Claire Petretti Marti is a writer, a four year breast cancer survivor, the creator of the Yoga for Cancer Recovery DVD, the co-creator and Chairperson for Yoga for Hope San Diego in conjunction with City of Hope, and was a finalist in San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year 2011 for her work with yoga and cancer.
Claire graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and French. She then earned her law degree at the University of San Diego, but chose to forego a legal career to pursue her passion for helping others through yoga and wellness coaching.
She has published numerous magazine articles on yoga, health, and animal-related issues. She is a sought-after speaker on the power of yoga and meditation for cancer survivors. She works with various cancer charities, including City of Hope, Keep-a-Breast Foundation, Young Survival Coalition, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.
Claire’s Yoga for Cancer Recovery DVD is available on Amazon and featured internationally on Gaiam TV. She has shared her story on various television and news stories both locally and nationally. She now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two cats. Learn more on her website: www.oceansoulyoga.com.
What inspires you to write?
Writing has always been one of my favorite forms of expression. I was an avid reader as a child and began writing stories in elementary school. Despite being very extroverted and social, I have a quiet observer side. I notice everything. Expressing my emotions through the written word helps me share my impressions of the world. I’ve published my memoir and am currently writing a novel. I’m enjoying creating characters that will leave a lasting impression on my readers. I want to create a world where readers can lose themselves for a few hours.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do a very broad and basic outline. I’ve got character sketches and a family tree for my main characters. Once I actually start writing, I’ve got an idea of where I’m going in the chapter, but allow the words to flow freely.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is a discipline. Don’t wait for inspiration. Sit down in your writing space and don’t get up until you’ve put words on paper. Even if they are terrible and will be tossed out, the habit is formed and soon the “Inspired words” will show up. Hopefully.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My book is a memoir. After querying about 70 agents and small publishers, I learned that unless you are a celebrity or have slept with one, you probably won’t get an agent. I began to research self-publishing and am thrilled with the results.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there is a place for both publishing houses and for self-published authors. I hope to do both, depending upon the type or book I publish next.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Memoir, romance, chick-lit, literary fiction, historical fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print