Today is a guest post from the lovely Claire Marta. I met Claire through social media, and will actually get to meet her at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2017 signing in Peterborough on Saturday October 7th!! That’s tomorrow!!! I’m SO excited right now!!
For now I’ll hand over to Claire, be sure to keep reading to find out about Claire’s books, places to find Claire and a giveaway too!! 🙂
A Day In The Life Of Claire
I know some readers wonder how an Author spends their day. What we get up to while everyone else is out at work. How we find the inspiration to weave our stories across the pages of our books to tell our tales of woe and joy. Maybe you wonder if it’s something glamorous? This is my typical day as a stay at home Mum and Author.
7.00am – Husband wakes us up. Reluctantly drag myself out of bed and get my daughter up who also doesn’t want to get up. Brain sluggish and not fully working but I am awake (yay go me!)
7.30am – Get my daughter dressed, feed her breakfast, gulp down my cup of tea while running around getting her bag ready for school. Tell my Husband to get dressed as he’s slacking. Brain is fully activated and characters have started to talk to me but I try to ignore them.
8.00am – Quickly check messages and answer the ones I find. A glance at Facebook and Instagram to see what’s going on that turn into 15 minutes of wasted time. Realise I am still in my pyjama’s dig out some clothes and hurriedly get dressed. Shout at my Husband who is also procrastinating to get his butt dressed to.
8.15am – Leave the house to take my daughter to Nursery with Husband in tow. Characters still talking to me and storyline ideas start to flow. Drop off Daughter, walk Husband to bus stop a hurried good bye then run all the way back to the house to write.
9.00am – Make a cup of tea, turn computer on. Check messages, check Facebook. Open current story and stare at the screen for ten whole minutes as my characters are now sulking and don’t want to come out to play. Make more tea while trying not to procrastinate. Finally regain the urge to write and dive into typing.
9.30am – Read through the small amount of inspiration I have come up with hoping it doesn’t suck. It’s good and my characters are happy. Skip ahead to the back of the book as I have an idea and I can never ever work in a straight line.
10.00am – Check messages. Check Facebook. Look back at current story and notice I have a beginning and end and not much else going on. Wonder what the hell the middle is going to be. Get up and make more tea. Get hijacked by the cat after I sit down and spend 10 minutes with him drooling all over me while he purrs sinking his claws into the soft parts of my body.
11.00am – Wonder what I can post in my readers group that everyone would like. Wonder if I should do another giveaway. Wonder if anyone reads my posts. Spend 20 mins looking at google pics to find something funny or vampire related to post in the group. Download a dozen pics I like knowing I will probably only use one or two.
11.30am – Make more tea. Check emails. Check reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Realise I should probably write some more. Open up a completely different story and start typing ideas for that instead of focusing on the current story I have. Go make a messy hurried sandwich for lunch as I am hungry and don’t want to waste time actually cooking something I might like better.
12.45am – Leave the house in a rush as I have fifteen minutes to go pick up my daughter as soon as my ideas start flowing properly. Curse my characters that they’ve taken this long to actually get somewhere and I am sure they are doing it to torture me.
15.00pm – Spending the afternoon with my daughter watching cartoons. The house looks like a bomb has hit it as she’s pulled out all her toys. Using ten minutes to write a few ideas down while she’s mesmerized by the tv which doesn’t last long.
17.00pm – Five minutes hiding in the bathroom checking my emails, Facebook and messages as my 4yr old tells me off if she finds me on my phone. Realise my minion is now becoming the Master. Feel proud of her yet at the same time frightened of what I have created. Get caught on my phone and then forced to spend the next thirty minutes playing tea party with a stuffed unicorn and a purple toy cat.
17.30pm – Make more tea while searching for something chocolatey or containing sugar. My characters are talking to me again I am not talking to them. Spend ten minutes trying to find a cartoon my daughter actually wants to watch. Wonder if I am to old to join the circus or get adopted by a rich billionaire.
18.00pm – My Husband messages he will be coming home soon. Resist the urge to send an SOS message back. Start picking up toys so it doesn’t look to bad when he gets home. Wonder what the hell I should make for dinner. Leave the decision up to my daughter. Text my Husband to bring back pizza as that’s what she’s asked for.
19.00pm – Husband rolls in with three pizzas.
20.00pm – Clear away what’s left of the devastation my daughter had left during the day. Start the process of getting her ready to bed which includes her dancing around listening to songs on youtube, trying to convince her to brush her teeth properly, five minutes of waiting for her to go to the loo, more time while she chooses what to wear to bed and what toys get to sleep with her.
20.30pm – Daughter decides she wants my Husband to put her to bed not me. Try to hide my evil glee. Listening to him telling her a story while I turn my laptop on. Talk to my beta readers. Post a pic in my group and reply to comments. Load up spotify and get my earphones out.
21.00pm – Open up current story. Read through what I wrote that morning and add a few things. Realise I need to make some more teaser pics. Post book stuff in book groups and promo groups while wondering if anyone will check them out.
10.00pm – Decide to torture my characters and go on a spree making the worse things that can happen to them happen. Enjoy all the blood, deceit and mayhem. Talk to a few people through chat. Feel exhausted but don’t want to go to bed yet as it’s to early.
11.00pm – Crawl into bed knowing before I know it my eyes will be open again and I will repeating everything from the start.
Thank you for giving us an insight to your daily life Claire. And thank you for agreeing to be apart of my rebrand and launch of my new blog. I am really looking forward to meeting you and hugging you tomorrow! 🙂
Now for Claire’s books and stalker links, keep reading for the giveaway too 🙂
Frostbite (Hunter Chronicles #1):
Jasmine Hunter is a rookie agent working for the covert Supernatural Department of Scotland Yard.
Being kidnapped with a co-worker is the last thing she’s expecting from only two months in a job she loves. She is even more unprepared for the sparks that fly between her and one of their captors, especially when her unique senses are screaming he isn’t human.
Eric is a vampire, deep undercover with centuries of secrets. He has no time for distractions, yet he can’t seem to get the feisty female out of his head, nor the hungering desires she evokes within him.
Forced to work together, they must stop the diabolical plans of Marcel Coupe – the French arms dealer responsible for her abduction. As time starts to run out can they save themselves and Paris from disaster? Or will the sizzling attraction between them be their downfall?
Dark Desires (Hunter Chronicles #2):
Jasmine Hunter finds herself knee deep in a decadent vampire nest in Prague. A killer lurks the medieval city and is preying on blood donors who frequent the home of the local Vampire Mistress.
With her teammates from Scotland Yard in tow Jasmine, must attempt to discover the murderer’s identity.
But will things go to plan? Sex dungeons, submissive human pets, and sexy dominant males are a lot for a rookie to cope with.
Especially when Eric is the last person she expects to see…
Requested to assist with the hunt for a vicious serial killer by an old friend, Eric is left speechless to find Jasmine offering herself up as food. The attraction between them is burning as red hot as before, and his lust for the feisty female is just as deep.
More disturbing, his emotions which he normally has leashed, once more slip in her presence. Yet this time they feel different. Darker, primal, and savage yet Eric cannot explain why. The insidious pull of the other predators around him is also more than a sweet temptation he finds himself unable to resist.
Combining forces, Jasmine and Eric must play the parts of Master and submissive.
But nothing is as it seems.
Can they work out who the killer is in a household full of deception and secrets before it is too late? Or will a price be paid in blood….
*** 18 & over only. Contains sexual scenes, light BDSM, sex and some violence. ***
Claimed By Magic (Hunter Chronicles #3):
Broken hearted from Eric’s betrayal in Prague, Jasmine turns to her best friend to get her mind off everything she has lost.
Twitch takes her on a wild adventure in an attempt to cheer her up, but unbeknownst to either of them, danger lurks within the shadows of the techno mage’s magical homeland.
An ancient evil is rising.
No one is safe.
No one can be trusted.
Lines are drawn.
The battle to survive begins.
*** Warning this book contains some violence, sexual scenes, magic and adventure. For an audience over 18. You should read Dark Desires before this book in the series. ***
The Serpents Kiss (Hunter Chronicles #4):
Jasmine Hunter’s addiction for the vampire bite is swallowing her whole. Left with no other choice; she seeks out the Master Vampire of London to ease her pain.
But Asier Serpico has his own agenda. Dark, lethal, and intoxicating; he offers sweet seduction and even more—pleasure. He wants to take her pain—and her body—from the one she loves.
Can Jasmine resist Asier while fighting to prevent the impending disaster of a new drug wreaking havoc on the city streets….
…or will London fall?
A native Brit, I live in Italy with my husband and daughter. When I am not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoy taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.
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