LaToya I’d like to be just as well read and received as Zane in five years…that’s a goal I can focus on.
LaToya: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Kandii: I wish I could have started publishing my writings sooner. I would tell myself to believe in my gift and share it.
LaToya: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Kandii: I wanted to meet Maya Angelou…because her writing moved me.
LaToya: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Kandii: Hmmm, any book … The Temple of my Familiar by Alice Walker. It is an empowering novel about women’s strength/wisdom and how we’ve been seduced and tricked into giving it up. Also, it’s about Celie’s ancestors. It’s a wonderful read.
LaToya: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Kandii: Write…find time to write and finish the novel. Do the work, then repeat with the next story…over and over again.
Connect with Kandii:
Amazon Author Page: http://author.to/kandii.caine
The Back Breaker http://mybook.to/TBB
Emba’s Tale http://mybook.to/ET
The Younger Man http://mybook.to/TYM
The Parting Gift Part 1 Http://myBook.to/TPGPone