Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. Claudia is currently working on Standing By, the second book in the Knight series.
What inspires you to write?
My surroundings, the news and music. Is it crazy to say 20/20? They have the most contemporary, extremely terrifying issues that my husband and I like to watch. Those articles riled me up into thinking what will happen to the victims families.
Tell us about your writing process.
Seat of the pants writer…until I stop to read what I’ve written and shake my head. I call that ground zero. Once it’s about thirty thousand words I go back to organize―take notes―rework my characters traits including personality and subsequently erase some chapters. That’s when I use what I like to call my handy notebook. A small blue binder filled with regular paper and neon color post-its. It contains dividers—per book—and you’ll find inside character descriptions, scenes and how I want the story to continue and end.
What advice would you give other writers?
Practice, never give up, edit, find a great editor—they are out there to help—and be yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose the self-publish route…why? I like to be in control, and after reading blogs, articles and consulting with different authors. I realized the self-publish route might work for me at least at the beginning. I’m responsible for the MS from beginning to end, the cover, the editing, the deadlines and so on. Today, I can say that I have a great team backing me up. My editor Karen Crain. Damon & his brilliant team at Damonza, they are responsible for the beautiful covers and formatting my MS; and many more supporters who bring their best game to the table.
New authors…I think they need to ask what they are willing to do. It’s not a matter of if they could, I can. It’s more about what can I do for myself and which will be better on the long run.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
So many directions…extremely digital. As for self-published, versus traditional. I believe the publishing houses are still going to have some level of autonomy. There’ll always be authors that want to go traditional and some that prefer the second route. I’m hopeful they’ll be a nice balance between the two.
What genres do you write?
new adult, contemporary, romance.
What formats are your books in?
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