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Hopes and dreams. We all have them, and we’ve probably all experienced broken dreams as well. I am happy to have Candee Fick visiting with us again today to share her newest release, Focus on Love, a sweet story of hope despite broken dreams. Before we begin, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
Meanwhile sought-after photographer Ryan Callahan has put his career on hold to help his sister’s family while her husband is deployed, but the promise of a bigger assignment could lure him away from building a family of his own.
If given the choice, what dreams would develop? Or will they learn to focus on love instead?
Welcome back, Candee! What inspired you to write this series or Focus on Love in particular?
The Wardrobe series started with a lingering snippet from a dream, followed by a song, and then a verse. I awoke one day with the image of a dancer stranded on the outskirts of a theater company and felt her longing to belong. A bit later, I heard a song on the radio that talked about being amazed at the love of God who dances over us. That song was based on Zephaniah 3:17—“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
In the first book, I kept the emphasis on God’s joy (which actually implies a whirling about like dancing) as the heroine discovered God was watching over her from the wings. In Focus On Love, I zoomed in on the phrase that God would “quiet you with his love” because that was the message that my heroine Liz needed to hear the most after being raised in a strict religious household and then banished. The conclusion of the series is all about my formerly-devious diva learning to sing a new song as she encounters the amazing love of God.
She did seem like she needed a story of her own! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
The Wardrobe Dinner Theatre from the book is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. I live in a nearby town so I am familiar with the area. And while the theater in my book is fictional, it is a compilation of features and layouts from three dinner theaters in the general area with a little creative license thrown in. In addition to actually attending shows to absorb the setting, I also interviewed an actress at one of them. She gave me the inside scoop about company housing which puts the actresses into the same apartment…for more potential offstage drama.
How fun! Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
For me, it’s all about time blocking. First, I have regular times to dream and write down everything I’d like to do in the next year in multiple areas of my life. I break down each project into a list of tasks or specific goals for each quarter. Then, week-by-week, I have blocks of time set aside for writing, marketing, growing in my craft, family stuff, etc. where I can work on the next item on each list. I recently found a Dream Keeper planner by Susan May Warren that helps me track all of the above and more in one single book.
Finding a good plan (and a way to keep track of it!) is so important. Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
It’s all about love. Love God. Love others as I love myself. And walk daily in a personal relationship rather than a list of rules and expectations. I learned these lessons years ago, revisited them while writing Focus On Love, and now feel God calling me deeper still to invest myself into the relationships that matter most.
I love that reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in expectations, both our own and others, and miss that most basic component. Can you give any hints about what you are working on now?
After turning in the last book in The Wardrobe series, I’m starting to work on what I call my castle project. Basically it’s a contemporary romance about a bookwormish, castle historian living her life in other people’s stories until she meets the hero who challenges her to embark on her own adventure. Since she’s a book lover, there will be snippets from the stories she’s reading…which will be published in a novella collection of their own to go along with the main story. All of the themes and lessons are interwoven and I’ve had an absolute blast brainstorming five books at once!
Oh, that sounds very fun! I can’t wait to read them! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Candee!
Your turn! Have you been to a dinner theater before? Or do you know of one you’d like to visit?
More about Candee:
Candee Fick is a multi-published author in both fiction and non-fiction. She is also 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, writing, or coaching other authors, she can be found cheering on the home team at sporting events, exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
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Also by Candee:
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?
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.
Focus on Love Giveaway:
Candee has graciously offered to give away an ecopy of Focus on Love. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post to answer the question above. (Have you been to a dinner theater before? Or do you know of one you’d like to visit?) Comments must be posted by the end of the day on March 8, 2018 (Central) to be included. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.