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Are you ready to share your story?

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I'll help streamline the process

Stories have the power to change the world, but first, they must be crafted. Writing helps us make sense of complicated lives and allows us to share hard-won wisdom with others. As your book coach, I’ll help you break through the clutter and identify the universal in your story. Through our intense work together, we will locate the heart of your book so you can write forward with conviction. 

Hi, I'm Candace

I help writers with strong voices share powerful life lessons and achieve their writing and publishing goals. For more than twenty-five years, I've honed the ability to communicate clearly and with conviction. I'm passionate about helping writers develop meaningful books. 

In our work together, I will coach you to: 

  • Own your story.

  • Frame your story.

  • Tell your story in a way that is authentic and empowered. 

I love working with individuals to distill complicated life stories into a memoir or novel that has an impact. No matter the genre, I help writers maintain their authentic voice and individual style.

I care deeply about people’s life experiences and how they overcome adversity. I love helping writers reflect on the life lessons they've gleaned to become more three-dimensional on the page. I'm passionate about supporting writers as they pursue their literary dreams on any scale.

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A free gift for you

Do you want to free up some brain space and unearth your authentic voice?

My Mindfulness & Memoir Resource Guide will help you settle your mind and sharpen your story. 
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Book Coaching 

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I'll help solve your writing challenges

In order to tell your story in the most creative and transcendent way, you need collaborative feedback from a professional who understands your goals. It’s difficult to write in a vacuum and equally frustrating to get vague or contradictory group feedback. Getting lost in your head is its own brand of torture. I can help you overcome fear-based thoughts that are holding you back from achieving your writing and publishing goals. Together we'll troubleshoot problem areas and find creative solutions to help you overcome mindset and craft challenges. 

One-on-one book coaching is the most efficient way to write, revise, and publish. As an Author Accelerator certified book coach in fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, I work with writers to rein in difficult narratives with care. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you finish your book.

What Clients Are Saying

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Liz Kinchen

The Light in Bandaged Places: Healing in the Wake of Young Betrayal

“Candace is a talented writer and developmental editor and knowledgeable book coach. In a workshop we cohosted on Memoir & Meditation, I witnessed her commitment to encouraging writers to integrate mindfulness into their writing practice. She is passionate about her work and supports writers to dig deep and find their true story and voice.”

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Melinda McCall, DVM

Driving Home Naked and Other Misadventures of a Country Veterinarian

"Candace turns writing into a science, so a scientist like me can learn to write. She meets you where you are, takes your hand, and walks you to the next level. She is a great mentor and encourages you to present a clear message. As she’s always preaching “show, don’t tell,” I’m here to tell you that she will help your cream rise to the top without homogenizing the milk in the process."

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Danika Smith

Why Not? An Ordinary Girl’s Guide to Extraordinary Travel

"Working with Candace has transformed me as a writer and changed the way I look at future projects. Through our work together, I’ve developed a more meaningful travel memoir. She provided craft resources, organized my ideas, and streamlined the revision process.  Her dedication and passion for her clients is evident. I highly recommend her as a memoir coach."

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