Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and ninety-first, is of memoirist and interviewee Candy Marie Bridges. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights. Right now through to August 14, 2013 you can enter to win a narrated copy of Candy’s book on www.Goodreads.com.
At the beginning of her story, Candy shares her name at birth.
Last Name: Cotten. First Name: Candy.
Sweet as it sounds, it doesn’t necessarily mean she is. No, as she grows, she’s stubborn, determined and faith-filled. Throughout her life when uncomfortable or unexpected news blindly approaches, she finds her own creative ways to deal with them. News like her father cheating on her mother when Candy was just a little girl. She always wanted to feel like the Queen of the World when she was with her Dad, but that just couldn’t be. Dad was too busy with self gratification.
Friendships, family, fun, disaster, and ultimately the most unexpected reality later in Candy’s life shocks her to oblivion when her husband’s wrongful death by a hospital employee are all revealed to you. This book is full of inspiring stories that will prompt you to think about your own life and what you might do when life shocks you and then takes you to places you never imagined.
And now from the author herself:
Who me? Write my memoir?
It never entered my mind to write my memoir until I kept getting the same questions over and over from visitors. Questions like, Why are you doing what you’re doing? What made you move here? How did this place come to be?
After re-living in my mind all I was sharing out loud to so many people by answering their questions, I realized I was only scratching the surface. I needed to tell them everything and details so they understood the whole story. And so I decided to begin writing where my most vivid memories started. Standing in line on the first day of school of third grade. From that one memory, the writing flowed like rain. In fact, the thoughts became words and the words sentences and then paragraphs and full pages and then chapters. All completely making sense to both me and the reader as to why I am here doing what I am doing.
It was something almost supernatural that drove me to the challenge of writing. During the four months I wrote, I cried, I laughed, I re lived memories I really didn’t want to re live, and embraced those I remembered. I started writing at 5:00am each morning and sometimes wrote until 5:00pm. On those 12 hour days, it only seemed like minutes of writing. Many days I wrote as if a train was speedily rolling down the track and could not go any faster.
Writing was both healing and challenging. I learned the true source of healing, hope and faith had always permeated my life, even when life was unfair. I realized how much my faith in God has cemented my ability to press on when life’s challenges were almost too much to bear.
I have recently self narrated my book, Meet Me In The Mountains, which is now available on Audible.com. Click the link to download and listen. I would appreciate reviews on the audible site after you listen to my story.
Meet Me In the Mountains is also available on Kindle and Paperback at:
In addition, right now through August 14, 2013 you can enter to win a narrated copy of my book on www.Goodreads.com.
You can find more about Candy and her writing via… her website: http://www.candymariebridges.com
You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my Books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping List) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.
For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.
As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do. If there’s anything you’d like to take part in, take a look at Opportunities on this blog.
I welcome items for critique for the online writing groups listed below:
Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
We look forward to reading your comments.