Author Candice Gilmer Interview by Michelle M. Pillow (Originally published in Paranormal Underground Magazine)
Author Candice Gilmer Interview
Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com
I had the pleasure of meeting author Candice Gilmer at a joint booksigning a few years back. If you follow my other articles in Paranormal Underground Magazine, you know that I’ve had my first paranormal investigations with the Wichita Paranormal Research Society (WPRS). It was at this same signing that I met the group, including Candice’s husband, WPRS Investigator Bob Gilmer. Needless to say, we’ve talked several times since.
Writing has been a natural evolution for Candice over the years. She’s been telling stories since she was old enough to speak. “What started out as merely reciting the words of Cinderella when I was three developed into a love for stories and story telling that to this day rules my life,” said Candice. Like any good storyteller, her stories get bigger with every telling of them.
Her latest release, book three in the The Moonlight and Shadows series, Broken Shine can be purchased online at Amazon.com and in bookstores. You can learn more about Candice and her books at her website, candicegilmer.com.
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Q: In your book, Broken Shine, your hero Liam is an immortal Knight Templar. What inspired you to create such a character?
Candice: Well, I liked the idea of mythical creatures living in the world, vampires, werewolves, dragons, yeti, all of them somewhere. But I always thought there should be some kind of police force for them, some organization that kept them in line. And the Immortal Knights Templar were born.
Q: When world building, did you base your story off of known myths throughout history? If yes, which ones? If not, how is your world different?
Candice: I had to do a lot of studying of the Knights Templar, because I wanted to be as true to their history as possible. They thrived for two hundred years, and were wiped out by a greedy French king and the Pope he kept in his pocket. I found it fascinating that such a massive organization like the Templar Knights could be removed so easily, and wondered what happened to them. How did they disappear, where did the literally thousands of knights go?
Q: What myths or legends inspired you?
Candice: I’m inspired by the wonder of “what if.” And of the idea that love shall always triumph over pain, and good will always win over evil. Without those, to me, stories would be impossible to read.
Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal?
Candice: I think they want to know the answer to “what if” as well. “What if” this dogma is right, or that belief? “What if” that wasn’t just a shadow. “What if” my grandmother can come back and comfort me after death. It’s fascinating stuff to think about, whether one believes in ghosts or not. Or the idea of the paranormal in general—the old adage that there’s a grain of truth to every fantasy story. What would a vampire really be like? What about a werewolf? Would they live like the rest of us, or be ruled by their passions? Again, the “what if’s” are hard to resist.
Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies and books?
Candice: On television, I was a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fan. Movie wise, probably my all time favorite paranormal themed movie was Fallen with Denzel Washington. Extremely scary about a demon that can leap from person to person by touch. I can’t listen to that song “Time is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones without getting a shiver up my spine.
Q: Do you believe in the supernatural? Or are you a skeptic?
Candice: I believe that there is a great deal in the world that we can’t explain, and we probably will never be able to explain, which makes it interesting to debate the connections. Because I do believe that everything is connected for one reason or another, and we find what we are supposed to find, whether it be people, things, or experiences.
Q: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Candice: I’ve had a few paranormal experiences. Probably the most common thing that has happened to me, and still does on occasion, is my muses and guardians sending me to bed. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was up late, working on a story or something on the computer. Behind me, there was a loud bang, and I leaped about three feet in the air. Shaking, I found a stack of DVDs thrown across the room, from one side to the other. No one was in the room, my husband had in bed for a few hours. Needless to say, I ran through the house and climbed into bed. And since then, when I am staying up too late, working too hard on a project, I will have similar experiences happen—books falling over, toys coming on, and things tipping over. Now, I just raise my hands and say “Fine, I’m going to bed.”
Q: What kind of paranormal creatures do you wish you could meet?
Candice: The nice kind? Actually, I’m not sure who I’d want to meet. Maybe one that was incredibly forthcoming about what it’s like truly being a mythical. Like the little things, like would vampires drink bagged blood, and how would they spice it to make it taste better. Or would a werewolf really remember what they did in wolf form?
Q: If given the chance, would you become a mythical creature?
Candice: I don’t know that I’d want to be a mythical creature more than I’d want to just hang out with one, and talk to them. I think that would be a very interesting experience. Just hanging with a vampire. Or a werewolf. Or a dragon.
Q: How would you react if you came face to face with a ghost?
Candice: Um, scream, I’m sure. Or shake my head and tell them to go away. Depends on my day, I think.
Q: What does the future hold for your writing?
Candice: I’m working on quite a few pieces right now, in the paranormal romance and the contemporary romance genres, as well as I have a manuscript doing the rounds within the industry. I am continuing to create more stories, and I just love the creation process. Editing, not my favorite, but the creating of the writing is amazing.
Q: Have you ever been to a psychic and/or a past life regression? What did they predict for you?
Candice: Yes, I have been, and they predict interesting things for me and my future—good things that I can’t wait to happen. However, as much as love getting psychic readings, my least favorite part is the lack of time schedule. Because I’m impatient. I want to know, dang it, if in seven months, or seven years, if I’m going to be on the best seller’s list.
Q: Have you ever been abducted by aliens?
Candice: Um, no. And never wanted to be.
Thank you for joining us, Candice!
To learn more about Candice and her books, visit CandiceGilmer.com. Interview by Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com