About the Author
Claire Plaisted grew up in the small historical town of Sandbach, Cheshire, England with two older siblings and loving parents.
At 19 she moved to the town of Colwyn Bay in North Wales and it was from here that her adventures began with her first holiday abroad on her own at age 21. New Zealand was the destination and this is where she met her husband to be and eventually moved to in 1991.
Married with four children, sadly losing their youngest child. Claire engages her time in bringing up her children along with family history research. Starting a small hobby business in 2010 to format and print Family History Books for people. It was during the formatting of one book Claire opened a word document while waiting on receiving information to finish her latest project. Her first novel was born. Though this Regency Mystery Romance novel is yet unpublished Claire learnt a lot about the writing world.
Writing novels of many genre, her writing has now taken over her life during the week. With ten books published as e-books and eight as paperbacks, Claire is getting ready to publish her first Regency novel, book six of GIB and another childrens story.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Romance – My first book was a Regency Historical Romance of which I wrote three chapters in one afternoon in 2012. After sending it to two good friends in the UK they demanded more and they wanted sex scenes. With much muttering and embarrassment and telling them not to blame me, I added sex scenes to much teasing. Blushing badly it took me a while to get over it and just write. Today I write romance, because it is what my readers want. I have done some childrens books just to prove I can write books without adult content.
Recently I decided, after reading a lot of Mills and Boon Books (over the years) that are sometimes repetitive I decided I could do better. So I wrote a short office Romance Story under a pseudonym name and released it on Kindle on Valentines day.
Tell us about how you write:
Apparently I write from the seat of my pants. I actually think I have a muse or a pixie on my shoulder as if someone is telling my fingers what to write. It is really weird, I have no real clue where the stories are coming from. I can read through something and look, frown and mutter “Did I really write that.”
I am a prolific writer who writes fast paced novels with many unexpected twists and turns. I rarely plot, though I do chuck idea’s around with friends when I get stuck. I do try and keep a list of characters these days, though I dont’ always have what they look like. It tends to be names I forget.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Talk to my characters!! They have started to bombard me with their wants and needs. sometimes they can be a right pain, other times they give great ideas. This is mainly with my series “Garrett Investigation Bureau,” which had five books so far with another two been written. Jones, is the MC in book six and he can’t decide how to end his novel.
During this waiting period, Abraham, another character demanded I start his book. At present he is unconscious on a cold damp concrete floor, muttering at me to get him out of his predicament.
Yeah yeah, i’ll get there, let me finish with Jones first.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing, and stay positive. Even if a big publishing house doesn’t want your work, remember there is always Self-Publishing and plenty of guidance out there to help you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had to learn how to set out the book draft for publishing houses, though similar, they are different. It was quiet hard. After all the hard work of writing and formatting you get rejected numerous times. I decided to self publish instead. Not only to I keep total control of my work, I also decide on the book cover, who to edit my work.
Once again it is hard work, though I won through, learning how to format Print and eBooks, which actually gave me a business in formatting for other authors.
Mark Twain self published so why shouldn’t we. It’s still hard work marketing, though having total control is great
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books in the past were all self published until companies were formed, where we now have the Big Six. The amount of great novels they miss is horrendous, so I am glad self publishing is back in vogue.
I think smaller publishing companies will gain more clients as the big six battle it out with online publishing.
What genres do you write:: Murder, Mystery, Romance, Erotic, Thriller, Paranormal
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print