Guest Post & Giveaway: What Inspired Me to Write Everlasting by Candace Knoebel (Blog Tour)

Posted September 29th, 2014 in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 19 comments

Guest Post & Giveaway: What Inspired Me to Write Everlasting by Candace Knoebel (Blog Tour)

Guest Post & Giveaway: What Inspired Me to Write Everlasting by Candace Knoebel (Blog Tour)Everlasting by Candace Knoebel
Publisher: Self-Published on February 19, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 428
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads

What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?

The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.

But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous.

Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life…but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?

Welcome to the Everlasting Blog Tour. I thought this sounded like a pretty interesting paranormal romance. Candace’s guest post really helped me understand this book better. Hope you guys get a chance to read it. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end.

 Guest Post

What Inspired Me to Write Everlasting by Candace Knoebel

Everlasting came to me right before I finished writing the last novel in the Born in Flames Trilogy, From the Embers. I’ve always had a fascination with Witches and Vampires and Werewolves. Anything paranormal really. Demons. You name it, I love it.


But what came to me first was my heroine Faye. Her pale blond hair and her desperate need to be anything but a stereotype. Maybe it’s because of where I was at that time in my life. Leaving a full-time job that I had been with for five+ years, so I could stay at home and write full-time.


I hated working in an office. I hated conforming to something I didn’t believe in. I hated knowing I had so much more to give, and feeling the fist of the higher ups squashing me down, trying to mold me into someone I never wanted to be.


And that’s sort of what Faye went through … what she felt going into the Culling ceremony. She was suffocated by the notion that she could possibly be a Defect (a vision seen by her mother). She didn’t want to be banished from the world she had never really been able to enter … the world where possibilities are endless and inner-strength is a must. She so desperately wanted to be something more … someone of value and worth to this world.


Again, that is a reflection of myself.


Little by little, I invented this world where a Coven of Witches and Hunters, brought together to fight against the growing paranormal who pose a threat to humanity, struggle to work together under the tight restraints of their government. The characters are forced to be in an affinity bond (one male and one female), one side of which is a Witch (usually female), and the other side a Hunter (usually male).


It was my way of dealing with the sexism, pre-ordainment, and prejudices so many that I know or know of deal with on a day-to-day basis.


From there, everything sort of took on a life of its own. With only a little guidance, the characters pretty much wrote their own story. I’ve always known how I wanted it to end. I always do. It’s just the ‘getting there’ part that always surprises me. I don’t plan every little detail. I don’t think I could, even if I tried.


But any way, that’s it in a nut shell. The ‘real world’, I suppose, inspired me to write Everlasting. The struggles that so many face, and the dire need to feel like your time on this earth is so much more than being chained down by the demands of everyone else.


Thank you for having me!


About Candace Knoebel

Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.


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19 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: What Inspired Me to Write Everlasting by Candace Knoebel (Blog Tour)”

  1. Giselle

    I love witches too – books, movies etc – and it sounds like you really put it together with a mix of what you enjoy and personal experience. Great post, ladies! 🙂

  2. Sunnie Johnson

    Everlasting takes me on a thrilling adventure full of love, mystery, danger, excitement, heartbreak, and so much more. I can’t wait to read more. I could read it again and again!

  3. Amanda Sheila

    Thank you for the chance of winning! I’m so happy that you open this giveaway internationally! 😀

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    I think it’s awesome how real-world reflections can turn into a full-blown paranormal story…or at least shape different characters in the story. I wouldn’t know how to mold characters based on real life that way or be able to see in them those reflections. Great post!

  5. sherry fundin

    I love witches and the paranormal. I have heard of Candace and would love to become better acquainted through Everlasting. Thanks for the great post.

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