The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Oh, backstory! I love backstories. My dad dropped out of college on Dec. 8, 1941 (the day after Pearl Harbor) and joined the Marines. He was in the 1st Marine Division, the one that landed on Guadalcanal. He became a paraplegic and met my mom, who was doing her student nurse's training in a Veteran's Hospital in Manhattan. They fell in love, got married, and moved to Los Angeles. They adopted me a few years later, the first child in LA County to be awarded to a disabled person. My dad was that special, and so was my mom, as you can imagine.
So, skipping forward to more fun stuff, I went to USC and graduated and met the man of my dreams and got married and had kids and homeschooled them and wrote books that eventually got published. Boring, compared to my parents, but you work with what you have!
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Sophia Dalby, the courtesan of my Courtesan Series, without a doubt. She's smart and witty and sexy and she always gets what she wants. Who wouldn't want to be her?
What's your favorite genre to read?
Romance in any of its forms and suspense
Who or what influences you when you write?
Research. The research is where all the ideas are born.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I check my email. I write. I start a load of laundry. I write. I run to the grocery store. I write. I check my email. I write. I check my blog. I write. I fold the laundry. I write. I wipe the kitchen counters. I write. You get the idea.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I've never really had writer's block. I do have books that give me more trouble than others (I hate those books with an everlasting hate), but it's never a block, it's more of a fistfight. So far, I've always won.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
For the foreseeable future I'm sticking with Sophia. This woman has so charmed me, so consumed me, that I may write the next 10 books with her at their center.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I just love research! I long ago gave up having a book budget; there are just too many fascinating books out there to hold myself back. I was recently in London at the Museum of London bookshop. I already own most of the titles they carried! I can't decide if that's impressive or pathetic. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Neither, I suppose. I do pay attention to deadlines and they don't bother me, but I mostly just keep writing every day. I've yet to say yes to a deadline I think would kill me to hit.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
My husband is the one who encouraged me to write in the first place, so all the blame lies with him. He has been my constant fan, my cheering section, since I contemplated writing the very first word. In the early days, when the kids were little and I'd been homeschooling them all day, he'd take over the minute he got home, even to making dinner and bringing it to me on a tray while I hovered over the computer. There just could not be a more perfect man. He's the man of my dreams and the perfect hero. Gorgeous, too, just to give you the full picture. What would you like to tell your readers?
Thank you for enjoying my books. That's all I want, is for people to enjoy the ride. There's so much to worry about in a day, I'd like to be able to provide just a little joy, even for just a few minutes. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The worst advice for me personally was to join a critique group. I never did, but it would definitely not have worked. I need complete solitude and privacy to write. No one reads a word until it's finished. The best advice came from my husband, naturally. During all the years of rejection, he kept telling me to just keep writing. It's still the best advice! Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I just start writing. I have very little idea of where the story is going and that little idea usually proves to be wrong anyway. The less I think about it, the faster the writing goes and the more cohesive the story. My husband, the snake, has pointed out to me more than once that thinking doesn't work for me. What was your first published work and when was it published?
My first book was published in 2000 and was a pirate book. The world needs a pirate book every now and then, doesn't it? What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I have a website: www.claudiadain.com and a blog: www.thegoddessblogs.com and check both multiple times a day (in between writing, naturally). I always answer fan mail, so please contact me, especially if Sophia gives you an enjoyable ride. Oh my, that sounded bawdy, didn't it?
Thank you for this opportunity!