About Claudia Klein:
Claudia Klein began writing as soon as she could spell. She started her first fantasy novel in high school soon after studying Tolkien in British Literature class. Though she didn't study writing in college she founded a writing club for women at her university. She decided to pursue a career in writing fiction when a friend introduced her to Indie publishing in 2017. She is a military wife who stays at home with her 2 year old daughter while enjoying her writing career.
What inspires you to write?
I was definitely inspired by Tolkien and C S Lewis. And continue to be inspired by modern fantasy and dystopian authors.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Tolkien, C S Lewis, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a panster. Every time I've tried to outline a book before writing I end up abandoning the project a few weeks in. I start out with an idea for a good character. Then I invent the world that he/she lives in. I always have an idea of the beginning and the end, and I discover the middle as I write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes. I'll occasionally have this really great idea when I'm sleeping and I wake myself up and write it down because I know I'll forget it if I wait till the morning.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write the first draft as quickly as possible. Don't take longer than 6 months to write that first draft. And don't give up on a book. Even if you write a scene and think it's super dumb don't re-read it or delete it. Just keep writing those ideas in your head until the book is finished.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn't know anything about the Indie world till 3 years ago. Then a friend told me about KDP and I immediately snatched that idea up as my number 1 option. Because I'd had several books written already and I was trying to figure out how to publish them quickly. I'd been rejected by traditional agents and knew that I could make this Indie thing work and I could publish at my own pace this way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks is where it's going. Indie's are definitely becoming more popular too.
What genres do you write?: High fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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