About the Author
Claire writes intensely emotional romantic novels. Her vision is to transport her readers into another place and time, creating characters so real, readers miss them when they reach The End. Her heroes are hot, & her heroines strong and brave: a combination producing the spark to fan the flames of your most intense romantic fantasies. Claire’s characters are human, just like you & me. They make mistakes, they get clumsy sometimes, & they’re not too proud to laugh at themselves & each other.
The keyword here is EMOTION. Big on the *Sigh* factor, Claire’s stories aim to hit you straight in the heart and leave you smiling through happy tears.
She writes in two genres: romance w/a ghostly twist, and sexy contemporary. Claire’s books are like a thrill ride at a theme park. Whether it’s spooky-scary, angst-ridden relationships filled with gut-wrenching turmoil, silly chuckle moments, or hot-flash-inducing sex, Claire guarantees to take you on an emotionally intense romantic journey.
What inspires you to write romance books?
True love and experiencing the intense emotions of new love inspires me to write romantic fiction. I also love creating characters and then letting them take me on a journey that even I don’t know the destination.
Tell us about how you write:
I’m a hybrid of pantser and outliner. I start out with an idea, then play the “what if” game verbally, creating the story as I go in words to my husband (my poor husband!) The first 1/3 of the book is definitely written by the seat of my pants. I write the ending, then outline the scenes in between before I write them.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them. They wake me up in the middle of the night and insist I get up to write down what’s happening before I forget.
What advice would you give other writers?
Perfect your craft. Read craft books, attend seminars, join a critique group and develop a tough skin. Not all the advice you get will be useful, but you will learn what to keep and what to throw away.
Never give up. Believe in yourself, trust your instincts, and write the kind of story you love to read. If you love them, others will too. Passion shines through.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out with small, traditional publishers. But because I’m a control freak, I jumped ship and now am Indie all the way.
I recommend new authors to start out with small, traditional presses until you understand the process and have the validation being published provides. Indie is a lot of work, and you have to be not only motivated, but obsessed with details to provide readers with a quality, consistent reading experience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe instead of “breaking into the Big NY publishing houses” by query or pitching, you will now be picked out of the Indie Sea. I think that’s already happening.
What genres do you write:
Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in:
Both eBook and Print
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