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It’s Release Day! Isn’t it fun to find that a book you’ve been waiting for has finally released? We visited with Candee Fick last fall when her debut novel, Catch of a Lifetime, released. Today her second book has arrived! 🙂 Before we visit with Candee, let’s take a look at this new story, Dance Over Me.
Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage, but a jealous cast member and numerous fruitless leads threaten to drop the curtain on her dreams and shine a spotlight on her longing for a place to belong. Meanwhile, Alex Sheridan is living his dream except for someone to share it with. When Dani dances into his life, he hopes he’s found the missing piece to his heart but fears the bright lights of a bigger stage could steal her away.
Will the rhythm of dancing feet usher in their deepest desires or leave them stranded in the wings?
Welcome back, Candee! And happy book birthday! Let’s start with five fast favorites today. What is your:
Favorite color? Green.
Favorite season? Spring.
Favorite writing snack? Dark chocolate chips. (Hey, they’re supposed to be healthy for you…in moderation.)
True… Favorite beverage? Diet Dr Pepper.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and Cream.
Now I’m getting the munchies! Tell us about Dance Over Me. What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
The initial idea for this novel grew into a series once I started to get to know the characters. The title for this first book, Dance Over Me, comes from the song “Amazed” by Phillips Craig and Dean that talks about God dancing over us while we are unaware because the heroine will discover that God is working behind the scenes in her life. That song in turn was inspired by Zephaniah 3:17 which says, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love, he will exult over you with loud singing.” (ESV) (By the way, the Hebrew word for rejoice implies a joyful spinning or a dance.) With the first book, I thought it would be fun to have a dancer illustrate some of that joy on the stage. I’m currently revising book two, called Focus on Love, where God quiets the restless heart of an artist with the truth of His love and am starting to write book three, Sing a New Song, where a former diva finally hears God’s song for her life.
I love those themes! We’ll have to keep an eye out for the rest of the series… Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I love musicals and dinner theaters are the ideal way to bring the glamour of a Broadway production closer to home. Of course, by bringing the theater to me, that also meant I didn’t have to research living in New York in addition to the other acting, dancing, singing, and stage elements already required for the story. The fictional Wardrobe Dinner Theater is a compilation of several theaters I have been to in the general area and hopefully is familiar enough that readers across the country feel like they’ve been there too.
How fun! Now for the great reader debate… Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
My favorite is the e-reader mostly because I can easily carry lots of books with me wherever I go and my budget can better afford to keep up with my reading addiction thanks to e-books. I now reserve the paper for my all-time favorites or autographed copies.
Then books that become all-time favorites might have to be purchased twice, in order to hold a coveted shelf spot… 😉 Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
Sanity? That ship sailed a long time ago along with “normal.” After all, I’m an author who talks to imaginary people in my head. That said, I’ve learned to break all of my projects (both writing and personal/family) into lists of smaller tasks, prioritize those tasks into the order they need to get done, and then actually schedule those next steps into my weekly calendar. I can then focus on one day at a time while still knowing that I’m making progress toward the big picture dreams. (I use a free online/application tool called Trello to keep my crazy brain organized.)
The second part of this equation involves establishing routines. By putting regular activities like laundry, cleaning, or errands into a routine, I don’t have that layer of stress because I know that the basic maintenance of my home and family will get done. The “auto-pilot” feature of a routine also frees up more of my brain power to dream and imagine and pre-write scenes so that I’ve got a head start when it’s time to sit down in front of my computer.
Those are great suggestions! Sometimes routines can be tough to establish, but the effort certainly pays off. Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
It’s interesting to me that as I’ve been praying for direction in my writing career, God has been circling back to that verse in Zephaniah that inspired this series. He’s right here with me. He’s mighty. His love can quiet my stress-filled panic-mode. And He’s my biggest cheerleader. It’s almost like God has been saying, “Relax. I’ve got this and it’s going to be amazing.” So as I went to the ACFW conference last month to talk to agents and again as I’m releasing Dance Over Me today, I’m reminded of the words to the song that inspired the title…and I am still amazed that He loves me.
It’s a bit overwhelming to think that the God of the universe rejoices over us. And yet that’s exactly what His Word says. Pretty amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Candee!
Your turn! Have you been to a theater performance? Do you have a favorite, or one you’d love to see?
More about Candee:
Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
You can connect with Candee online:
Website/Blog: www.CandeeFick.com (Can sign up for email updates here as well)
Also by Candee:
He breathes football. She shudders at the very mention of the sport. After a tragedy involving a football player destroyed her family, athletic trainer and graduate student Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start, but a change in financial aid lands her in the middle of her worst nightmare. Meanwhile, rookie coach Reed worries his dream career will slip away as injuries plague his players and his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility. As the two work together to salvage the season, sparks fly, and Reed must eventually choose between the game he cherishes and the woman he loves.
‘Dance Over Me’ Giveaway:
Candee is generously offering to give away a copy of Dance Over Me (paperback for a US winner; ebook for an international winner). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.