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Today I’m on the ‘The Universe Chronicles’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
About the Author :
Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. Growing up, she used to write stories with her friends. As a teenager she started out reading fantasy and science fiction, but her diet quickly changed to romance and happily-ever-after’s. A native of Massachusetts and cold weather, she left all that behind to move to the sun and fun of California, but has always lived no more than twenty miles from the ocean.
In college she studied acting with a minor in creative writing. In hindsight she should have flipped course studies. Before she was published, she sold books on eBay and discovered some of her favorite authors by sampling the goods, which was the perfect solution. Claire has many book-irons in the fire, most notably her urban fantasy series, The Elementals’ Challenge series, but writes contemporary and shifter romances as well as.
While she’s not a movie mogul or actor, she does work in the film industry with her office firmly situated in the 90210 district of Hollywood. Prone to break out into song, she is quick on feet and just as quick with snappy dialogue. In addition to writing she does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.
Title: Shifting Auras (The Universe Chronicles Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.
She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.
Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.
But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.
Title: Tracking Shadows (The Universe Chronicles Book 2)
Since the day Jiana Falco was forced to join the paranormal agency Night Stars, she’s been planning her escape. She uses her bodyguard’s split-second of distraction to vanish into the shadows, and burns the last bridge by saving Quillan Hardis.
But now, locked in Quillan’s muscular arms, pinned by his calculating amber gaze, his invisibility talent shielding them both, she’s in even deeper trouble. If that’s possible.
Quillan didn’t get to Universe Corps’ highest echelons by being a fool. The rare shadow manipulator in his grip is too easy a prize to be anything but a setup. A pretty lure he should send back to Night Stars. Instead, he holds on—and in changing her fate, he seals his own.
Under a secret order to unlock her untapped power—by any means necessary—Quillan takes Jiana on the run with only a precog’s vague direction, and a spark of desire that blooms into something warm and genuine. But her fear of being clawed back into Night Stars’ control could drive Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing will get her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.
But her fear of Night Stars could drives Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing can lead her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.
Do you see writing as a career?
Well, it would be nice to actually be able to earn a living at writing but I am not sure if I’d want to give up the day job. Theoretically it sounds nice because my day job is pretty stressful and I get all that time if I was doing nothing but writing but…
1. I can totally see if I were doing nothing but writing becoming a total hermit. I could order food in and basically never leave the house. My day job forces me to interact with dozens of people every day, making sure I don’t turn into a recluse.
2. Frankly, my day job gives me great benefits and that is hard to replace working for yourself. I am nothing if not practical.
Now if I hit the NYT bestseller list and were making six/seven figures on my writing then I’d almost have to reconsider the above. But…let’s just say I’m not there yet.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
Like anything else, it has its good points and bad points.
I think that self-publishing is great in many ways as it allows anyone to have an even playing field in terms of putting out their books. Nobody has to wait and pray that one of the “big six” is going to pick them up so in that sense anyone with an ounce of creativity can get their vision out to the public.
With that comes tons of scammers. That more than anything else bothers me. While the proliferation of self-publishing does create a crowded market and make it hard to stand out, which is a downside, it’s the scammers that really fry me. It’s the people like #copypastecris who steal work and palm it off as their own. It’s the book stuffers who game the system for page reads to get Amazon bonuses. It’s the people who sell books to other people once they are “done” with them so that the new folks can change the names, slap a new cover on the book, and call it original. I work hard—very hard—at my craft and folks like this give self-publishing a bad name.
I’ve had two publishers I very much enjoyed working with fold, and I think it’s very easy for small press publishers to go under. To thrive in this market, you have to be nimble and flow with the tide.
The good news is that there are still big publishers out there if people want to go that route. I have friends who are very happily with Harlequin, St. Martin’s, etc. In many ways we have the best of both worlds.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I do read, although these days it is mostly via audio books mainly due to time. I usually stick in the fantasy/paranormal genres, although I also dip into science fiction and very occasionally nonfiction. I think it’s important for a writer to be a reader as well. Not only do we then find out what is going on in our genre but I have been known to solve a problem area in my MS by reading other works. I can’t imagine not reading.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I write in the early morning hours, and at that hour there is only silence and the cheep of outside birds. I cannot write with music. Music distracts me because I love it so. So if I have music on I’m bopping along to that. Even classical I find myself lost in the beauty of the symphony. And if a TV is on I find myself straining to hear what is being said. So for me it is silence or nothing.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I usually have one story I am writing, although I have been known to juggle two and alternate between them, especially if I have hit a difficult spot with a story. I am almost always also editing another book at the same time. I write fast but the way I write I allow my books to have a lot of filler so the editing takes a bit of time.
writing – 1,000 words every day (or more), whether one or multiple stories
Editing – at least one chapter of one book, more if I am juggling multiple deadlines
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