UH, BUT WHO ARE YOU, THO?
The short version: I’m a frenzied writer of way too many projects + semi-slow distance runner + tired mother of two small humans, lover of doughnuts/donuts + Milky Way lattes + obsessive cat picture Tweeter. I mean, basically.
The long version: Once upon a time, there lay a slight twinkle in my wee mother’s eye. One cold, February day, she went to the baby store and picked out the golden one with the biggest hair. Years passed and she ultimately decided to keep me (because the baby store is her body and I came out of it and I’m pretty frickin’ sweet) so I silently promised not to be much of a pain (my little bro would eventually take the lead on that!) so here I am. TA-DA!
WHEN DOES THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH COME OUT?
July 25th, 2017! So don’t you dare go on vacation unless you pre-order 70 copies first!
IS RYAN GOSLING REALLY SET TO STAR AS ‘WILD KYLE’ IN THE MOVIE?
No, but if I put this feeler out then…although, I’d much rather have an actual high schooler play the rich, d-bag part. Because, reality.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE A BIRDIE & BASH?
They’re my beloved seniors at [fictional] Clifton, Indiana schools who, in the wake of tragedy, fall in love. Do you remember your first love? Mine felt me up, then dragged me to confession. I’m not bitter about it. Seriously.
Birdie & Bash captures all the feels of my gloriously awkward teenage heartbreak years (and then some) (minus all the crying) (well, there’s a little crying) (OKAY A LOT OF CRYING, GAH!). B & B, and their subsequent stories, are based on The Collision Theory—the way particles collide either creates a successful reaction or breaks a part completely, causing an “ineffective” collision. Love is super complex! Look it up and feel smart n’ stuff and you might totally *get* my two lovebirds a bit better.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR BIRDIE & BASH?
The pivotal tragedy centers loosely around something that actually happened (see below) (but B&B is highly fictionalized; rest assured). The remainder came to me at the start of NaNoWriMo 2014 in one of those flashes you sometimes read about. Gross, right?! Believe me – it’s never happened this way before or since! The characters were (close to) fully formed when they entered my head as if I’m not their creator, but perhaps, they’re mine.
OH, AND: Before I even knew what I wanted Sebastian Alvarez to look like, I spotted him [twice] at the local skating rink (for research, of course!). And, as some have heard me ramble on about, there’s also a version of him in an Extra gum commercial (Juan) where he draws pictures (for Sarah) on wrappers and YES – I Googled it because IT’S THE SWEETEST + BASH WOULD TOTES DO THIS FOR BIRDIE (not a spoiler; just fact).
I wrote the first draft in a mere 3.5 weeks of fury with a different, more depressing story line woven through. Shortly after querying, I received a hero agent’s thoughtful notes that gave me the “ah-ha” moments. I spent the entire weekend revising (that’s how I do) and though the hero agent wasn’t ready for me at that particular time, I landed my [then] agent soon after with what is [now] pretty darn close to final. There have been minimal revisions to this story from that first tear, ultimately because this story is sososo close to my heart + these characters, so vivid in my mind. I only hope you all feel the same.
HOW DO I GET AN ARC? GIMME GIMME.
Come see me at ALA Chicago in June! I’ll be signing them. Basically, you get to experience the awkward in person and that’s much better than your imagination.
CAN YOU VISIT MY SCHOOL OR FIGHT CLUB?
Find out if Brad Pitt will be at the fight club first, then email at your discretion. I’m actually more an Ed Norton fan anyway.
On a serious note: BIRDIE & BASH touches on drunk/high driving, and the consequences of choosing to a) get behind the wheel when inebriated and b) letting a friend do so when knowing the keys should have been taken. I’d be more than happy to speak about these topics. I’ve been a teen (still am in my heart), and know how difficult it is navigate these waters while wanting to fit and and/or find your place.
CAN I INTERVIEW YOU?
Yes! The major event that connects BIRDIE & BASH is, as I said, loosely based on true events. Always haunted by our family’s history, this is my way of rewriting an important story, while creating characters I hope you won’t soon forget. I’ve also spoken, at great length, about the journey seeking my biological father. I’m now weaving this tale into the humor memoir currently on sub via my fab agent, Brent.
If you’d like to interview me on either topic, send an email to candaceganger[at]yahoo[dot]com
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN AUTHOR?
Can I just have the manuscript of my life transcribed + mailed to you via carrier pigeon? That would take less time. I’ve been writing for centuries, and probably had a notepad in the womb/baby store. In my later years, I sought out + accepted every writing and editing job I could find on the web. I’ve maintained my stance on taking this path, refusing to settle for just a “job” because I’ve had those and wasn’t fulfilled. Writing is the fuel to my soul; it feeds a fire not explained in (ironically) words. I can’t imagine doing anything else ever again. You could call me a restless spirit, but life is too short to be unhappy in a box or cube or some kind of chicken coop. Though, I’d really like to own chickens some day. I’d name one Peony. Just because.
I spent a decade writing for other people while polishing work of my own. I’ve received TONS of rejections and at times, wondered if it would all be for nothing. Buuuttttt, I’m not a quitter so I just kept at it. That’s really the bottom line. If you want to do this, you have to develop skin as thick as Merino wool (this is SO fitting because Merino is known for being a comfortable level of thickness that breathes, even in hot weather) (yes, I worked in a running store, too) (but I *hearted* that place so freakin’ much, my point about not being happy in a “normal” job is moot) (or as Joey Tribbiani would say, “it’s a moo point”). Anyway, you can actually sift through my blog to read more on my tedious writing journey.
The Cliff’s Notes version is: If you want to write things + you believe in yourself and your weird/crazy/out there ideas, DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP + KEEP WRITING ALWAYS + FOREVER NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS. GOT ME?
CAN YOU READ MY STUFF AND HELP ME?
Due to legal reasons, I cannot unless we a) are already writing buds in the trenches together, or if you’ve b) chosen me to mentor you the way Daymond John often does with tiny entrepreneurs on Shark Tank. More than likely though, I will have to decline due to time restraints + promises I’ve made my cats/kids.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I’m a huge mental health advocate, having written at length about my struggles with OCD/PTSD/Depression and Anxiety Disorders. Be on the lookout for more from me on these topics, and more, because suicide prevention is something I can speak on personally, and I don’t plan to shut up about it anytime soon.
You can read some of my articles have been featured on
Romper, TWLOHA, Hello Giggles, and more
- How I conquered my Anxiety Disorder before it ruined my life
- You Are Not Your Madness
- Everyday things that make anxious people more anxious
- How my daughter’s body acceptance taught me to accept mine, too
- All the ways having anxiety makes dating hard
- What it’s really like to live with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- I have holiday party anxiety – here’s how I deal
- How the author of Divergent is helping us all talk about anxiety
- What I want my family to understand about my OCD (The now infamous article that garnered ‘The Steve Harvey Show’ interest)
Aside from all of that, I watch a lot of Beat Bobby Flay + daydream of the ocean (but I won’t get in the water; I just want to look) (sharks, man) (#nope).
WHAT EXACTLY IS A MILKY WAY LATTE?
The name depends on where you are in the country, but the drink has the same ingredients at most cafes/coffee shops. I tried to order this in small town, Indiana, and the guy was SO confused, even when I explained what goes in it. However, it’s just caramel + mocha + Espresso + steamed milk. Starbucks has a salted caramel mocha = same thing + salt; so if you – the salt, you’ll have a Milky Way Latte (and make sure they use the sauces and not syrups + you get whipped cream + drizzle or you’re not living your life right). If it sounds too complicated, CONGRATS! You’re in my brain now!
CAN I BRAID YOUR HAIR?
No? Okay. I’ll think about it.
EDIT: I cut it too short for a normal braid, but I’ll consider letting you brush it.