Interview with Candace Jane Kringle

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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 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.

Favorite thing about Christmas?

I hardly get to see my dad for the last three months of the year, which makes me sad, but then when he leaves town on Christmas Eve, we all party like crazy and I can get away with anything.

Truth: Does Santa Clause exist?

Duh, I hope so. He’s my father!

Favorite Christmas movie?

Sooo many to choose from. I have to go with Elf. Ed Asner really nailed his part and even replied to one of my tweets, saying it was an honor to play my father.

Weirdest tradition?

I’ve never told anyone this before, but every year, I sneak into the distribution center of my dad’s Workshop, you know, where the toys are loaded onto the sleigh. I pick one present at random and bestow upon it a magical kiss. This grants the recipient of that toy one Christmas Wish. I don’t really know if it works. It’s just my way of trying to balance out my Naughty/Nice scores for the year, because sometimes I tend to misbehave.

Can you tell us about your newest book, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus? It’s about this new boy at school named Rudy Tutti. I didn’t like him at first. He wasn’t like the other boys at North Pole High. He kind of hates anything to do with Christmas. But after we were assigned to build a Christmas tree together for a school project, I started to realize he was kind of hot chocolate! Well, getting Rudy to like me, the daughter of “Mr. Christmas” himself, was further complicated by my best friend, Snowflake, who was crushing on Rudy first, and by my father, who thinks I’m too old to date. I think he’s afraid if I grow up, I’ll stop believing in him like all the other kids in the world.

I think anyone who loves YA but doesn’t want to spoil the most wonderful time of the year reading about vampires and dark, dystopian themes will find this more whimsical, Meg Cabot-esque teen romance a refreshing break that’s just perfect for the holidays.

What made you want to write about a Christmas theme?

They always say, write what you know. And besides, who doesn’t love Christmas?

What was your favorite part about the book?

Gosh, that’s a hard one. Probably when Rudy kissed me under the Northern Lights. That was really a special night. Like Christmas times ten!

Can we assume that Christmas is your favorite holiday?

Unless my birthday counts. 🙂

North Pole High is your first book. How are you feeling about that?

It came so easy to me, since it all really happened. It’s going to be scary if I decide to write fiction and have to make everything up.

Did you experience any writer’s block?

More like always wanting to go out and play in the snow with my friends. Luckily I had my family’s chef, a seven-foot-tall penguin named Chefy, to keep me inside with his delicious deep fried s’mores and other tasty delights. I wonder if Charles Dickens gained as much weight as I did when he wrote A Christmas Carol. Can you give us your favorite quote or part from North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus?

Haha. I don’t want to come off sounding too full of myself saying this part or that part was soo great or whatever. But there was one line my editor really liked and when I read it back I was pretty surprised I had written it. I have to set it up a little, first, without being too spoilerish.

I had once made a snow angel that came to life, and didn’t know exactly how it had happened. Then, later, when things were just not going my way at all, I lay down in the snow and tried to bring her back. When I got up and looked for her, all I found was: “Nothing in the sky but the moon and the stars; nothing in the snow but my own depression.”

What are you going to work on next?

That all depends. If anything really crazy happens in my life like last Christmas, I could have another memoir to write. Otherwise, I’ll keep busy with my school work, helping my dad bring Christmas to the world, and maybe try my hand at some fiction.

What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile?

Believe it or not, I have not read Divergent yet, and I keep hearing so much about it, so that’s on the list. I’m looking forward to reading My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson because it’s about an Eskimo, and I know a lot of Eskimos up here in the North Pole. Also, Decked with Holly by Marni Bates looks good. And I need to continue in the Delirium (Lauren Oliver) and Matched (Ally Condie) series, and I want to check out the new one from Alyson Noel, Fated, too.

 

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