Introducing Claire Plaisted
Claire Plaisted is an Indie Author and Small Indie Publisher. Claire works each day helping Indie Authors get their work together in a professional format. She assists them to publish their books online. Claire also writes and has twenty six books published so far.
At present Claire is working on updating her books in between working with various clients writing different genres.
Claire is a positive role model and will help where she can, or direct you to those who are more experienced. You can contact Claire on the attached links.
Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.
I wasn’t an early reader. Books didn’t interest me much. I loved to climb trees and go on bike rides down the country lanes in England. I discovered books at the age of twelve and haven’t been without one since. In fact I used to go read in a tree at the back of my parents house.
Though writing isn’t a passion it is a journey of learning and I’ll admit to enjoying most of it. I suppose part of the joy is using computers which I was denied as a teenager. I had wanted to be a computer tech, though my mother reckoned it was a fad…. ooopps
I love computing. I enjoy writing, blogging and especially helping others. I blame my parents for that too – the helping I mean.
Since living in New Zealand I have changed as a person. Marriage of 25 years, four children and several cats later, my cultural understanding and heritage has changed and grown.
Meanwhile…will someone tell my muses to get their backsides back to New Zealand so I can write. Thanks
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
Enchantments is a Young Adult Fantasy where a seven 21yr-olds are chosen to fight the Shadow Master. This first book is introducing you to all the characters and their animal energy. In the following series of four books will follow the journey of the characters and their strengths and weaknesses.
Watch out for the purple headed guy Kendall.
Who is your intended readership?
I am a multi genre author…so my reach is for all readers or those who need to be read to. For Enchantments it is aimed at 15 upwards.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I fell into writing due to waiting on documentation for a family history book I was creating for a client. I opened a document and the muse took over. That particular book is yet to be published
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
C S Lewis and the Narnia Series. I love these books, it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can read them and still learn something new. CS Lewis believed in writing a story for children of all ages. To me this means from one – one hundred.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Write a couple of manuscripts before you think about publishing. Find a great editor, join social media, promote you and your work a few months before you publish. Make sure you have a professional format your book. Also learn a bit about marketing, the more you know the better. There are some fab Facebook Groups out there.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
I have annoying characters who keep barging into my office and arguing over me about whose book I should be writing. It got so bad I threatened to push one (Duggan from Garrett Investigations Bureau) out of a plane without a parachute. It sure shut him up and made his girlfriend laugh.
The thought of having all my characters at a party would be hilarious, especially since I’m a multi genre author.
At present the muses are in the Northern Hemisphere enjoying the sun and ignoring me who is starting to panic here in New Zealand, wondering if I will finish two books in time for December celebrations.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
Helping other Indie Authors – is my business though hobby wise i enjoy Family History Research which started as a Hobby business. I research and make books for gifts. It’s great fun when I get the opportunity to make one.
I also enjoy my family time. They are amazing
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
Girlie and the Ninja Lady Bugs is the fourth book in Girlie Adventures. This story will cover bullying. 40% of the proceeds will be going to a charity who helps stop bullying in the UK…
I also have Ancient Relics – A Garrett Investigation Novel – book 6 due out in December.
Ghostly Writes Anthology 2017 releasing on All Hallow’s Eve – Multi Authors
Childrens Fairy Tale Anthology releasing December – Multi Authors
The Shadow Realm had found a gap in space and time, a place where they could observe the Human world before they claimed it as their own.
Farron is one of six, chosen to embark of an epic adventure against the Shadow King and his evil Realm; but how can six Humans fight against the perils of the Shadows of Death?
Because they’re not really Human…
First born sons and daughters of the Bul’ith, Farron and the others must accept the truth and the animal energies they inherit, heed the words of their trainers and defeat the Realm of the Shadow King. If they ever wish to restore their world
Where to find Claire Plaisted:
Claire Plaisted also runs several groups and a website to assist Indie Authors get their names out there.