Monday, March 12, 2012

Blog Tour Guest Post: C. Bailey Sims - Author of Candlewax

by C. Bailey Sims

Title: Candlewax
About The Book: 384 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 
Published by: Terabyte Press

A medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror, younger readers of Paolini and Cashore will gobble up this award-winning debut.

About The Book: An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril. All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn't about to kill her. A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind? Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat's secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake. Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs. 

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I posted a review for Candlewax back in January, you can read that review here:  Candlewax Review

Writing and Inspiration by C. Bailey Sims 
Writing sometimes starts with a tingle. Not a real tingle, an imaginary tingle--one that brushes your intuition with an ostrich feather.  This goes on for a little while, threads of storyline weaving together, coming apart, and weaving together again. It’s all very amorphous at this point.  After a while the tin-gle becomes a soft hum in your heart, kind of like the ringing in your ears. You can still tune it out if you really try. Then it changes to a thump on the noggin and a pesky goblin voice whispering “Get to work.”  If I continue to ignore this particular goblin, he starts playing with matches. Smoke starts to come out of my fingertips and I long to dip them in the cool water of my keyboard and assuage the burning sensation of a story unfulfilled. Sometimes writing starts with the decision to write. It’s a conscious effort, like getting on a treadmill to keep in shape only you’re going to be exercising mental muscles. Butt in chair. Candles lit. Music on. Magic Laptop in lap. At least a half hour of free time, with an option for more. Tap, tap, tap until there is some work done. This kind of writing doesn’t depend on a muse. You basically clap the muse into hand cuffs and blow smoke rings in his face. (I don’t smoke, but I do love that imagery!) And then there are the “Leaps and Bounds” of writing. I love these. Here's what happens.  I procrastinate, get busy doing other things and then suddenly the clouds part and rays of  light beam down on a character, a scene,  a chapter, a whole book. (Actually I’m still waiting for the whole book thing—no Stephenie Meyer dream or J. K. Rowling seven-book-story-arc-epiphany yet). With “Leaps and Bounds” you see everything in perfect clarity and race to put it all down before the rain comes. You work through dinner. You work through the night. So exciting is this state of mind, that you are engulfed in the mental world. Some part of you knows you are working, but it’s so darn fun that you become entranced. The only thing that can tear me away is scrounging for pistachio nuts or getting a cup of tea, or taking a potty break. “Leaps and bounds”  launch you into the story like nothing else. The chapter in Candlewax entitled “Duray Principas” was written in one sitting, followed later by the mop-up crew: Re-Write and Polish. It is still one of my favorite chapters in the book. “Square Face’s Princess” was written like that too. It was especially interesting that I wrote “Square Face’s Princess” way ahead of the connecting chapters.  Don’t wait. While it’s clear in your head, put it down in writing. Re-Write and Polish will be standing in the wings if you need them.

About The Author
Photo Credit to Shannon Hicks
C. Bailey Sims was born in CA. and as a teenager moved to the Colorado Rockies where she attended a very small high school, learned how to ski race, ride a horse, mountain climb, and target shoot at tin cans.  She now lives with her family in the much tamer but equally beautiful hills of Connecticut in a very creative household of artists and musicians.  This book is a book that I had to write because Spelopokos wouldn't leave me alone. 

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