Search
Tuesday 25 June 2019
  • :
  • :

CANDACE KOHL: One More Story

Story By: Cindy Burbage • Photos by Sheila Scott
A good storyteller captivates her audience, drawing the reader into her world; that may be a world of realism or
fantasy. Long time Guyton resident, Candice Kohl, has been charming audiences for more than twenty years.
The author has more than ten books to her credit and her newest manuscript, Sheba’s Ghost, is set to be
released at the end of March 2019.
Although she had written most of her life, Candice’s first book was published in her early forties. “My first
book was called ‘The String on a Roast Won’t Catch Fire in the Oven: An A-Z Encyclopedia of Common Sense
for the Newly Independent Young Adult.’
“I wrote this for my oldest son. He called me one day and said, ‘My refrigerator door won’t close.’ I said, ‘Why
not?’ You see, he had this dump of an apartment next to a tortilla factory. He had an old-time refrigerator, like
with the coil on the top and little box freezer from 1932,” she chuckled. “When he was growing up, we pretty
much had frost-free. I probably didn’t when he was real tiny; I mean, he wasn’t defrosting the refrigerator, I
was. He had no concept that he had to do something about the ice that built up. But he thought it was snow. I
realized then that when you’re raising your kids, they’re not watching what you’re doing. So, if they just go out
on their own suddenly, they are hit with just everything. I wrote this book, an A-Z, from move-ins in
apartments, doing walk-throughs so you don’t get blamed for damage that you didn’t do, c- compound interest
on a credit card, what you are paying if you are not paying it off every month. As adults, somewhere along the
way, you learn to do it. You don’t sit down with your 10-year-old and explain compound interest or stuff like
that. So, that was my first book.”
Candice’s passion was historical romance novels, which included ‘A Twist in Time,’ Destiny’s Disguise’ and
‘The Rarest Flower’ to name a few. Most of her books are medieval and typically take place in England. “When
we lived in Atlanta, we went to England, Scotland and Wales on a vacation. I remember we toured the Tower of
London, and Philip (my husband) says to me, “Oh my gosh, you got it all right!” I had never been in a castle but
spent a lot of time in libraries researching, digging through books to be sure to have accurate information,” she
shared.
After a life altering event took place, the novelist decided to retire from writing. “After my husband had a
massive stroke in 2000, I worked as a carriage tour guide. Toward the end of my tour guide career, I started
doing walking tours. At the end of that I figured, I had given over 7000 tours in Savannah. Between working
and taking care of my husband, I just stopped writing,” Candice wearily expressed.
It wasn’t until nearly two years after her beloved husband’s passing that she realized she had one more story.
And with that, she wrote Sheba’s Ghost. This novel is different, it is inspired by her life. Candice explained, “A
woman in her middle 60’s loses her husband of 40 years and she has to make a new life for herself. She is a
retired social worker and her husband was a drama teacher and actor. He was the loud and flamboyant one and
she was the nose to the grindstone one. They have two grown kids, her daughter lives in France and her son in
California. She is pretty much alone. She must make a new life for herself because when you’ve lost a spouse,
you’ve lost your life too. You’ve always been part of a pair. You take away one of the people and now you are just
extra. Like if you’ve played Bridge, they don’t need you anymore because it’s got to be pairs. If you are on a
couples bowling league, you aren’t going to be bowling on the couples bowling league anymore. You just get
pushed to the side because you aren’t part of a couples’ club anymore. So, Sheba has to make a new life for
herself. Early on after her husband dies, she realizes that he may be dead but not gone. Things keep happening
that make her realize he is still around.”
When she wrote this book, she was thinking that if you are a Christian, you always have this idea of Heaven
or Hell. Heaven is up and Hell is down, you learn this in Sunday school at four years old and it sticks with you
the rest of your life. But once she heard a psychic say, ‘they are just over there.’ It’s like once the physical body is
gone, your soul, spirit or energy doesn’t take a rocket ship to some other galaxy, they are just over there. And
sometimes there’s crossing through, and that is why people keep finding pennies, pennies from Heaven.
Candice thinks the book’s title is twofold. Sheba becomes a ghost in her own life because she is not actively in
the middle of it like she once was. And as her husband hasn’t gone too far, she has a ghost. It’s a book for old
people about old people. It’s a story about a woman that is suddenly alone and wasn’t prepared for it and has to
deal with life.
American literary writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “You don’t write because you want to say something.
You write because you have something to say.”
Just as Sheba, Candice too had to embrace the metamorphosis of her life after her husband’s death; this was
the inspiration for her new book. Although Sheba is a fictitious character, there is
real life in Candice Kohl’s latest and last novel.
As this article went to print, Sheba’s Ghost by Candice Kohl became available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.