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Officially, I've published eight books under the name Candice Speare. My other name (the one on my marriage license) is Candice Prentice; thus the name on this website—Candice Speare Prentice. I’m the author of three cozy mysteries, Murder in the Milk Case, Band Room Bash, and Kitty Litter Killer (Print, Barbour Publishing, 2005-2006), and Mayhem in Maryland—a cozy compilation (Print, Barbour Publishing, 2008). I also co-authored three romances , A Hero for Her Heart, Boxed Into Love, Mending Fences (Print, Barbour Publishing, 2010), and Blue Mountain Weddings—a compilation. Recently, my cozy mysteries have been re-released by Forget Me Not Romances. Read more about those books here.
Now, here's some unofficial stuff about me:
When I'm working, you'll usually find me in my beautiful office. I'm grateful for my own space. I used to share an office with my with my long suffering husband. I say he’s long suffering because when we got married in 2010, he gave me half of his office, not realizing my propensity for taking over whatever space I work in. As a result of my room hogging, he expanded the office and then allowed me to appropriate three-quarters of the room—okay, maybe a little more than that. One wall was filled with shelves of my books. Well, that's changed now. The kids moved out. Empty nest! And that meant two empty rooms, one of which was perfect for an office. Now I have my own space, which I promptly filled with all my stuff.
We no longer have kids at home, but we do have a dog. His name is Jack, and he's a whiner. In fact, he takes whining to a whole new level, like a gold medalist in the sport of whining. Despite that, I love the little guy. A lot.
I have hobbies, but what they are depends on the time of year, my obligations, and my frame of mind. I'm studying herbal medicine, and hope at some point to go to school to learn more. I like to garden, scrapbook, journal, and take pictures. I also fiddle around with digital images and design my book covers.
I love to read. Most authors do. I have an outstanding collection of books, including one bookcase full of historical non-fiction. My favorite non-fiction topic is the history of medicine. To keep my book stash from becoming dangerous (i.e. falling off overly loaded shelves onto people’s heads), I now have a Kindle, which has opened a whole new world of book buying. That's how I acquire most of the fiction I read. I have a very close relationship with my Kindle. I don't travel without it. Who could have imagined being able to buy a book in the middle of the night during an attack of insomnia? Yay! I can’t sleep! I can download another book!
Laughing is among my most favorite things to do, and I do so as much as possible. I believe humor is one of God’s gifts to the human race to help us survive. Laughter can even change the course of an argument. When we laugh, we win, even in the midst of sorrow--and especially in the darkest of circumstances.
The joy of my life is seeing bruised, brokenhearted people healed and restored. That's why I write inspirational fiction. I hope while people are entertained by my stories, they will also catch a glimpse of God’s love, joy, and how He restores lives.