Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Candy Arrington

Candy Arrington
Candy Arrington

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the honor of interviewing nonfiction author Candy Arrington. Candy has addressed some tough topics in her articles and books, including grief, suicide, and caring for aging parents. And her newest book is on a topic that challenges all of us at one time or another—waiting.

Welcome, Candy! Please tell us about your book, Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well.

Life on Pause by Candy Arrington
Life on Pause by Candy Arrington

We live in a world of instant everything, so life pauses seem negative. When our plans are brought to a halt, we’re frustrated. Is waiting ever beneficial? What if pauses ensure protection, provide time for preparation, or develop patience? Waiting may be the catalyst for successfully navigating what lies ahead.

I call waiting God’s favorite teaching method—and I’ve been on the receiving end of that teaching. What waiting period in your life inspired you to write this book?

Several years ago, my husband lost his job when a major project he was working on was put on hold indefinitely. Initially, we were optimistic about a quick turnaround, but many companies were not hiring, and eight months later we were still waiting. During this life pause, we learned a lot about trusting God’s timing and his provision in waiting. Later, I wrote an article for about that waiting period in our lives and pitched the book idea based on that article to a publisher at a conference.

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

2020! Not only did I have the distraction of a global pandemic and all it entailed, but a number of family crises occurred while I was writing the book that pulled my attention in other directions. Remaining focused and productive to meet the deadline was a struggle.

I think many of us can relate! Do you have any themes you return to again and again in your writing?

Recuring writing themes: moving through and beyond difficult life circumstances, finding positive elements in times of hardship and loss, building on a firm foundation, and personal growth.

What would be your ideal writing place? And…what’s your actual writing place like?

My ideal writing place is a covered outdoor area with a view of water. My actual writing place is my upstairs office beside a large Palladian window that overlooks our yard.

They both sound lovely! When did you first recognize God’s call to write for Him?

My husband and I attended a weekend retreat with a group from our church. Early the second morning, God woke me. Words swirled in my head, forming phrases. I got up and could hardly get my notebook and pen in hand fast enough to capture the sentences that were pouring from my mind. Later, when I shared what I had written with the group, many asked for a copy of my words. That was the first time I realized my God-given words had the ability to touch hearts.

That’s fabulous! Now that you’ve been writing a while, what is one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

Many people have the illusion that writing is a glamorous endeavor, that you get an idea and it pours onto the page. However, in truth, writing is hard. It requires planning and rewrites and perseverance, and often rejection.

So true! Now, all writers are readers. What do you read for pleasure? What are you reading right now?

I write nonfiction, but enjoy reading fiction, particularly British murder mysteries. Currently, I am reading Saturdays with Billy, written by my pastor, Dr. Don Wilton, about his friendship with Billy Graham.

Do you have a “day job” or a previous career? Does it influence what or how you write?

My father was a builder and real estate developer, and when he died, I inherited the real estate portion of his business. Today, the other hat I wear in addition to writer is president of a landholding corporation. I frequently use building themes or life lessons I learned from my father in my writing.

Everyone struggles with time management in our 24/7 world. How do you stay disciplined and meet your deadlines?

I work well to deadlines, much better than to a nebulous time frame. Part of staying disciplined is knowing my most productive writing times. For me, weekday mornings and late afternoons are when I do my best writing. I have also become aware of cycles in my writing, times when I am more creative and productive. When I am in one of those cycles, I try to clear my schedule to take advantage of the creative surge.

It’s so important to learn those cycles and our own most productive times—I’m glad you’ve found them. Please tell us about your next project.

My next project will be a surprise, maybe even to me! I have been collecting information for several years for two nonfiction books. It remains to be seen which one rises to the top or has the most interest from publishers.

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Sarah Sundin

I love that! We can’t wait to see what it will be!

To learn more about Candy and her books, please visit Candy’s website and Candy’s blog.

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Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Candy Arrington

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greeting from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing Candy Arrington, whose nonfiction books have helped countless people through difficult times. Candy has plenty to share about how articles help promote her books and extend her ministry.

Candy, tell us about your books.

Candy Arrington
Candy Arrington

While my list of published books isn’t long, my first book, Aftershock: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H Publishing Group), has been in print for eleven years, which is somewhat unusual for the current market.

Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Candy Arrington

Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) Greetings from Sarah Sundin on a warm September day in California. I’ve entered a new phase in my life as my husband and I moved our oldest son into the dorms for his freshman year of college. New phases make you consider the future – what if the future involves caring for your parents? Did you know 25 percent of Americans are caring for an aging parent?Candy Arrington

Today I have the honor of interviewing Candy Arrington, a speaker and prolific writer of magazine articles. Her most recent book is When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for this Season of Life from Harvest House. What an important topic! Her book covers: understanding your aging parent’s perspective on illness, aging, and giving up control; helping your parent with limited mobility, memory, and resources; effectively organizing forms, prescriptions, care, housing, and finances; and finding personal balance by nurturing their own health, faith, and family. Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

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CAN Book Feature: When Your Aging Parent Needs Care by Candy Arrington

Book Cover (1-13-09) Aging Parent 9780736925266_cft_l When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for this Season of Life

By Candy Arrington

  • ISBN-10: 0736925260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736925266

In nearly a quarter of households in the US, someone is caring for an
aging parent. Yet few of us are trained caregivers, and our attempts
often seem inadequate. Authors Candy Arrington and Kim Atchley know
from personal experience what it’s like to provide care. With
compassion and guidance, they partner with readers to walk them through
the challenges of caregiving by providing the support and direction
necessary to be spiritually, physically, and emotionally prepared for
what they face day by day. From Harvest House.

Author bio: Candy Arrington has published hundreds of articles, stories, and devotionals in numerous periodicals including: Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Encounter, Pray, The Lookout, The Upper Room,, Advanced Christian Writer, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and
the Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort series.