Season's End is a novel about demons, fear and family ties. It is a disturbing and uncomfortable tale set in a traditional British fun fair, and will make you avoid roller coasters forever!
And so, feeling suitably creeped out, here are the questions I put to Claire, and her excellent answers:
When and why did you start writing?
I have never lied, but I have always told stories. As a kid, I would create elaborate stories to get me out of trouble for something I had done that perhaps I shouldn't. I now just tell my husband that the fairies did it when I perhaps eat his chocolate, or drink the last of the coffee.
What 3 things (not including paper, computer, pens) would you like to facilitate a good days writing?
Without doubt, coffee. I have an addiction. I am besotted with my coffee percolator and often leave notes on the front door telling visitors to bugger off unless they are bringing me more coffee. Strong, black and no sugar, thanks. Also, my cats. I talk to them as sounding boards, because they don't tell me what to do. Finally, erm.... darkness. Miserable days appeal to me. Black(?) cats, black coffee, black nights...I'm sensing a theme
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Do you write to a schedule, eg every day or three times a week, set times, etc or do you write as and when the mood strikes?
I write for at least an hour a day. I am an insomniac, so very often, I am awake in the early hours of the morning and find the dark and the peace perfect for writing.
Who is your favourite fictional character (that you've written) and why?
Ruth in Wake Up. She is an arrogant bitch when you first meet her, but as you discover why, she grows on you and you start rooting for her.
Is writing your main source of income? Can you survive on book writing alone? if not, what else do you do?
I don't survive on book writing alone, but I do live on my writing! I write for a range of companies, doing SEO blogs, CVs, employment documents and stuff like that.
What are your favourite biscuits?
Bourbons. Dipped in coffee. Nom nom nom.
Where do you do most of your writing?
I am so bad, I have a proper study/library and I go in there to chill rather than write. Drives my husband insane, but I often work from the sofa with Christmas movies on in the background.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. I only just started it yesterday, so can't tell you anything yet.
Is truth really stranger than fiction?
Oh hell yes. Yes indeed. I can tell you some crazy arsed stories that are completely true that sound so incredible that they feel like fiction.
If you could genetically cross and animal with a fruit or vegetable what would you choose and why? I'm currently keen on a melon hippo, green and water-loving, juicy and HUGE.
Hmmmmm...... A cat with a coffee plant. I would love if my cats smelt of coffee. Unfortunately, Tinker Stinks has a rancid bum and Zorro smells fishy.
If reading and writing were banned on pain of death, what would you do instead?
Die. (I think it's only fair to tell you other authors have started an underground writing resistance so I'm sure you could join, as long as the smell of coffee brewing didn't give you all away!)
If you could bring a dead person back from the dead for one day to have tea and a natter with them, who would you choose and why?
This is pretty much the easiest question of the lot. My Mum. She passed away in 2015 and I miss her so, so much. She was the person I talked to about anything and everything. I was her live in carer too, so I spent everyday with her. Losing her was the hardest thing that ever happened. However, I am very close to her 2 remaining sisters, and they are both awesome. I am off for a weekend away with Auntie M at the end of November because she told me I needed a rest!! Aw! I hope you have a fabulous time.
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