Please copy and paste the questions in the comment box of my blog, edit in your answers, then copy and post to yours with a link back.
As we all know, the idea of speed dating is get to know your prospective date in 10 minutes. Author Speed Date works in much the same way.
This should be fun!
Name (the one you write under): Claire Gillian (and Lila Shaw and Iris St. Clair)
Speed date Bio (one or two lines): Corporate slave for an insurance services co as ops/finance manager, mom of 2, slovenly housekeeper because writing eats up my free time.
Web Link: Well you’re already here so just look up in your browser window (this one is more for the commenters, obviously)
Next Book, pub date (if any): Um…have 3 in completed draft stage–The PURE, My Fair Vampire, Trust Me (YA working title) and an anthology about half done that I want to query…eventually. October will bring 2 pubbed anthologies containing Claire’s and Lila’s short stories. I have a third outstanding story still being evaluated but I’m not holding my breath on that one anymore.
Real Name or Pseudonym: Claire Gillian (pseudonym) My real first name is C****** but that’s all I’m sayin’ here.
Most recently read book: Mirrorlight by Jill Myles
Currently Reading: Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Next on Your Reading List: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews…or City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare…or…never mind
Facebook or Twitter (include account name): Facebook as Claire Gillian (author page); Twitter: @auburnassassin (Claire), @lila_shaw, @iris_st_clair–>Prefer Twitter though
Three authors living or dead you would want to have dinner with: Erma Bombeck, Jean Shepherd, Suzanne Collins
Jet-setter or armchair traveler: A healthy balance of both.
Glass ½ full or ½ empty: 1/2 full
Tea or Coffee: Other–Diet Coke with coffee in second then tea
Live to write or Write to live: Is there a difference?
About My Writing
When (time of day) I write: After work, sometimes during lunch breaks or when a very slow computer program is running, between AM workout and heading to job, most of the weekends.
Writing soundtrack: I can’t listen to music when I write. Too distracting because music creates its own world for me that is highly competitive with my written worlds.
Character Inspirations: There’s a few movie & TV characters I’ve found memorable (says the former fan fiction writer) like Jim Halpert from the Office, Sylar from Heroes, probably a few literary ones too like Jamie and Claire from Outlander…
Plot Inspirations: I have no idea where they come from–sometimes a mood or a visual or a song (lots of songs). My car and shower are great incubators though.
Setting Inspirations: I don’t care that much about settings since I’m not into world-building. Usually I pick one I already know somewhat so I don’t have to research. I’m basically pretty lazy in this respect.
Plotter (carefully plot books) or Pantser: More of a pantser. I sometimes create random puzzle pieces that revolve around character development and interactions then figure out later how to assemble them cleverly. LOL
Now it’s YOUR turn to give us a speed date, pretty please.