A friend of mine gave me a Clara Winter book at book club and I knew I had to get her to answer my 10 Nosy Questions! Thank goodness she answered my email!
10 Nosy Questions
Describe your life in a nutshell.
Before anything else, I’ve been married to the most amazing guy for 20 years and we have a crazy, wonderful 14-year-old boy. We also have two crazy, wonderful Siberian Huskies, of which we’ve had six. I can’t imagine life without a husky.
Before I committed to writing full time, I was a school counselor in Colorado. I enjoyed my profession, but always wanted to write. When we moved from Colorado Springs to Southern California, three years ago, I jumped at the chance to completely change things up and work toward my dream.
What book do you recommend to everyone – even people who don’t ask?
Wuthering Heights and Atlas Shrugged are my two favorite books. I also recommend everything by Anne Rice as often as possible.
Which of your quirks have you written into a character?
I would say all my characters have a trait or two in common with their author, but in particular, Millicent is the most like me. She’s a quiet, loyal book nerd who loves her designer heels.
Have you written someone who was rude into a book so you could get eternal payback?
I haven’t! I would never immortalize someone who was rude.
Which book boyfriend would you run away with?
Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights for sure. He’s dark and angsty. What’s more intensely romantic than someone throwing themselves on your corpse and begging you to haunt them forever? Or is it just me?
Have you ever taken a book-cation?
Yes! New Orleans. The very first time I went was solely for the purpose of visiting the haunts of Lestat, Louis, and Claudia. Of course, there was also Anne Rice’s house in the Garden District when she lived in at the time. I was only 18, so the trip was pure magic.
What fandom do you geek out over?
So many, I’m such a nerd. I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek, not to mention Buck Rogers and Battlestar Gallactica. Buck Rogers and Luke Skywalker were my first crushes. My dad is a big Tolkien fan, so those books were also a big part of my childhood and something I still adore, and I’m a Potterhead. I will always watch Star Trek TNG every time I come across it.
Does anyone in your family read your books? If they do can they look you in the eye at Thanksgiving?
Pretty much everyone in my family reads my books. While there are a few steamy scenes per book, I wouldn’t call them erotica. So, yes, they can all look me in the eye.
How many more stories are rattling around in your brain trying to get out?
I always have a few story ideas, but I have to focus on one at a time or things get muddled.
What did you have the most fun within your last novel?
The last book in my series, which releases next month, brought all my characters together. It was so much fun to have them all in one place.
Tease Us With Your Newest Book
Released on November 20, 2019
An impossible attraction. An apocalyptic threat.
After vanquishing a Celtic death demon, Selene should be kicking back and enjoying some free time. However, her life is anything but relaxed. She must travel to Romania, the last place she’d ever thought she’d be, facing another demon threat. Just another day at the office for the daughter of Cleopatra.
The situation soon escalates. The simple problem Selene thought she was facing, becomes intense — FAST. The dilemma is much greater than she initially feared. Throw in a sexy witch she doesn’t want to be attracted to, and her life really gets complicated.
Overconfidence leads Selene to make a mistake which could cost everything. Can she unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Or will her latest nemesis be the death of her and those she love?
Goddess of the Moon is the fourth book of the Immortal Kindred Series and is set primarily in Brasov, Romania.