Friday, April 12, 2013

Interview with Candace Jane Kringle

Hello there bloggers, and happy Friday! It's been a bit quiet here on Bitches 'n Prose lately, and I'm sorry about that. Schoolwork has been getting into the way of my recreational reading. But, I'm hoping to make it up to you now. How, you ask? Well, today I have a very special guest stopping by, and I'm super excited. This girl is an utter delight, and I'm so happy that she visited my blog!

Candace Jane Kringle, daughter of Santa Claus and author of the memoir North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus and North Pole High: Beginnings, has taken a pause from her super hectic schedule to answer a few of my questions.

Thank you for talking with me, and a very warm wintery welcome!

What inspired you to start creating this fun memoir?

I sometimes peek at the letters people send my dad. One girl from Muskegon, Michigan, asked for a new dad because her dad wouldn’t let her stay out late and stuff. Boy, did she ask the wrong dad for help with that. Then it dawned on me that other teenage girls’ fathers can be just as mean as mine, and it might help them in some way to know about what I went through.

I know that authors shouldn't play favorites..... But I have to ask: Of the people mentioned in North Pole High, who is your favorite?

You have to promise not to tell Rudy, okay? But definitely it’s Chefy. We’re always playing pranks on each other. He always covers for me whenever I disobey my parents. And he makes the best candy cane strudel on the planet. Plus he always makes me laugh. If only he were younger, and not a penguin.

I definitely promise not to tell. ;)
While writing down your thoughts, what's the best yummy Yuletide snack to fuel your creativity?

Peppermint milkshakes, gummy Christmas ornaments, and hot gingerbread boys. The usual.

I haven't eaten breakfast yet, and a peppermint milkshake sounds totally delicious right now.
If you could only pick one holiday song to listen to on repeat all season, which would it be?

I actually wrote additional lyrics to my favorite song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” My extended version is called “The Three Hundred Sixty-Five Days of Christmas (Three Hundred Sixty-Six on Leap Year)” and it takes all season to sing it once.

Are you planning on penning another book anytime soon?

I sure hope so. I can’t wait to find out what happens to me and Rudy next.

Can I get a copy of that one too? (joking)

Come up to the North Pole and you can be IN the book!

Don't tempt me, you'd never get me to leave!
You briefly mention the theme of homosexuality in the North Pole.... Is Queero the only one out and proud in the land of Santa?

Absolutely not. There’s a thriving LGBTQ community up here amongst the polar bears, penguins, reindeer, nutcrackers, elves, and the humans too. In fact we’ve always allowed same-sex marriage. Human-elf unions are a much more recent development. Tinsel is actually the Pole’s first elfman.

Well now, maybe I have to visit the North Pole so I can marry my girlfriend!
It's the first day of Christmas and your true love has a present for you.... What do you hope is in the box?

A smile. If it were made out of chocolate-covered peppermint, that wouldn’t be bad either.

So, I have to ask. When it comes to unwrapping presents, are you a saver (opening gently and saving the paper) or an eager elf who rips the package open?

Rip ’em. No question about it. That’s the only way Christmas presents are meant to be opened. Just ask the Giftwrap the Elf.

Do you do anything during the summer months to help stay in the holiday spirit?

For me it would be hard to lose the Christmas Spirit, living in the same house as Santa. But when we’re little, we all go to Christmas Camp in the summer.

While you're writing, are there any quirks or habits that you find yourself getting into? (A special pen, a certain song, a specific chair, etc.)

I lock myself in my room and stay in my jammies all day while I write. And I can’t write a word if there’s even one bulb burned out in the Christmas lights in my room. That drives me nuts.

I can imagine!
What Christmas movie do you absolutely HAVE to watch year after year?

Elf. I really missed Buddy that time he went to New York.

That's my favorite holiday film too. Buddy seems like he'd be a great friend to have.

And now I have a few word association terms. For funsies. Just say the first word that comes to mind when I say....

SPRINKLES: Ice-cream-sundae pizza.
PAPER: Books!
SHINY: Stars.

Now Ms. Kringle, is there anything else you'd like to add to this?

Thank you so much for asking me to do this interview, Jill, and for being my number one fan! I wish you a merry Christmas every single day!

Aw, shucks. You're most certainly welcome, and thank you for the much needed Christmas spirit.

I have previously reviewed both of Candace Jane Kringle's works, and loved them both. The five star review for North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus can be found here and my 4.5 star review for North Pole High: Beginnings can be found here. I definitely recommend checking them out, and I'm not just saying that so that you'll see my name in the ebook.....*cough*

About the Author

Candace Jane Kringle is a junior at North Pole High. She likes candy canes, unicorn races, and making snow angels. Her father is the most well-known and beloved toymaker and toy distributor in the world. Her memoir, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus , is her first book. After high school, she plans to enroll at North Pole University and write more books, maybe even some fiction. :) (via Goodreads) Be sure to check her Goodreads page, in addition to her books. Click the picture for the Goodreads page!


  1. This is such a delight to read, I can't wait for more!

  2. She's always a blast to talk to :)

  3. Thanks, Jill! This was fun. Chefy will be happy to whip up a peppermint milkshake for you whenever you get here. :)