It has been wonderful working with Candace on this book giveaway and also having her as a friend and mentor as a writer. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the inspiration and person she is!!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d been disappointed that TV medical shows offer lights-and-siren excitement, hospital lingo, and interpersonal drama, but very rarely address issues of faith. As an ER nurse, I saw how many prayers were sent heavenward by patients, family, and medical staff, too. My intent was to “help Grey’s Anatomy find its soul.” And add a measure of wholesome romance, because that’s good medicine too.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I love that other medical authors have arrived on scene, like Dr. Richard Mabry (The Prescription for Trouble series, Stress Test), and Jordyn Redwood (Proof, Poison). It’s like having a team again, being back in “scrubs.” I also enjoy reading the work of fellow Tyndale author Janice Cantore (the Pacific Coast Justice series). She’s a veteran police officer, and I’m a retired ER nurse—those careers often intersect, and I love that she and I now share a readership.
What are your current projects?
Rescue Team, the continuing story of nurse of Kate Callison of Trauma Plan, releases May 1st. And I’ve just completed the final manuscript in the Grace Medical series, (working title) First Responder.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
(Smiling) It’s funny that you should ask this question. When we sent advanced copies of Rescue Team out for early reads, authors Janice Cantore and Jordyn Redwood offered gracious endorsements. But both of these suspense authors asked the same question about a secondary plot line that didn’t feel quite “tied up.” I sent an SOS of sorts to my wonderful editor, and was able to insert a few lines before the final book went to print. The advanced copies, however, had already been printed. Reviewers who got a copy from me, will find a separate note tucked into pg. 352 with my added (“spoiler”) edit. Yes, I am that compulsive!
Who designed the covers?
Thank you for asking. I love the chance to give Tyndale House’s art and design department a round of applause! The covers for my Mercy Hospital series were designed by the very talented Mark Anthony Lane II. I hear he got teased plenty about all the hours he spent online searching for photos of good looking men! My newest cover designer, Stephen Vosloo, is also a photographer, so the search for cover heroes went “live” with a photo shoot. Trauma Plan’s Texan hero apparently has a delightful South African accent.
I was even more surprised to learn that the cover model for Rescue Team served several tours of Afghanistan—such an honor to have my story’s hero depicted by a real life hero.
Thank you, Lyn. I so appreciate this opportunity to connect with your readers. And I’d love to have them “scrub in” with my stories of hope. For more information they can visit my website: www.candacecalvert.com