Each week we are featuring a couple of our now published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. They have all contributed to our first eBook, Tales From The Cafe: Vol 1, details of which are posted on our home page. Our latest interview features Clair Evans. Be sure to check out her author page for more information…
Q1 Give us some background on yourself?
I am a fairly ordinary single mum of 3 sons (2, now grown-up). I used to be a groom but I’m now concentrating on finishing my degree and writing. Originally from Somerset, I now live in the beautiful Cotswolds.
Q2 What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?
I decided to combine my love of graveyards and nature. I wanted to give that real sense of escape from the pressures of life that I experience when I visit one, and show that they are places of peace, not sorrow or danger.
Q3 Why did you want to become an author?
I think it was purely admiration for the work of authors whose books I read when I was growing up. I longed to be able to create something as good as they had. It also appealed to me as a peaceful existence; sitting cosily at home, tapping away. The reality, of course, is rather different – especially if you have children.
Q4 Any advice for fledgling authors?
You know that little nagging voice in your head that says ‘I can’t do this, I’m no good at it, who will want to read this stuff anyway’? Gag it. Believe in yourself. Thousands upon thousands of people have become successful authors. They are people, just like you. So why not you too?
Q5 What authors do you like and admire?
Tolkien, for creating such an amazing and memorable world in minute detail, including several different languages. Stephen King, for sheer determination after that horrible accident. And Jane Austen, just for giving us Mr Darcy.
Q6 What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?
Hang around in graveyards. OK, not really that often. Most of my time is spent with my youngest son, doing what 4-year-olds enjoy. I read a huge amount of non-fiction, particularly history, science and natural history. I watch lots of documentaries, and have an addiction to Time Team. I also walk a lot around my local nature reserve, potter in the garden, and cook.
Q7 What will you do if you become famous?
Live a comfortable, quiet life in an ancient country cottage. Take violin lessons, buy a horse. Keep writing. Most of all, be thankful.