Candace Cameron Bure is one busy woman—she just released her first children’s book, Candace Center Stage, her Netflix series Fuller House is set to premiere its fourth season on December 14 and her partnership with the Hallmark Channel is about to be in full swing this holiday season. In her latest chat with LA Confidential, Bure talks about her writing process, directing her first episode of Fuller House, and holiday traditions with her family.
Congrats on your first children’s book. Tell us a bit about Candace Center Stage. CANDACE CAMERON BURE: Little Candace in the book has a really big personality in this first book—there will be more books to come. She thinks that she’s a great dancer and so her mom signs her up for ballet lessons but she doesn’t think she needs them because she’s so good at dancing. She realizes quickly that she’s not quite as good as she thinks she is. The themes in the book are all about sticking to it, following through and knowing that it’s okay to be you. You don’t have to be the best at something. Candace has triumphs at the end because of her own spunky little personality.
You’ve written a couple books now (Staying Stylish, Reshaping it All, Kind is the New Classy). What’s your writing process like? CCB: I don’t have any routines because my writing ends up being in the middle of a billion other projects. Whether I’m at home or at work, I just need a quiet place with no distractions. That often ends up being in the middle of the night at home a lot. I try and tap into the mindset of writing and into the resources that I’m trying to convey.
Fuller House Season 4 just got a premiere date of December 14th. Did you ever imagine the reboot would be heading into its fourth season? What can we expect this season for D.J.? CCB: It’s so great for me, I’m thrilled. I think that was always the hope and the expectation knowing what dedicated fans we’ve had for 30+ years. I’m glad it’s been successful and it wasn’t one of those ‘oh we tried, that’s too bad’ things. D.C. and Steve are together for season four and there’s no more back-and-forth with that. The audience will be happy if you’re a Team Steve fan because it’s settled. We tried to make the focus this season about the families. With Stephanie having a baby and Kimmy being the surrogate and D.J. parenting her own children. Season four focuses on family stories and learning lessons. Of course, there are a lot of hijinks that go on in several episodes too.
What was it like directing an episode this upcoming season? CCB: It was really wonderful and something I’d wanted to do for a long time. Fortunately for me the timing was right and I finally got a yes. I’d asked in the past but I wasn’t approved until this season. It was really an incredible experience. I was so comfortable in that position. The episode turned out really well and I’ve already been approved to direct several for our next season if we get our pickup as well as other shows. It’s definitely a new avenue that I will be exploring in my career.
We’re about to enter Hallmark Christmas movie season. Will we be seeing you in any this year? CCB: My Christmas movie is called A Shoe Addict’s Christmas premiering November 25. I produced it as I do all the Hallmark movies I work on. It was based on a book I read and I’m a real shoe addict in my own life. I’ve hosted several of the countdown to Christmas preview shows. I also host the Thanksgiving week of Christmas movies. I’m also the host voice of Hallmark’s new Sirius XM channel. It starts November 1st and runs through the whole Christmas season.
I also have another show called Christmas in America I executive produced through the Hallmark Channel. It will be airing in December. I am also hosting it—it’s from my production company. We show several ways how Americans celebrate Christmas. We go through several different cities and towns. For instance, in Florida there’s a surfing Santa contest. In Michigan they shoot Christmas trees out of cannons. There are all kinds of really fun traditions that American cities do so we’re planning on highlighting them.
Speaking of the holidays, does your family have any traditions that you’re looking forward to? CCB: We always bring breakfast and cook it, serve it and sit down and eat at a homeless shelter on Christmas morning. It’s meaningful and important to us. It’s kind of what our traditions come down to. My kids are older and I’m just vying for their time. Everyone just kind of wants to do their own thing. We try and get together with as much family later in the afternoon. All of us seem to live in different places now.
What’s next for you in terms of new projects? CCB: Currently shooting the next four mystery movies on my mystery movie series on Hallmark. Those will come next year. I have a partnership with dayspring.com, so I’m launching Christmas items in that space now available mid-November.