People often ask me how I started writing. To tell the truth, one
morning I got out of bed and announced to my husband, Robert, that
I was going to write children's books. He opened his eyes, looked at
me and broke into a gale of laughter. So I took his laughter as a kind
of dare and began to write picture books. I dove in head first and
learned all I could about the technique and tried my hand. Some of
my stories were really cute, but I soon learned that it was a hard field
to crack into. I took a correspondence course and my instructor, a
wonderful, supportive lady by the name of Jean Soule, became my
mentor and one of my dearest friends. The world lost a wonderful,
warm and most talented lady when she died. I know how much she
meant just to me.
As time progressed, my writing evolved and the audience I was
soon targeting grew older until I took a plunge into the adult world of
confessions. And from there my work blossomed. Even though I've
had several novels published and over two-hundred short stories,
my biggest thrill will always be when the Chicken Soup people
contacted me and asked if I had a story to contribute to their
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE KID'S SOUL ANTHOLOGY. I actually didn't
and banged out a story. It was accepted and I ended up having two
book signings, one at the Book Revue in Huntington, NY and
Borders in Stony Brook, NY on September 19, 1998. It was part of a
nationwide book signing event where every author in the book took
part to raise money for charity. It was a lot of fun and I met many
people who enjoyed my story, Daddy's Girl, at Long Last. I guess
that was exactly what it's all about. Touching people with your work.
In fact, one young girl became my penpal for a short time and
another won first prize in a writing contest in which they had to
select their favorite story and write why they liked it.
Even though I've left the children's market behind, I never stopped
loving children's books. One day, I'll pick up where I left off. But for
now, Candy Caine will continue writing her erotica and Candace
Gold will do her less edgier work. And that's where I am today.