Not too long ago on Goodreads, I came across Candace Robinson’s new book Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and I instantly fell in love with the cover. I moved on to reading the blurb and I knew it was something I had to read as I love fairy tale retellings and this sounded perfect. I headed to Amazon and purchased it that very day. You can see my review for it below as well as my review for Candace Robinson’s new book titled Hearts Are Like Balloons.
I was able to speak with the author regarding some of the questions I had about her books and included a Q&A below for those interested.
Hearts Are Like Balloons
Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson is a story about a teenage girl named May who has just lost her father to lung cancer and is trying to move on with life. Her dad was important to her and she has no choice but to let him go. The loss is difficult for her, but she must find a way to move on and to remain strong for her mother.
As May moves on to finding a job at a bookstore, she meets new people that help her along the way, including a hip new boss named Violet, and a new relationship with a boy she really likes named Nico. Violet hits it off with May right away as they have similar interests. Nico happens to be Violets sister and works there as well. May and Nico develop a great relationship as Nico is warm, understanding, and very much into her. It’s just what May needs to help heal her from the loss of her father. An unexpected event will change everything with their relationship which brings more challenge and heartache for May to overcome.
I have to say that I loved this book. I loved the story as it felt real and was written well. It was emotional and I found myself crying a few times. I appreciated the relationships in the book and enjoyed all the characters. May has a really good support system in place and is loved by all that know her. I enjoyed Violet’s personality the most out of all the secondary characters. Despite the emotion in the book, it’s a feel good read and I was happy with the conclusion.
I think I just found myself a new favorite author! Five *****
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault ( Glass Vault #1)
I picked up Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault as soon as it was released after reading the blurb and viewing the cover. I love retellings and the idea of intermixed horror really pulled me in. I’m amazed at how perfectly matched this cover is after reading the story.
The story starts out with the main character Perrie and her cousin Maisie. They are really close and live next door to each other. Perrie is thinking about what she wants to do with her life while juggling the mystery that’s going on around town with people who are just disappearing without a trace. Everything is uncertain and one day while driving down Oak Street with Maisie and their friend August, something strange appears. A building they’ve never seen before. A building that is there one moment, and gone the next.
Nobody knows what’s going on with the mysterious building, but as more people start to disappear, Perrie and August begin to search for answers. As they enter the Vault world, they are unable to leave and have to discover a way out. This is where the story takes off and becomes an adventure like no other. A nightmare that you just want to get out of. There were some really grotesque parts in the story when the horror comes in. I liked the addition of the horror paired with the fairy tales and romance because it really makes the book unique.
I personally liked the story and there were some surprises that I totally unexpected, including an interesting twist at the end. I love the way this author writes and this was a fast paced read that kept me interested. I found only a few parts of the story a tad boring, but then it picks back up again and leaves you wanting answers. Anyone who enjoys retellings and horror will love this book.
I can’t wait for the second book! 4****
Continue reading for the Q&A…
Q&A With Candace Robinson
Q: At what age did you start writing?
A: Last year at 31 lol. So, I have had ideas always floating around in my head but never actually wrote anything. I did write a lot of poems back around ages 18-20 though.
Q: Can you tell us some of your childhood favorites?
A: Strega Nona, The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, Jumanji, The Stinky Cheese Man, and Madeline.
Q: Do you have any favorite fairy tales?
A: Rapunzel! I just love that story so much. I even love all the old nursery rhymes still, like all the mother goose ones.
Q: Did you enjoy writing in school?
A: I didn’t! I never had a creative writing class. It was always research papers or write a page over a story you read.
Q: Who are a few of your favorite authors?
A: Sarah J. Maas, Tahereh Mafi
Q: Are there any books or magazines that help you with your writing?
A: If you find those books or magazines let me know!
Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
“I’d rather see the world from another angle” -Jewel
Q: Do you consider writing a difficult task?
A: For a novel it is. I am the type of person that wants to get things done that day, that moment. And for a book, it’s all about patience and doing a little at a time until your baby is complete.
Q: What tools do you use when writing? (Pen, paper, computer, books, etc.)
A: I don’t do an outline. I have a spiral notebook, and I write the important scenes down in order, then I start assigning chapters. After that, I start typing out the story on the computer.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A: I write what I want and feel like writing. I know a lot of authors can write and change their story to fit in, but I can’t. Even if I tried all day.
Q: The two books you’ve written so far are so different. Where do you get inspiration for writing your books?
A: So, with Hearts my dad passed away the same way the main character’s does and that triggered the story. I was older than May when it happened, but chapter 1 and 2 were very similar as to what happened. I already had ideas of this May/Nico story in my head, but it didn’t come together until after my dad passed.
With Quinsey, I grew up on old horror movies and a ton of 80’s horror films, and of course fairy tales. I also love horror films with humor like Evil Dead 2, Dead Alive, Shaun of the Dead, etc. So, I wanted to incorporate all that together for the first book and have just a quick, fun and dark read.
Q: In Hearts Are Like Balloons, are any of the characters based on real people, or a real life story?
A: Yes, the situation with my dad. The cancer scenario was real, what happened with him in the story was real.
Q: How do you find character names for your books?
A: So, May is actually from one of my favorite horror films from 2002 titled “May,” Nico, I picked because my husband is always watching formula 1 car racing, and there is this driver named Nico Rosberg who I LOVE, Violet was from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory “You’re turning violet, Violet.”
For Quinsey, I kept asking friends for lists of names because I had always had Perrie and Maisie because I love those names, but trying to find the other names took me a while!
Q: How many books are expected in the Glass Vault series?
A: The second book The Bride of Glass is the final one. I am not one of those authors that can write a long series! I wish I had that kind of stamina!
Q: I love the covers on both books. Who designs them? Do you have a part in the process?
A: Jenny at Seedlings Design Studio. So, I pretty much fill out a page of what I kind of want, and she takes those idea and makes some story boards. If I like one of those, I pick one and we move on from there. Seriously, she is amazing because the ideas I give her are pretty terrible!
Q: How do you market your books and do you have advice for others on how they should market their own?
A: Oh, I am so bad at marketing. So, if anyone needs to learn marketing it’s me!
Q: Do you have any unpublished works?
A: Not completed, but I do have two other books that I am going to be working on in the fall.
Q: How much time do you put into writing?
A: I stay at home, so when my daughter is at school during the school year, I try to work 2-4 hours each day on the book.
Q: Now that you’ve written two books, is there anything you would go back and change if you had the chance?
A: Everything happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t go back.
Q: Is there anything you can tell readers about yourself that they might not know?
A: I suffer from hemiplegic migraines which is basically stroke like symptoms but isn’t an actual stroke.
Q: Do you have any favorite music artists, songs, movies, or hobbies that you enjoy outside of writing?
A: Movies – Pan’s Labyrinth, Amelie, Pride & Prejudice, May, Ginger Snaps, The Neverending Story… I could go on and on with movies
Q: How can readers learn more about you and your books? (Social media, website, etc.)
I’d like to thank Candace Robinson for communicating with me to complete this Q&A.
Her name is Candace Robinson, obviously. She’s just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer with days spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. Candace live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She lives with her husband and creative daughter.
You can find Candace Robinson on Amazon by clicking HERE.
The Bride of Glass (Glass Vault #2) will be available later on this year!
Thanks for reading!