Friday, December 7, 2012

Welcome Jean Lauzier

Jean Lauzier   
Cande Hernadez is the product of a chat room discussion of character names and the stereotypical things attributed to them.  She started out as Candy; kind of sweet, being teased by her male co-workers and not very memorable. I put her aside and continued with other characters until challenged to write a short piece for Halloween.
Having Halloween in mind, I thought Candy would be the perfect name to use. I even planned to have someone comment how much he’d like to find her in his trick-or-treat bag. But then I realized, she wouldn’t put up with that kind of remark. She may be a nice person but she demands respect, especially from her co-workers. It was about this time I realized she was Hispanic and her name really was Candelaria, Cande for short.
The more I got to know her, the more I liked her. Raised in the small East Texas town of DryLake, she often had to stand up for herself as a bi-racial (American/Mexican) child. Not only did this contribute to who she is today, it gave her a special affinity for those who are weaker and a dislike for those who bully them.
While not drawn from anyone I know, she is the type of person I’d like to have as a friend. Compassionate, fiercely loyal, strong-willed but always up for some fun.  Plus, she gets to say things I’d like to but can’t.


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Bio:  Jean Lauzier has always been a writer though life just recently settled enough so she can spend the time needed at the keyboard with her characters.  Jean writes mystery and fantasy for the most part but enjoys playing with romance and western genres ever so often.  When not writing, Jean spends her time trying to keep her Bonsai alive, learning Spanish and training the cat.
Her short story collection, Six Pack of Murder is available on Amazon.  She is president of the East Texas Writer’s Association.
During the tour, Jean will be giving away at least three copies of Six Pack of Murder and three copies of the soon to be released Dark Descent. Be sure to leave a comment along with your email address to be entered in the drawing. 


  1. I am so glad Cande finally started telling you about herself. She sounds like a great character. Did you ever use her as a character in a short story for Halloween? That would be awesome irony!

  2. Jean,
    Welcome to my writers forum. Enjoy the day!

  3. I think I'd like Cande for a friend too, Jean. Enjoyed the post and learning even more about you.

  4. Thanks for having me.

    And yes, I'm in process of doing a short story with Cande as the MC. It's a modern horse-napping, switch thing. It's about half written though I have it plotted in my head. :-)

  5. Interesting post, Jean, on how you and your character got to know each other. And Candelaria is a beautiful name--and Cande for short is perfect. Very enjoyable post.


  6. Isn't it great how characters surprise us by revealing traits and inner thoughts as we're writing about them? So many secrets and opinions hidden away that pop up at the least expected times. Cande sounds like one of those characters.

  7. Enjoyed the post and learning more about Cande.