Thanks Twitter



The power of social media never fails to amaze me. It’s the reason I have a Steampunk novella in A Riveting Affair. Late one Saturday night, I took a break from writing and checked out Twitter. I happened to see a tweet from Entangled Publisher @Liz_Pelletier who wanted Steampunk stories for an anthology.


I need to back up at this point and explain the deal the universe and I have. The universe presents me with opportunities, and I always say yes. It’s why I stay so busy and run myself into the ground. But I friggin’ love what I do.


A few months before Liz’s tweet, I’d been asked by Fen Con to write a short story for their program. They wanted a southern steampunk. I didn’t even know what that was. But after some research I created the character Maisy, a Sherlock Holmes-like detective who solves cases involving the paranormal. I set the original story in my hometown of Fort Worth, and I fell in love with Maisy and her world.


So back to that Tweet… I DM’d Liz, who I’d met a few times through our mutual friend Dawn, and asked if she’d like to see the story. She said yes. About 90 minutes later, she bought the novella. I was ecstatic. When I woke up the next morning, she asked if I’d considered turning Maisy into a series. A few days later, I had a four-book contract for the series. That contract, lead to other contracts and now I have the writer’s dream. I know what I’m writing for at least the next two years.


So thanks @twitter for the hookup. I’ll be forever grateful.


I hope you’ll check out and please help me get the word out that it’s meant to be a tease for the series.


And do yourself a favor… The next time the universe offers an opportunity say, YES!


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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