Sunday Sharing: Interview with Claire Chilton

Today, my guest is Claire Chilton, author of The Demon Diaries. Welcome, Claire! :)

We’ll start with a twofer question: When did you start reading, and how did it feed into your deciding to become a writer?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read books. My grandfather was bookbinder, so I was surrounded by old books and presses when I was growing up. There’s a lot of literary history in my family, so books were a big part of my childhood. My mother taught me to read when I was two. However, I loved all the arts as a child. I wanted to grow up draw pictures for Walt Disney or to be a dancer or maybe a singer. I never considered writing until I was about sixteen. Then my interest became my passion, and I wrote my first short story. It was published when I was eighteen, and I haven’t looked back since really. I’ve been writing for about twenty years now. I think the stories were always there, waiting to be told, but it took me the first sixteen years of my life to decide how to tell them. I’m a big believer in the theory that stories are locked inside us until we put them out into the world.

What are your favorite genres and authors?

I love supernatural and fantasy worlds because anything is possible. I also love comedy because life is serious enough. Entertainment should be an escape from reality. If a story can take me into another world on an exciting adventure, then it wins my vote. There are so many authors I love for so many different reasons. I’m a big fan and Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Voltaire, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, James Herbert, Christopher Pike, Neil Gaiman, Oscar Wilde, George R Martin, JK Rowling, and Derek Landy … the list is endless. I love them all for the adventures, the comedy and the escapism into realms of fantasy.

Give us a few lines from a scene you’re particularly pleased with:

I really like the scene where Dora and Kieron first meet because their characters are so different. The dialogue between them always makes me smile.

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Demonic Dora
“Wha—” She didn’t finish as he pulled her into his arms and kissed her. His hard body pressed against her, and his warm hands roamed up her back. She almost melted into his wicked kisses—almost.
Dora pushed him away. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Becoming your willing slave.” He winked at her and rested his hands on her hips.
Her heart did a little backflip. “Fine. Clean my room,” she replied.

Does music play a part in your creative process?

Yes, music plays a huge part in my writing process. I don’t always listen to it, but when I’m writing a highly emotional scene, I find that music will invoke the right emotion in me. In Hustle, I listened to Three Doors Down’s, Not My Time, to invoke Ellie’s emotions of being unprepared for the dangerous life she was embarking on. In Hacker, I was listening to Nickleback’s Animals when I was writing the sexy scenes. Music tells a story too, so I think that it is a great way to access the right emotion when you’re writing scenes.

Favorite writing fuel?

My writing fuel is coffee. It’s not very original, but I write my chapters first thing on a morning, so I use it to wake me up and get me started every morning.

What’s your favorite kind of character to write?

Kickass heroines are my favorite kind. I can’t write heroines who are helpless. I’ll write a variety of heroes, but my heroines always have a bit of kickass in them. I admire strong women, so I always write strong women.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Claire. Best of luck to you in the future.

Thank you for the wonderful interview. It’s been a real honor to be here.

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Author Interview: Rebecca Chastain

Rebecca’s A Fistful of Evil sounds interesting, folks. Check it out! :)

1. Who is your favorite character you’ve invented and why?

Madison Fox, the protagonist of A Fistful of Evil. When I started A Fistful of Evil, I’d just finished a very long, terrible novel in which my main character spent a lot of time in her head. It was boring, and grossly over word count. With the next book, I was determined to create someone with spunk. I wanted a character who preferred action to introspection. Someone smart and confident, who would be fun to watch get into trouble. And like that, Madison was born: often overconfident but rarely whiny.

2. If a movie was made out of your novel, who would play this character?

Elizabeth Henstridge (without the British accent she currently has on Agents of Shield).

3. What is your favorite part of the novel-creation process? What is your least favorite?

I adore writing. I am an outliner, so by the time I sit down to write, I know my story forward and backward, and I’m anxious and giddy to finally get to write the scenes that have been playing around in my head. My least favorite part is the fifth or tenth edit. By then, the story feels flat and so obvious. That’s when it really helps to have some outside help (beta readers and editors) to remind me of the good stuff and point out all the flaws I’ve become blind to.

4. If you hadn’t become an author, what would you be doing?

I’d be a dolphinologist. (Sure, it’s a real job.) Of course, I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was 11, so it’s hard for me to picture focusing the last few decades on anything but writing.

5. What is the one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself to do (or not do) before you published your first novel?

Publish. Just do it! I kept waiting and waiting for some fairy godmother to bop me on the head with her magic wand and say, “Now you’re ready.”

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A Fistful of Evil - Ebook_medium_small Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. A Fistful of Evil is her debut novel, soon to be followed by Magic of the Gargoyles, a fantasy novel about a nest of kidnapped baby gargoyles and a woman’s race to rescue them from black-magic villains. To be the first to find out about new releases, sales, and freebies, sign up for Rebecca’s newsletter: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/newsletter/.

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