Claire isn't yet published, but soon will be. Learn what she likes about writing, and what, quite frankly, she doesn't like, though the task must be done.
Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
I started writing in earnest in the 8th grade. I was in an English/Literature class that incorporated creative writing, and I started with a Danielle Steele-Esq romantic tragedy. I read it to the class at the teacher's behest, and to my surprise, my short story caused a great deal of tears to fall from the girls in the class. Without that teacher, I'm not sure if I would have continued writing. It propelled me forward into high school creative writing. Life has tossed me a twist or two, and I ended up writing for some time in the 1980's, and participating in a literary guild in S. California. Some more twists and turns and suddenly eighth grade is so far away-yet that spark to write remains.
How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or do you prefer writing freehand?
I've written in all venues. Now, I prefer a laptop.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
My favorite part of the creative process is when my characters do things I never told them they could do, and yet my fingers fly over the keyboard - even without consent! My east favorite is editing. For the most part anyway- sometimes it's there where I find a more descriptive way to illustrate my thoughts. Still, editing can be truly heinous.
How do you come up with your characters? Why would readers want to get to know them?
I usually come up with a thought or spark of an idea. My best characters create themselves - doing a written, sit-down 'interview' with my characters. I found once I know what type of character I want, 'conducting' an interview brings my imagination to life.
What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
None thus far- I'm still editing my novels. My cookbook, in my professional name, I simply put on the shelf in my office. I self-published for convenience.
How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
I write mostly evenings and weekends. I try to write an hour on week nights and I schedule 8-12 hours on the weekends.
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
I've finished Collision, which is still in editing. I'm working on Glass Slipper, from a man's POV, with the mindset and thoughts of a man struggling after war and in - film noir style. It's been my biggest challenge yet, especially since I'm not a man nor have ever served in the military. Also, approaching it from the 1940's lingo in modern day is interesting. Poor guy, gets himself in a jam no matter what he does.
Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
I've several. I have several in a series based in the fictional town of Whiskey River. One is a children's book based on two dogs, solving doggy crime.
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
If you have the desire, read a lot, devote yourself to the craft and don't give up. Join literary guilds. Get honest critiques - people who are just being sweet don't have your interests in mind. Take criticism and make it work for you. I find, the tougher my critic, the better my writing.
Most authors write because it's in the blood, not the wallet. Always keep your day job. For me, the last thing I want to do is take my greatest joy and turn it into drudgery and deadlines.
Thank you, Claire!