Hey there readers and writers,
Another Saturday is upon us and this means we get the chance to be introduced to another author! Whoot! A big welcome to author Claire Buss, who like me, writes in multiple genres( heck to the yes- no reason to limit ourselves right?) She is from the UK, loves baking, and Pinterest ( woman after my own heart). No reason to make this intro any longer than it needs to so let’s get this interview started!
What inspired you to start writing?
I began attending a Writers’ Workshop at my local library then entered their book competition. I was shortlisted and ended up having to write my debut novel in three months – I placed second and my writing career was born! I have always loved words though, writing short stories and poetry in my youth and reading voraciously.
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
My debut book, The Gaia Effect, was published in December 2016 as part of the prize for entering the Pen to Print Book Competition. I did query the book and had several positive rejections as well as one request for full manuscript but sadly they didn’t take it any further. I decided to self-publish and just keep writing.
Describe your writing space.
Haha. I am a stay at home mum with two smalls, only one of which goes to school at the moment so my writing space is wherever I can grab five minutes. Usually the sofa in the evening once the kids have gone to bed.
How do you do research for your books?
I tend to make up the world and technology in my stories but if I am referencing something that actually exists then I will do some Googling to make sure I’m using the right terminology and haven’t gone off in the wrong direction.
What motivates you to keep writing?
The fact that complete strangers read my books and enjoy them. There is no greater thrill. I have so many ideas and I enjoy writing so much that I hope I never stop.
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Take the time to celebrate what you have accomplished and break down the things you need to do into small, manageable chunks. The big stuff will get done and you’ll feel like you made progress.
Tell me about the books you write.
I have several collections. My first is The Gaia Collection, a hopeful dystopian trilogy set two hundred years in the future and following the lives of Kira and Jed Jenkins and their friends as they struggle to survive. They have to overcome being lied to their entire lives, an irradiated planet, a decimated human race, a murderous and controlling Corporation bent on their destruction as well as a potential extinction environmental event. That probably doesn’t sound too hopeful but Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, tried to help where she can and offer a path to solution. The first book is The Gaia Effect, the second is The Gaia Project and the third, out this November, will be The Gaia Solution. The Roshaven books are my humorous fantasy series. Completely inspired by my love of Sir Terry Prattchett’s Discworld these stories follow the adventures od Ned Spinks, Chief Thief-Catcher and his sidekick Jenni the sprite. There’s lots of observational humour, amusing scenarios, slightly offbeat fantasy representations (vampire mermaids) and of course Jenni, the stinky, extremely powerful fae who talks with a shocking East End/Cockney accent. I currently have one novel, The Rose Thief, one novella, The Interspecies Poker Tournament, and one free short story, Ye Olde Magick Shoppe. I have two books of short stories, both of which are available in audiobook as well as ebook and paperback. Tales from Suburbia and Tales from the Seaside are both filled with short stories, blog posts and poems taking a satirical look at everyday life. There’s no magic or sci-fi in these books, just slice-of-life stories. I have two books of flash fiction. The Blue Serpent & other tales is free if you sign up to my author newsletter and Flashing Here and There is just .99 – both books are ebook only. They range across subject matter and genre but none of the flashes are longer than 1000 words. I have four books so far in my Little Book of Verse poetry series – Little Book of Verse, Little Book of Spring, Little Book of Summer and Spooky Little Book. The next four will be released in 2020 and then there will be a boxset so that will be great. My sister did the cover artwork for me for those so they are extra special. All the poems are reflections on life from living at the seaside to juggling mum life to the best of my ability. Lots of emotion and hopefully, lots of laughter.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is.
I’ve written 13 books so far and I’m in 4 anthologies. I have a short story, Patient Data, in the Sci-Fi Roundtable anthology The Quantum Soul. I have a short story, Underground Scratchings, in the Inkling Press anthology Tales from the Underground. I have a co-written short story, A Badger Christmas Carol, in the Sparkly Badgers’ Christmas Anthology and I will seen be releasing Haunted, the Sparkly Badgers’ Halloween Anthology which includes my flash fiction Dress Like An Animal and poem Are You Afraid of the Dark? My favourite to write are definitely the Roshaven books so I look forward to getting back into that world next year.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
I don’t have a favourite character really but I think Jenni the sprite is a firm reader favourite lol.
Tell us about your latest writing project
The Gaia Solution, book 3 in The Gaia Collection is my current writing & editing project as I desperately aim for a November release. It follows on the story of Kira and Jed Jenkins in my post-apocalyptic setting 200 years in the future but unlike other dystopian novels, I do have some hope – if they make the right choices. I’m rooting for them! I do have an idea for a new multi-book series which features a young girl called Kat who works for an unusual temping agency. There may be magic! It’s still in the loose formation stage of things so perhaps I’ll use NaNoWriMo to really begin working on it.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Hahaha – between trying to write, edit, format, promote & market my books and looking after my two monsters, I don’t get a lot of down time. I do enjoy baking and reading and I used to crosstich when I had more time. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to that hobby in the future.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Quiet, funny & loyal.
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you chose that particular season?
Summer is too hot, Spring is too wet and Winter is too cold. Autumn has all those wonderful colours and hot chocolate and bonfires and fireworks and it’s cold enough for your coat but not enough to freeze your wotsits off.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
Ahem… I don’t have a playlist...
What is your favorite food?
Pasta! Or cake. Maybe cake.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Only one???? Robert Jordan, Sir Terry Pratchett and Robin Hobb. You can’t be mad at me for top three.
What are you reading right now?
As of 6th September 2019, I’m reading The Lost War: Eidyn Book One by Justin Lee Anderson.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
Haha not much if they follow my social media feed but I’m terribly, terribly frightened/disgusted/grossed out by snails.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Newsletter Signup http://eepurl.com/c93M2L
FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/BussBookStop
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out?
I love writing and I love hearing what readers think of my books so please, leave a review! Thank you so much for having me.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today folks. I hope you enjoyed this interview with Claire as much as I did. Comments? Questions? let us know.