Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rock Star Tour: Author Interview

On tour with Prism Book Tours...
Welcome to my stop for
The Rock Star Tour
for What Goes on Tour by Claire Boston

What Goes on Tour
by Claire Boston
Adult Contemporary Romance
Ebook, 282 pages
February 11th 2014 by Momentum Moonlight

What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?

Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that's the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.

Until Libby Myles walks into his life.

Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer's niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it's the rock star that's the issue.

Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone's good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he's out of costume he's different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it's a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.

But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there's more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …

Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read her mother handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs.

Author Interview!

1) About how long did it take you to write this book?
I’m not exactly sure! It was probably about seven months before I had a manuscript I thought was good enough to submit to publishers and agents.

2) What is one of your favorite things about writing?
Getting lost in the world I have created and figuring out what happens next. I love it when a character comes to life so much that they start telling you what they’re going to do and if you try to make them do something they don’t want to, they refuse. Then you know you have to listen to them.

3) What sacrifices do you have make as an author?
Sleep! When I first started writing about 8 years ago, I didn’t have a writing routine so I would write whenever I had time which often meant on the weekends. I missed out on a number of outings because I knew if I was ever going to get the book finished I needed to prioritise it. These days my writing routine is to get up at 5.30 every morning to spend an hour writing before I go to work. Then I try and get a few hours done on the weekend and every second Friday is my rostered day off so I spend the whole day at the computer. I’ve had to give up some of my hobbies to make time to write.

4) What advice do you have for other authors?
I’m not sure I’ve had enough experience to give advice, but what I would say is find a routine that works for you. I’ve found that being really organised and structured works for me and that includes having designated writing times and setting myself weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly goals to ensure I hit my targets.

5) When did you know that you would be an author?
When I decided I wanted to be an author about 8 years ago, I didn’t quite realise how long it would take me. I was determined that I would be published but there were always days when I looked at the pile of manuscripts I’d written and thought, “Am I kidding myself?” Luckily I have some great friends who encouraged me and a very strong stubborn streak that got me through.

6) What is the hardest part about writing?
If the writing isn’t flowing, it can be like trying to pull blood out of a stone. I can sit at my laptop for hours and only write a few hundred words, all of which I think are rubbish. It’s especially difficult if I’ve set myself a word count target and there’s something else I’d rather be doing: going out with my husband, reading a book, - sometimes even washing the windows seems preferable to writing!

7) Which of your characters do you favorite and why?
That’s like asking a mother who their favourite child is! There are things I love about each of them but I guess if I had to choose, Adrian would be my favourite in What Goes on Tour. He was such an interesting character to get to know and I liked working through his issues with him.

8) Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts is my absolute favourite, must-buy author. Then I’ll read a whole range of authors and genres, especially if friends recommend someone.

9) Why do you write?
I have all of these stories floating around my head and I need to get them out, otherwise they keep going on at me. I really enjoy the whole process and one of the nice things is being able to take my laptop and sit out in the garden and type away under the trees with birds flitting past and my dogs sitting by me.

10) What is the hardest part about editing?
The constant rereading of the manuscript. I actually like the whole editing process but there are some days when I think I just can’t bear to read the story again. I get a bit sick of it all and that’s when I know I’m near the end. 

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  1. Thanks for the insight into your writing life, Claire. Your disciplined approach has certainly paid off. It's an excellent example for those of us who spend more time thinking about writing than actually doing it.

  2. I also want to thank Claire for allowing me to interview her! As an aspiring author, it is great to hear advice and know that I am not alone in my thoughts about the lovely editing process.

  3. That was a fabulous interview! I've tried to say that there times and it won't show up! Hehe

  4. What a fun interview! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. No problem! Thanks for coming to check it out.