My Begin Again series falls under the Women’s Fiction/Christian banner. I’m not sure if I chose the genre or the genre picked me. I’ve always been intrigued by women who overcome insurmountable challenges and still manage to get the laundry done and lunches packed. Women’s fiction offers writers and readers a wide swath of experiences. The genre was the perfect spot for me to share Monica Morgan, Julie Rafferty and Kate Wiley’s stories. These three sisters rely on faith, inner strength and family commitment from Bridget, their single mother, to overcome.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
My answer is probably the one you’d receive from many novelists -- finding the time and discipline to write every day. I know every writer struggles to keep their butt in the chair, and fights to let the story flow. Being a former magazine editor, my inner editor seems to work overtime.
When and where do you do your writing?
I’m lucky to have a dedicated space in the guest room of our home. It’s fabulous to leave my notes, research and bits of paper splayed across my desk. They wait to greet me the next day, seamlessly letting me pick up the story where I left off. My plan is to write every day at the same time each morning, before the demands of the day seep under my office/extra bedroom door. Like my dieting goals, I don’t always meet them, but still I try.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
I’m just scratching the surface of book promotion, following the marketing road map my amazing publisher has outlined and embracing any side trips I may discover along the way. I have two life mottoes: The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. My other is – It’s the Journey. I’m definitely enjoying this journey, watching my dream unfold without expecting any particular outcome.
What are you most proud of as a writer?
Actually finishing a book – beginning, middle and end!
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
My first choice would be Erma Bombeck. I’d love to chat about the difficulties of writing humor (it’s hard to be funny), and of course, discover her favorite household tip. Also, I’d love to have dinner with Erle Stanley Gardner and pick his brain about where the ideas for some 150 “Perry Mason” mysteries appeared.
About the Author
When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first.
There's a special spot in Claire's heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from her.
Claire cheers on the San Diego State Aztecs, her alma mater, and she is a Black & Gold fan -- Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The mother of three, she lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl.
Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia. A Corner of Her Heart is her debut novel.
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