An evening with Author Candice Fox, guest post by Amy Vicary

My friend from Sydney was lucky enough to meet and listen to Candice Fox during the week. Below is a recap of the evening, but if you would like more detail head on over to Amy’s blog here 

Ever since 2014 Australian author Candice Fox has been a rising star in the literary world. Her debut novel, Hades, won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel. Not to be outdone, the sequel, Eden, also won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel. What else can this award-winning author do?

 Fox still has much more to give the literary world, it would seem. In 2016 she teamed up with legendary storyteller and best-selling author

Ever since 2014 Australian author Candice Fox has been a rising star in the literary world. Her debut novel, Hades, won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel. Not to be outdone, the sequel, Eden, also won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel. What else can this award-winning author do?

Fox still has much more to give the literary world, it would seem. In 2016 she teamed up with legendary storyteller and best-selling author James Patterson for the release of their book-child, Never Never. Upon its American release the book shot up to become a New York Times Best-Seller, yet another achievement Fox can now add to her name. Currently this dream team duo is working on the sequel, Fifty Fifty. 

Not to be outdone with the American market, Fox has also sold her latest novel, Crimson Lake into the UK, with its release set for the 4th May 2017. She’s currently writing the sequel as we speak. Fox is certainly been keeping herself busy, it would seem. Yet she still manages to find the time, between writing, editing and proof reading throughout the day, to attend author talks in the evenings.

On this rainy evening in March, she’s come to regale her eager fans at Ryde Library, NSW, Australia of her foray into professional writing. It’s a small group tonight. Around twenty people have braved the stormy weather to hear what Fox has to say. For a crime writer, delving deep into the minds of serial killers, police and all sorts of gruesome death scenes, she’s surprisingly witty. We laugh along with her as she talks us through her childhood, growing up in Bankstown, surrounded by the foster children her mother rescues, as well as randomly collected items from the side of the road. In fact this was how she came to possess her first laptop. It was one of those old, huge things with a tiny screen. The cord wasn’t even long enough to reach the desk. She had to sit on the floor, where it would overheat and zap her thighs.

Fox never let her situation stop her from pursuing her dreams. Even with a laptop that wouldn’t let her save her work. She started, at the age of sixteen, inspired by Anne Rice, writing vampire stories and failing to understand why nobody wanted to publish her work. She soon began to collect rejection slips, in much the same way Stephen King did when he first started out. But when an overseas agent contacted her saying how they would love to represent her, the sixteen year-olds dreams were starting to become real. For a fee of $250 they would pitch her story to all the big name publishers. The audience groaned. Fox smiled knowingly as she continued. All up they got $1000 out of her and her family before they realised what was happening. Which goes to show that even the best of us can be fooled by the scams out there, prying on the vulnerability of over-eager writers to see their work in print.

Fox certainly had her share of vulnerability over the years. She hit rock bottom at one point when her husband left her for another woman and her dream publishing deal fell through. Moving back home, she didn’t think she could have fallen any lower. She managed to crawl up to ground level when she managed to get a teaching position at a Sydney based University by turning up, in her trackpants, asking for some work. From there she received contact details for an agent. Without promising anything, this agent agreed to read her novel, Hades. Three days later, Fox receives a phone call asking to meet up for coffee. Dressing more elegantly than her trackpants, Fox went along, still not expecting anything. Not sure how it really went, she pushes it from her mind and continues with her life. Until that fateful phone call, dressed in her pyjamas this time, she receives the fateful phone call, and the publishing deal she’d been waiting years to see.

Hearing her talk, you can’t help but feel Fox deserved that publishing deal. She’s worked hard for her success and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. With five books currently to her name, and two more yet to be published, Fox is certainly keeping herself busy. With the film rights sold to two of her novels, we can only expect this rising star to keep on rising.

 -A guest post by Amy Vicary

Disclaimer: Featured photos are saved from internet sources and are not the product of my own skills. All workshops/events are paid for by me and all reviews are mine from my own notes, opinions and experiences.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s