Local author Candace Meredith is not gender defined.
With three young adult fantasy books to her credit, as well as two children’s books and a recent novel for adult readers, Meredith is thrilled to continue to defy expectations.
Earlier this year, the 40-year-old mother-of-three posted “Stolen,” about a woman, Jolene Conroy, who is mourning a miscarriage and the death of her husband. Jolene is caught up in the mystery of who stole her newspapers from her house and what her new love, Police Officer Jodi McCain, might be hiding.
It’s “a novel that has a twist,” Meredith said.
It’s also about “finding peace, picking up the pieces and learning to continue living the life you live, sort of with and without that person,” she said.
The story begins and ends at Christmas, making it a timely book to consider purchasing this holiday season.
Also this year, Meredith released her second early reading book, “Matilda Gets Adopted”, about a doll that finds a new home.
“It’s been very rewarding,” Meredith said of her last two books.
“Stolen,” released in January, broadened its readership, building on what it took from her first three novels – “Winter Solstice”, its sequel “The Crone” and a prequel, “Lady of Brighton” .
“The young adult fantasy series is about magic and mysticism,” she said.
In the first book, “Winter Solstice”, protagonist Hanna must enlist the help of strangers to save her baby girl from a gargoyle – a dark force that Meredith says is less frightening than a demon and more suited to people. adolescent readers.
Meredith, who lives with her fiance and children in Middletown, sees plenty of loyal customers at regional craft fairs and book signings. But lately, she’s attracted readers of different ages as she crosses genres and reading levels.
“This is what ‘Volé’ allowed me to do,” she said. “I captivated an adult audience.
Meredith credits her children with the inspiration to start writing for young readers.
“Matilda” and another children’s book, “A-Hoy, Frankie! Your Riverboat Captain ”, each accompanied by a doll, and both books are illustrated by Miguel Ambalada, who lives in the Philippines.
Her two children’s books are early readers, and Meredith hopes they, along with two others she’s working on, will become the first books young children will read.
“I am in the process of [a] next, ”Meredith said. “It’s a process and it doesn’t happen overnight.”
Her hard work is also paying off thanks to the interest she has received in a film adaptation of “Stolen”.
Meredith worked with screenwriter Calvin Williams, of Consett in the North East of England, and producer Aaron Switzer of G-Street Films in Seattle on the project.
And all the while, she’s still writing.
“Currently, I’m writing a young adult novel, ‘Girls Drive Jeeps’,” Meredith said.
She has also completed a draft for the fourth book in her fantasy series, “Summer Solstice,” which she hopes to publish next year.
“And then I’m going to try my hand at horror,” she said.
Candace Meredith will have a book signing from 2 pm to 4 pm on December 4 at Berryville Treasures, 8 W. Main St., Berryville. Copies of “A-Hoy, Frankie!” And the Frankie souvenir doll will be available for $ 10, sales tax included, for that day only.
She will also be at Winter Wordfest, a holiday book market from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 11 in the atrium at 41 Court Square, Harrisonburg. The event, sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Writers, will take place in the open space of the building across from the Capital Ale House and Court Square Theater and will feature 12 authors from the Shenandoah Valley.