I had the chance to interview Clair Yezbak Fadden, author of the new release A Corner of Her Heart. When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, this Pennsylvania native is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first.
A Corner of Her Heart is her debut novel and I have links at the bottom of this post where you can find it AND a special announcement (ahem, GIVEAWAY) from the author herself.
First, get to know Claire and hear about her about the rhyme and reason behind her writing. Enjoy!
1. Where do you get the inspiration from for your writing? Like most writers, I draw my initial ideas from life happening all around – a news article in the paper might spark an idea for example. But when I sit down and begin putting words on paper, the characters tell me their story. I’m a
2. “A Corner of Her Heart” is your debut novel. What are the best 3 tips of advice you can give to any newbies out there who are getting started… words of wisdom you wish you knew? when
Second tip: I’ve finally embraced showing up every day and writing. (For years I denied this bit of genius, the same way I used to discount ‘eat
Lastly, but maybe most importantly, don’t be your own editor. I’m not referring to grammar, spelling, punctuation. I’m talking about letting the words appear on the page, letting the story out. Believe me, there will be tons of folks with their own opinion of what you should have done, could have done and need to change once you get your story finished. Often these kind critics have competing opinions. Stephen King
3. In this book, we get to know Monica, one of 3 sisters. From what I've read it looks like we’ll also get to meet Julie and Kate, her other sisters, too. Are these characters based on anyone you know? I suspect most authors would confess that each of their characters has a little bit of themselves inside, sprinkled with bits and pieces from people they know or have observed. The Begin Again series theme is abandonment, although each of these three sisters is abandoned in a different way. You can’t go through life without some sort of disappointment whether it’s being abandoned, losing a career or some other life-changing crisis. My series reveals women who overcome deep pain, embrace their lives and move forward to a better place. These are stories to fuel the strong woman inside each of us. My mother symbolized that spirit better than anyone I know. Perhaps there is a piece of her never-quit soul inside Monica,
4. Writers have a “process” - some like Scrivener, others use MSWord. Some need music, others need silence. Tell us what it looks like when you sit down and wake the muse for writing. My process is a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle and I only have about 100 pieces so far. Every day, month or year, another piece drops in my lap or is uncovered. So far, what seems to work (in addition to bum glue) is having a dedicated space where I can leave my notes, research and bits of paper splayed across my desk. The next day everything is waiting for me, seamlessly allowing
PS: To celebrate the release of A CORNER OF HER HEART, Claire is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
About the Giveaway: Win a $25 Amazon gift card! From October 14 – November 14, 2016, join my email mailing list and be eligible to win. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. I will email the lucky winner as well as announce the name on my blog, Woman@Heart - Giveaways page by November 15, 2016.
Enter here for your chance to win! Good luck!
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Want to buy A CORNER OF HER HEART?
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2cMhoFc
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/2cyFpzj
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/665603
Kobo – http://bit.ly/2cqgWuy