Tell me about yourself, Claire.I am a SAHM, a master of the art of doing at least three things at once whilst managing to zone out the dulcid tones of Postman Pat and/or Thomas the Tank Engine. Apparently, I work best on minimal sleep so getting up at 5am to write/edit has become a way of life. I read voraciously in the chair, in bed, in the bath, walking around my home town – whenever I can slot at least a page turn in. You'd be surprised and how easy it is to cook and read at the same time. Ideas often arrive at the most awkward moment possible but luckily I have the memory of a goldfish. Having wasted my literary talents in an office environment for the past eighteen years I now intend to do as much as I can with what I've got for the next few decades. I've been unhappily married, done the big house in the country, kept fish, been a biker chick, traveled a little, eaten a lot and become a firm believer in the healing power of cake. I am now happily married with a little family of my own, currently living in Barking, Essex and wrestling with the eternal debate – dog or cat?
Tell me about your current Book:When three sterile women become pregnant, the group of friends affected, led by Kira & Jed Jenkins, must get to the bottom of a cover up, find out who the blue lady is and discover whether it's really toxic beyond the wall, or have Corporation been lying all this time?
It's 200 years in our future, the planet has been decimated in the High Energy Radiation wars leaving what's left of a sterile humanity spread out across the globe in isolated yet high tech cities. City 42 is protected from the toxic world outside by a force-field run by a company called Corporation who control sales, marketing and reproduction, allocating lab-grown babies to the general population as and when they see fit. Kira, an Archivist and Jed Jenkins, a Force Detective, won the anniversary lottery and go to collect their child, choosing an unusual natural parenting route. But all is not idyllic in City 42 – one of Kira's friend, Martha Hamble, daughter of the Marketing Director of Corporation is raped, the man responsible has no memory of the attack. Jed's partner, Pete Barnes and his sister, Ingrid, fall in love. Kira's friend and Anti-Corp sympathizer Ruth Maddocks has a spiritual experience outside the wall with a visiting professor. When these women discover they are pregnant, a medical anomaly, and their young friend Dina Grey suffers a personal tragedy that should never have been possible, everyone involved reveals having been visited in some way by a blue lady. Gaia - the goddess of the Earth, seems to have manipulated events to send the group of friends outside the city limits where they discover the planet has started to heal and needs mans help to recover fully. Will they be able to stop the lies of Corporation and reunite man and nature before it is too late?
What are you working on now?I am currently editing the first draft of a humorous fantasy novel called The Rose Thief. The Emperor, may he live forever and ever, in his infinite wisdom has magically imbued his red rose with the power of love. When the Rose Thief steals the rose and banishes their lover to the middle of nowhere, love begins to die. It's up to Chief Thief Catcher, Ned Spinks, and his band of motley catchers to save the day. Things go wrong, they get complicated. Druids, vampire mermaids, magic, evil sorcerers and criminal family members all get involved in what I hope is a very entertaining read.
Where is your favorite place to be when you write?The only place I have to write is my front room table. Even then I have to fight with meal settings, paperwork from school, the latest crafty project so therefore glue & glitter, various electronic devices and about four half drunk, cold cups of tea. I used to write in a little book cafe near the station but they have no toilet and sadly you can't sit in a cafe and not drink sold beverages – apparently it's a thing.
What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?No-one can tell you what to write, it's all you. Very scary yet very liberating at the same time. Also, it takes longer than you think and you do actually have to work really, really hard.
You can half-arse it but if you expect other people to read it then you probably shouldn't.
What is your favorite Website?My favorite website is HAED, a cross-stitch site that offers huge, complex designs many of which are fantasy-themed. Or it would be if I had any time to visit it.
The other sites I visit regularly are Pinterest and Goodreads which I do because I love them as websites and not just because they are useful author tools.