Welcome, Clair de Lune. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
I never really intended to be a writer. I had a career. When I retired, I had time to read for the first time in years. Then I bought a Kindle and let myself loose on Amazon. I enjoyed reading BDSM fiction and bought some factual books on the subject. I was getting bored with doing nothing but housework and gardening etc and the prospect of doing only that for the next lord knows how many years was depressing in the extreme. My youngest son challenged me to write a book myself, but I doubt he expected the one I did write. When it came to writing my first book, the genre was obvious, given my recent reading. Then, too, I’d always loved the Regency period and read widely about it; both fact and fiction so the Regency novel was no surprise either. My daughter just said “About time,” when I told her about “The Locket.”
All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
So far I’ve been very lucky and there has been no really long period of blockage. The worst I’ve had to cope with is getting plot or characters into a situation I can’t get out of. I just leave it and go and do something else, usually catch up on housework with loud heavy metal playing in the background. I sleep on the problem and it gets sorted out in my brain in the night. More than block the edits, promo and other admin is a problem, as it stops me writing
Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
I still have a large family house and garden to cope with and it takes a lot of my time. I used to do a lot of sewing, mainly appliqué, making quilts and such but I haven’t done any of that for ages. I like to write to friends; that’s proper letters on proper paper!! I write emails as well but nothing beats a real letter to sit down and read over a cup of tea. I’ve made some good friends since I started to write and chat to them on Facebook. I swim twice a week too at the ungodly hour of 7:30 usually.
I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
My husband was stunned when I told him I’d had a book accepted, as he wasn’t even aware I was writing it. It took a while for him to become used to it but he and my children and the couple of old friends I’ve told have all been very supportive. Now he takes me out for lunch or buys me flowers on release days.
Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
In no particular order Jane Austen, PD James, Dorothy L Sayers, Sir Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, A E Van Vogt, James White, Murray Leinster, Anne McCaffrey, Cooper McKenzie, Sage Marlowe. This is 10 there are so many more I could have added.
If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
Kam this the most difficult to answer. “Initiation” is the one I’d choose. Sean Connery for Master Angus and Emma Thompson for Jane.
Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
I am wrestling with two books both of them in the Prometheus in Chains. Master Rafael’s story and Jack the ex-Special Branch friend of Master Eric. I have two more of the Regency series in the begun and plotted stage and one about Hadrian’s Wall half written.
Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
Prometheus in Chains are all stand-alone but they are better if read in order. As I found it frustrating when reading trying to figure out which book followed which in a series, mine are numbered on the cover and in the blurb. The same applies to the Dragons of the Cairngorms. The Locket is book one and there’s no book two yet so the problem doesn’t arise.
Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
Can I please add that I do answer all emails and Facebook contacts and some of my fans have become good friends. Don’t hesitate to get in touch. You may think that we don’t have time to answer you but how can we tell if you enjoy our books if you don’t tell us?
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Clair de Lune for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and talk.