Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Claire: The Lost Fae by Aithne Jarretta: Interview

Journey step by magical step as Claire carries you into this earthly in-between realm. Meet Claire's new friends (including Leeson, the love of her life) and challenge the darkest forces of Hades.
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CLAIRE: THE LOST FAE will carry you through perilous dreams and danger invoked by legions of wicked daemons.

Perhaps you'll stick around and eventually soar over the San Francisco Bay rainbow.

One thing for sure, you'll wish you had never met a nasty hound from Hades, tangled with a wicked scarecrow or discovered the River Styx is real.

However, the chance to grow magically with Claire as she overcomes wicked challenges will win you over with appealing enchantment.

The window of opportunity is here—just a WhisperNet click away. Come in. Journey step by magical step as Claire carries you into this earthly in-between realm. Meet Claire's new friends (including Leeson, the love of her life) and challenge the darkest forces of Hades.

Novella - Word Count: 37,782

Thank you, Laurie for opening your blog today so that I may visit. I enjoyed answering each interview question.
Thank you for being here today and taking time out to tell us a little about yourself. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
The idea of natural word flow never occurred to me. When I was younger, I would stare at a piece of white paper and my mind simply didn’t transfer words through my hands to the paper.
Then one day I sat on the couch with my laptop. I knew I wanted to write a story, but thought it needed to be outlined. Without notes and using only the words that came to mind, I started typing. Once the process began, the words flowed easily. That’s still true today.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Some folk would consider me a panster. I prefer to say I’m ‘flying in the mist.’
It’s a saying I heard about six years ago and enjoy it because ‘the mist’ fits much better with the magical worlds I create. Besides, I have a thing for flying. lol
What books have most influenced your life?
Although I love romance, I openly admit that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series influenced my writing more than any other. I appreciate that her work reintroduced magic into the world by bringing it out of the closet. I remember how amazing it was that people of all ages read her stories.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
No, I don’t use a set formula. For example, in Claire: the lost Fae, I knew the basic elements of the story. Claire was orphaned, raised in a convent, but had many bad experiences with foster care.
Those unhappy experiences shaped her thoughts and beliefs about magic so that by the time readers meet her, she is already set in her ways. She must come to terms with her magic and change if she is to survive.
From the first point of realization when she has a magical revelation about her family, character Claire stepped in and developed her story. It was fun to release the words to her because she introduced me to Leeson in ways I would have never brought him into existence.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
The idea of writing a series fascinates me. That’s why I already have a connection between two of my published works; Concentric Circles and Claire: the Lost Fae.
The connection is through the magical fae/witch family bloodline. In my mind, I see a family tree painted on the wall and each branch has a person with a story to tell.
Although Concentric Circles was the first published story, it isn’t the beginning of this legacy. Shayla and Meekal come together and discover their lives are intertwined with the call of both love and duty.
Claire: the Lost Fae is flipped. ;) By that, I mean that Claire is Shayla’s mother. She is introduced in Concentric Circles, but essentially is a bit of an enigma because I don’t really share much of her story within those pages.
That mural on the wall has many possible stories and they can be told from different perspectives. In today’s publishing world those stories don’t necessarily have to be novels.
Claire: the Lost Fae is magically action packed and tells a potent love story in the shape and size of a novella. It was never meant to be a full length novel. (I’m enjoying this challenge of tightening my prose while packing more into the story. ;)
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Frankly, I didn’t make the serious realization that I wanted to be writer until I was almost finished with Concentric Circles. While writing that story, my main focus was to finish. I didn’t think about whether I ‘wanted to be a writer.’
Then one night, sitting in a Florida writer’s group, a published author shared something that another author had told her while she was going through the rocky road of publishing.
She said, “Writers write. It doesn’t matter if you are published. If you write, you are a writer.”
I remember that night because for the first time I realized I wanted to write. I felt it in my step and the lift of my shoulders.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?
Absolutely. ;) I type that word and I really do smile. I admit to being a name hound. I seek out names in the oddest places, form some of them from words not meant to be names and transpose them to suit my needs.
Even the minor characters receive this attention.
That’s my contribution. But, here’s a sweet secret…
The more I delve into the life stories of my characters, the more they reveal. So sometimes, they tell me the name of other characters.
That’s how Leeson came into Claire’s world. She named him and gave him a mysterious origin.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
Lol! Excellent question. I believe each author is different, but for me, I find that a calming walk along the gulf can bring balance back into my day. Walking can also help work through some story elements if I’m temporarily stuck. I also like listening to music (classic rock). Sometimes I watch my favorite TV shows.  
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
If I won the lottery, I would help in places where unexpected disaster has struck. Here is one place I would begin by helping to build a new school. It’s sad that those kids faced such danger and have lost their school.
Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?  If so, can you share it?
From Claire: the lost Fae:
An unexpected urge rose in Claire. She touched Leeson’s arm and eased ruffled male emotions with gentle magic. "You said I have Insight. Do you believe that?"
He caressed the inside of her wrist with a feather soft touch, and then took her hand. Their fingers entwined intimately while he gazed into her heart and soul.
Gentle strength emanated in his tender expression.
That was how she saw him; a fiercely protective warrior, and a man not quite ready to admit the sensations journeying though their joined hands.
She placed her other hand over his heart. "Do you believe?" she asked while his breathing and pulse increased.
"Yes," he murmured.
Do you have a Website or Blog?

Yes, I do! http://aithnejarretta.com

Thank you for having me on your blog today. Please accept my giveaway today. Concentric Circles is FREE on Amazon. Please note: this offer is for April 4, 2012—one day only. Here’s the link:
Peace & Love be with You always.
Aithne Jarretta

Aithne Jarretta lives in Clearwater, Florida, United States
Once upon a time Aithne Jarretta tripped upon a ley line. Actually it had happened before, but she didn't realize the ramifications until later.

She brushed the incident aside and climbed into her car. Real life was the important factor at the moment. However, those RL moments wove into meeting new friends--the kind most people never see and definitely don't chat much about. Those friends came with persistent voices.
Eventually Aithne brought them out of the closet and politely called them Muses. They became her virtual traveling companions and still journey with her today. Author: Concentric Circles, Wyndy: In a Heartbeat, Kissing Santa, Claire: the Lost Fae and Flash Fiction: Flashpoint & The Match Maker.

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Aithne said...

Laurie, I wanted to post here and say "Thank You!" for the beautiful image you created for this post. You are amazing. Bless you. ;)

~ Aithne

Laurie said...

You're very welcome. It was a lot of fun to do! :)