Welcome back to Authors Corner With Clarissa Cartharn
Clarissa, why do you write?
I write because I love it. I itch to get my thoughts and words on paper. I’m always writing either my books, in my blog or on some forum. There is no other reason but my love for writing.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I remember when I was about seven or eight years old I told my mother that I wanted to become a writer. She thought I was being too fantastical and that I should focus on something more practical and viable. So I gave up on the idea and thus began my years of drifting and sole-searching. When circumstances led me to leave work to look after my children, I decided to dabble with the idea of being a writer again. (grins) I don’t dabble anymore. I am a writer.
What genre are your books?
They are romances with sub-genres of thrillers, adventure and contemporary
What draws you to this genre?
I love romances. Watching a story of two people unfolding and falling in love is beautiful.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate, or longhand?
On a computer. But I’ve always had a fascination for writing on a typewriter, my hair and clothes all unkempt, a cigarette in an ashtray and a cup of coffee steaming by my manuscript pile. However, I am a non-smoker and my obsessiveness over cleaning prevents me from realizing this fantasy.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come from everywhere. It could be something I may have read or seen on T.V. or even when someone is relating a story to me I could go ‘hmmm… that sounds like a potential story.’
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
My last book was based on a woman who was captured and forced to marry her captor. I had to do a lot of research on how women felt under such circumstances and all those stories were not romantic at all. These were real stories of abuse and human degradation and to read about the sufferings of these women wasn’t easy.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
The cover plays a very important part of the buying process. It is a reflection of the mood, the atmosphere and the story itself. It is one of those factors that buyers use as an aid to judge whether a certain book is for them.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
The one strategy that has worked for me is to write the next book. There is no better way of marketing your book than your work itself. Spend more time on the quality of the work you produce and let your work speak for itself.
How can my readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Clarissa-Cartharn/e/B009X0P0EO
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