Please welcome Claire Kent to The Authorteers! She's here to answer some of our questions about her stories and writing.
1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.
Hold is a sexy, gritty, sci-fi prison romance.
2. A favorite of many of your fans (myself included) is Escorted. Are you surprised at which stories your readers love most?
I used to be surprised, but I’ve given up predicting which of my books readers will like most. It varies a lot, depending on their tastes, and it’s rarely the books that I like the most. For instance, Escorted isn’t anywhere close to the top of the list of my favorites. I can see why readers like it, but it’s not one that’s really close to my heart. But that’s totally fine! My tastes and reading preferences are rarely in line with what’s popular in the market, so I’m not at all surprised it works out that way with my own books.
3. Which one of your characters was your favorite to write about?
That’s such a hard question, since I tend to be in love with whoever the characters are in my current work-in-progress. In the last two years, though, I’d say the characters I was most emotionally invested in were Diana and Gideon from Salvation. I was literally living with them as I wrote it, which was a really powerful writing experience. I love all my characters, though, even ones (like Erin from Nameless) that a lot of readers seem to hate!
4. You write both novels and novellas, which I think is great because I'm a huge novella lover. Do you prefer to write one over the other?
I don’t have a preference, really. It depends on the need of the story. I used to only write long, and the initial drafts of my longest books (Listed and Nameless, for instance) were written years ago. Recently, I’ve been writing shorter, partly because I’m juggling writing with my full-time job and partly because those are the stories that are coming to me recently.
5. Which of your books was the hardest to write?
If we’re talking about emotionally difficult, it would be Listed and Salvation for sure. Both of them really leveled me in writing them. But, if we’re talking about difficult in terms of the time taken to research, think things out, and learn new things, then Nameless was hands-down the hardest to write. I spend huge amounts of time researching and talking to women about their pregnancy and birth experiences, since I’ve never been pregnant myself, and I wanted the book to be authentic. No other book I’ve written has taken so much leg-work in the writing.
6. Have you ever had to put a book aside for awhile? Did you ever go back to it?
Well, I’ve put all of my old books aside and gone back to them because I spent fifteen years writing and trying to get published, but failing. So I had a huge stockpile of written but unpublished manuscripts that I returned to when I started self-publishing. But I’ve never half-done a manuscript and gone back it later. If I set it aside, then there’s a reason for it—like it’s not compelling enough for me to complete or the story itself just doesn’t work. Some books have taken me a long time to complete, but I’ll keep working on them slowly until they’re done if I think they’re worth writing.
7. What are you working on right now?
I’m finishing Reconciled for Easter, the fourth Willow Park book, and I’m working on the second of a two-book series I’m writing for Loveswept. (The first, Untouched, should be released in July.) Then I’m going to start the first in a new Noelle Adams series called Beaufort Brides, which is a spin-off from the Heirs of Damon.
About the Author
Claire Kent is offering a copy of both Escorted AND the Listed boxed set (written under penname Noelle Adams).
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