Author Interview with Clairissa SinClair

Thank you for joining us this busy time of year and reading a little about this up and coming author, Clairissa SinClair. Her name is a mouthful just as it is to type and her books are just as much full of life. So lets get start!

Gina: Why did you become an author?
Clairissa: I suppose the stories have always been bouncing around in my head since I was a girl, but I finally got brave enough to put them out there. 
Gina: I’m glad you did. I think many authors do this.
What genre of books do you like to write? 
Clairissa: I love romance, the spicier the better, but I also have a work in progress that is more satirical. 
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing? 
Clairissa: Naked and Afraid!  My boyfriend and I watch the show all the time.  I’m always impressed with the women who just do what needs to be done.  Especially when the man taps out after three days, in tears, because of bug bites.  My new book is semi-dystopian with a super strong heroine who is the one that keeps the people she loves alive in a scary new world.
Gina: I like the sound of that.  
Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
Clairissa: I am a pantster.  I like to create interesting characters with real life situations and flaws.  I introduce them and see what happens next, like an observer.
Gina: Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing? 
Clairissa: I write better with my Chihuahua Gizmo by my side.  He’s my lucky charm.
Gina: Aw, how cute.
Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself? 
Clairissa: I made a few rookie mistakes.  I was so excited to put on my first book, I accidentally uploaded the UNEDITED version! It was chock full of typos and I got some mean reviews as a result.  I also had it split in two books.  I ended up pulling it, cleaning it up, recovering it, merging them into one book and renaming it as “The Evolution of Jules”.
Gina: That sounds like some huge mistakes. I’m glad you fixed and am now moving on.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?   
Clairissa: A journey of  fifty thousand words starts with a single keystroke.
Gina: I think that is one of my new favorite sayings.
What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author? 
Clairissa: My dear friend, author Rebecca DeMedeiros told me not to take reviews personally. 
Gina: Yes, so many people do review on a curve for their taste. But I believe you can still get something from a bad review.
What goals have you set for yourself in the future? 
Clairissa: I want to finish up three more books in the Nesting Instinct Vampire series.  I want to finish Dystopia and a few other works in progress.  On a whim, I started another series based on colorful snowbirds and retirees in Florida.  I call it  “Second Chance at Love in the Sunny Daze Trailer Park”.
Gina: Very busy! How do you find the time to write so?
How do you want readers to see your work? 
Clairissa: I try to write strong female leads who have flaws.  We all have them.  I’d really love for them to see a little of themselves in each of them.  In the Instinct series, Vivi is a party girl, Rita was in a physically abusive relationship, and Delphine was an addict.  Veronica, who is up next, has self-esteem issues.  Jules was trafficked.  Joss was dumped. In the end, they all discover their inner strength.
Gina: Wow! I like the varity you has.
What should a reader expect to see from your next novel? 
Clairissa: Book 4 in Nesting Instinct will be out by Christmas!  This one has sweet, computer nerd, Veronica finding TWIN mates in the Niklas and Lukas.  It will be quickly followed by a deliciously dirty M/M Vamp warrior love story, and wrapped up with Alec’s story.   My NaNoWriMo project is complete as of today, and I really like it. This one is a heavy BDSM piece about a Dom who becomes obsessed with his boss.  He blindfolds her, when he comes to her in the night, teaching her to find her own strength through her submission.  Guaranteed to set some panties on fire.
 Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers? 
Clairissa: I’d love to hear from you more often! Good, bad or indifferent, feel free to drop me a line and share your thoughts or ideas.  I’ve received a few emails or PMs from some of you and they absolutely mean the world to me.  I will respond to every single one of them.  Also, leave reviews whenever you can, not just for me, for all of your favorite books.   Even a few words are a fantastic way to say ‘thank you’.
Gina: Thank you for sharing with us today. I think we all can see we have much to look forward to with your writing and that you are a most follow.
Clairissa: Thank You.
Gina: That does it for this interview. Be sure to check out the newest release of the Nesting Instinct series and all of Clairissa SinClair’s other books. You can do so now.

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