Candace Camp cannot remember a time when she was not interested in creating stories. Born into a newspaper family — her mother had been a reporter and her father was the business manager of the Amarillo, Texas, newspaper — some of Candace’s earliest memories are of making up stories which she played out on the floor of their den with whatever objects were handy. She began writing down her stories when she was about 10, and from then on writing was her favorite form of relaxation. Explains Camp, "I was always very shy and did not talk much. However, in written form, I could express all my thoughts and feelings."
Writing remained only a hobby, though, as Candace attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and West Texas State University, then became a secondary teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She later moved to North Carolina, where she worked in the trust department of a bank. It was there that she discovered the romance novel in modern form and started to write her first romance. She also began law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and while she was there, she finished her first novel, entitled Bonds of Love. Ms. Camp credits the rigorous training of law school with teaching her the discipline necessary to finish a book.
Bonds of Love was published by Jove Publishing in 1978, under the pseudonym Lisa Gregory. Ms. Camp gave up the practice of law to devote her time to writing. Two pseudonyms, 43 books, and 22 years later, Candace Camp writes under her own name for MIRA — and still loves creating stories.
Earlier in her career, her historical were primarily set in the United States, usually in the post-Civil War west, a time and place that are very special to her.
In recent years, however, she has turned to writing books set in Regency England, another period that ‘speaks to her.’ England in the nineteenth century, especially the early years, offers an ideal setting in which a romantic story can be played out, according to Ms. Camp.
She has been married for twenty-eight years to Pete Hopcus and has a daughter, Anastasia Hopcus, a writer of young adult novels.