A short Q&A session with the fabulous author of the Dream Horse Mysteries, Candace Carrabus.
Questions by Suzi Tyrrell & Answers by Candace
- Q: The Dream Horse Mystery series definitely pulls you. We come along for a ride that’s more like a rollercoaster than horse back! It’s thrilling!! So our first question is – where did the idea for Dream Horse Mysteries come from?
A: The Dream Horse Mysteries were partly inspired by the funny experiences we had after moving to a farm as well as some of the amazing people we’ve met along the way. But Vi was one of those characters who emerged from my subconscious with a clear voice and strong attitude. Her story had to be told.
- Q: In On the Buckle we find out that Vi has a special gift. Do you believe in receiving messages from the “other side?”
A: Wholeheartedly! But recognizing and interpreting them is a whole ‘nother thing.
- Q: Anyone who follows you on social media knows you have a busy life. How do you find the time to write and do you have a writing process?
A: This is always a challenge, and not just for me. Many authors write around full-time jobs and the demanding schedules of their children. Having a family that understands and supports what you’re doing is a huge help, and I do. When I’m writing a book, I think about it almost all the time especially as I’m falling asleep at night (which could explain my vivid dreams!) and when I first wake up in the morning. Sometimes, I make a few notes. When I sit down to write, the scenes and dialogue are clear in my mind, so the writing itself goes quickly. At the same time, I’m a total panster, so even though I know what’s going to happen next, I don’t always know exactly HOW it’s going to happen. My characters never stop surprising me!
- Q: Let’s give a mention to the wholesome, home cooked food you write about! What is your favorite food?
A: I’ve never met a starch I didn’t like and love to bake bread and make my own pasta. I try to stick to lots of fresh fruit and veggies, but to me, there’s nothing better then a slice of toast slathered with butter. And pie, I do love pie. A piece of hot apple pie with a nice hunk of cheddar cheese melting over it is a special treat. My great-grandmother used to say that pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. A discussion of food wouldn’t be complete without mentioning chocolate. Dark with nuts (in case you’re thinking of sending me some…)
- Q: In Run Out we learn that some things are worth our time to cherish and grow. Like Giacomo’s tomato plants. Do you have a favorite plant or flower?
A: I grow my own herbs and try to dry them or make something out of them before winter. Like pesto. That pasta I mentioned above? I’ll have it with basil or oregano pesto most of the time. I also grow lavender and never tire of that fragrance.
- Q: We know Vi loves whipped cream, do you have a go-to stress food?
A: My greatest weakness is cookies. Oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, Fig Newtons…you name it. If I’m stressed and there are cookies in the house, I’ll have the entire package done before I realize what I’m doing.
- Q: Vi’s story appears to have come full circle. Is this the last book in the series or have you got another on deck?
A: Never say never. I did intend Wrong Lead to wrap up the series. I have thoughts about possible spinoffs, and might write more Dream Horse Mysteries in the future, but I have a backlog of other projects to complete first.