Our new vp!

Welcome back, friends and followers, and a big welcome to our new followers. Thank you all for joining us. Stitched Smile Publications/House of Stitched has undergone some exciting changes recently to help with growing pains. One of those changes is our new Vice President, award-winning author Candace Nola.

candacenola1aCandace has been on the House of Stitched Magazine staff for the last year in addition to being an accomplished author and editor, and everyone here is very excited she is able to bring her experience to the VP role as we continue to grow. Look for exciting new things to come!

But more about Candace.

Candace’s debut novel, Breach, placed 2nd for Debut Novel of the Year, for the 2021 Horror Author Guild Awards. The follow-up novel, Beyond the Breach, won the 2021 Horror Author Guild Novel of the Year. Her most recent book, Bishop (available on Amazon), has already received much acclaim on review blogs and social media. But Candace is more than her literary accomplishments. She has many friends in and outside of the horror author community and is known as someone who is supportive of other authors.

candacenolaBishopCandace’s journey, like for many of us, was not a straight path to where she is now. This is what she has to say about it:

“Ever since childhood, I have wanted to be a writer. I devoured books, inhaled them. Anything that I could get my hands on, the bigger, the better.  I loved the library, the smell of old books, musty leather and parchment, the smell of history and knowledge, fantasy and horror, romance and suspense. I read it all.​

By the time I was 12 years old, I was writing short stories and poems full of teen angst and heartbreak. I had fallen hard for Stephen King and read everything I could get my hands on by this amazingly creepy author. I had found my idol and my genre.

I entered a few poetry contests in my teen years, won a few editor’s choice awards, but I knew my path wasn’t in poetry. That was my stress relief, my emotional outpouring for feelings that I could not verbally express. And honestly, poetry is not as widely read in this day and age, not like it once was. ​

But horror now had me in its grasp. That was my future and every short story after became darker and more uncomfortable. I enjoyed the build up and the anticipation of the “horror”. I loved feeling the fear deep in my gut when I read horror novels. The suspense of it all.

As life often does, it got in the way of my plans and enter children, full time jobs and the full time business of living. Writing was put on hold while I went on with life, motherhood and career. I made several attempts to begin writing again, but everywhere I looked, I only saw closed doors. I sighed heavily and put my dreams aside.

Then in 2019, I found myself writing again, to help a friend with a contest entry. A story we were to co-write, but as time revealed, she never intended to write it with me at all. She was set on getting me to write again.  Four months later, Breach was born.”

You can learn more about Candace Nola by visiting her website https://www.uncomfortablydark.com/

There you can also browse her books, reviews, and editing services, follow her blog, and keep up with what she has in store next. You can also follow her on social media:

Twitter and Instagram @cnola.author

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/candace.nola.10

Help us in welcoming Candace as VP.


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