Meet Kandise Le Blanc, our contributor of the week!

Kandise Le Blanc is a lifetime lover of literature and will be attending Northwestern University this fall.

In addition to her love of books and stories, Kandise is an aspiring jazz and classical singer. She’s a running-enthusiast, avid tea drinker, and Chipotle fanatic. Nineties chick flicks are her guiltiest pleasure. Kandise hopes to continue crafting her writing skills and someday publish her own fiction novel.
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Where I live now: Long Beach, CA (but I’m moving to Evanston, IL for college in the fall)
Fave book of ALL time: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I first read it during my sophomore year in high school, and I feel in love immediately. It has the perfect combination of brevity and clarity. Also I’m a sucker for color symbolism. 
What made me want to become a writer: Growing up I’ve always appreciated how books and writing move me using only symbols.  Writing is truly a magical craft. For me, being a writer allows me to connect with others on a deeper level and spread the joy of stories I’ve possessed for so many years. 
Music I listen to when I write: I actually have a writing playlist on Spotify. Some of my favorite groups are The Lumineers, The Weepies, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd
Fave place to work: Laying on my couch in my den writing in my laptop. Preferably with a cup of green tea with lemon by my side. 
Writers/artists I look up to: Ella Fitzgerald is my queen. Her voice is vocal butter, and her grace is one I’ve always admired. John Green is my king. The characters in his writing are teenagers, but he presents us as philosophical and deep individuals. I truly enjoy his writing, and I aspire to write as elegantly and frankly as he.  
This is the best meme: The Condescending Wonka meme. No matter the subject, it never fails to make me laugh.

My favorite story (in this it would be cartoon) I wrote/made for HelloGiggles is…  “An open letter to over eager Instagrammers.” I’ve only written a few articles, but this one was my first. Writing that piece propelled my journey as a writer and helped me find my voice. Plus it was great being able to poke fun at something so popular in modern culture using my creativity. 
The title of my memoir would be… Miles to go before I Sleep; it’s taken from a Robert Frost poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” I first came across the poem 3 years ago, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Whether it be while I’m running or just throughout everyday life, I’ve kept that motto to push me onward through hard times. 
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