Not Guilty by Candi Pullen
Out guest blogger is Candi Pullen, author with Teresa Pollard of Not Guilty. As an “Air Force brat” and having spent nine years as a navy wife, Candi has lived more places than she can name, including Morocco and Lybia. Raised a Roman Catholic, she doesn’t remember a time when God wasn’t a major part of her life, but a weakening in her first marriage caused her to question if there wasn’t more, and on Thursday, November 29, 1973, at 7 pm she gave her life to Christ. She has eagerly served him since. After the death of her first husband and the death of their daughter, Andrea, nine years later, she felt that God was calling her to use that pain to minister to others who needed God’s healing comfort. In 2007 she earned her Bachelor of Theology degree. She now teaches discipleship classes, mentors new believers and those wishing to find all the Lord has for them, and writes a daily devotional on Facebook, “Good Morning, Papa!” She lives in New Port Richey, Florida, with Drew, her husband of 18 years.
Welcome, Candi. Please tell us about yourself.
I was recently described as a 64 year old going on 20. I am a mature adult but have managed, by God's grace to maintain the fresh outlook of a younger woman. I do not merely live, I embrace life, perhaps as the result of my first husband's death before I was thirty and my only daughter's death at fourteen. Life is far too short and I only have today, so I must live it to its fullest!
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don't know?
I have lived in 13 different states and 2 foreign countries: Morocco and Libya and travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean area and Germany before my 11th birthday. I attended 22 schools from K-12th grade. I have an A.A.S. degree in Commercial art and operated my own commercial art business for 20 years prior to my move to Florida. I have since earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theology through my local church under the authority of Beacon University.
I'm a bit of a ditz. I have a 'fun' spirit. I have learned to combine the two and maintain order by using my creativity to make paths where none existed so I might get to where I'm going. I don't believe in obstacles, but accept "Stop" signs as a healthy time to reconnoiter: make out the lay of the land and determine the best method to "stay the course." My motto: Never Quit!
Please describe yourself with three words.
I love life!
What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?
Bible study, arts, crafts, music, meeting new people - I have never met a stranger.
How did you become involved in writing?
I think it's in my DNA. I won an essay contest for the biography I wrote about Thomas Jefferson in 3rd grade. The second thing I do when I go anywhere is take notes.
Where do you write?
Let's see... where am I? Between you and me and the lamppost I have been known to take a notebook with me into the porcelain throne room. My favorite place is in my living room recliner.
Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I have a corner office space, but it's a mess and I can't work there. I should clean it up but I'm too busy writing right now.
Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?
Please tell us about your book, Not Guilty.
It is a story about finger-pointing and tongue wagging.
It is a story of combining the first two and learning how to love in spite of the worst.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
My best friend and co-author started the book and showed me the first few chapters she had hand-written. I fell in love with the story and the possibilities and asked if she ever worked with a co-writer? The rest is history.
Did you have to do any research for this book?
Yes and No. The research for the book was done without knowing that the experiences were research for a book.
How long have you been writing?
Since I learned the difference between sentences and paragraphs - 3rd grade.
When did you sell your first book?
Not Guilty is my first book.
What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven't interested an agent or publisher in their novel?
Commit it to God. Never give up. Have others read it critically - use their critique to strengthen your basic plot. Get creative with how to use your book beyond the basic story. Add After-words that include study guides or roundtable discussions, provocative questions, etc. Don't Quit.
What are you working on now?
The sequel to Not Guilty entitled Not Ashamed is in the final phases of writing as we speak. I am also writing my autobiography - an idea inspired by the number of people who have suggested I needed to write one.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Read the classics and find what made them "classic." Write. Embrace constructive criticism. Write. Start or join an existing "writers group." Write. Keep a diary, or write a daily blog, or poetry, letters to yourself, letters to others you may never send but anything - Write! Keep a diary, tell stories with pen on paper. Write about your trip to the Laundromat or the grocery store or the local Walmart or walking the dog, and find ways to make it interesting - a "must read." Oh, and by the way, did I mention - WRITE.
Not Guilty by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen
Release date: February 2013
Category: Christian/Fiction/Mystery or Christian/Fiction/New Adult
ISBN 798-1-938708-06-0 (paperback) Retail $13.99. Available at Amazon.
ISBN 978-1-938708-07-7 (eBook) Retail $3.99. Available at Amazon.
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Till next time ... keep on smiling.