Hello to all!
This afternoon in campbellsworld, I’m pleased and privileged to have with me, author and publisher Claire Plaisted.
Claire and I have worked together in various ways for years, and I can’t imagine not having her in my life.
So, without further ado, I give you Claire!
First, in your own words tell us a little about you.
My name is Claire Plaisted. I am a British born Kiwi (New Zealander). I married my husband, Paul who is a Kiwi and we had four children, sadly losing our youngest daughter due to genetic conditions. Our surviving children are now adults. Our daughters living in England and our son in Wellington, New Zealand where he is studying Architecture.
I grew up in a small English town with two older siblings and my parents.
I am a family history researcher who makes reunion books. I fell into writing fiction in 2012 while waiting for information for a book (I never did receive it) The story was set in Regency England though not written in Regency English. From there I became a multi genre author writing anything the muses wanted to put on paper. Mature audiences with hot romance, down to children’s stories.
While publishing, I started to help others and well as growing my own learning curve. Today I own a Publishing Company where we offer Author Services to Independent Authors worldwide. We also produce Ghostly Rites Anthologies to help authors market their work and get their stories out there.
I also do voluntary work in various fields over the years giving we a wide life experience. At this time with a pandemic on, even here in New Zealand, voluntary work is a bit stop and start. Here is hoping for a brighter future and no pandemic.
Where do you live?
I live in Palmerston North, New Zealand. A large city built on drained swamp land which sometimes still floods. We are surrounded by hill, wind turbines on one side and the beach is about 45 minutes away. It is also on a main earthquake fault line. I must admit to prefer living in Rotorua which is full of lakes and is a main tourist attraction. It is stunning and the town sits in a caldera which is still active.
Who are the special people in your life?
My husband and children will always be the most important people in my life
I have a few special adopted sisters out in the world who I love. You know who you are, ladies and I thank you all for being there for me. Tina, Zillah, Susan, Debbie, Carole (Family history researchers) Cynthia in the US, Patty (yoohoo…lol) Mara my adorable little sis and illustrator, Pam who was my first beta reader. In New Zealand – Joanne, Karen, Sarah, Mal, Harley. You are all amazing and though I’ve not met some of you, I thank you for your support over the years.
Do you have any pets?
I have had many pets over the years, though mainly cats. We recently adopted a cat at 13 months old. He is called Nero and is a funny, nutty cat who loves tummy rubs. I write stories about him on my Author blog. www.claireplaisted.wordpress.com
What keeps you going? I mean, like what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?
I have several people who keep me moving. Patty…you are one of them. Also, Pamela, Mara and Carole. As an author it is the muses who inspire, they have stories to write and some to be published. I’m still trying to work out where my stories come from. I now have over 30 stories published in various forms, be them ebook, anthologies or print. Some are series, some novellas and I have over a hundred on my computer in draft.
What is your favorite song?
I don’t have a favourite song. I enjoy listening to most music as long as it isn’t RAP or Hip Hop…shudder.
What is your favorite movie?
I love fantasy, so I suppose I’d have to say Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, all of which were filmed here in New Zealand. I also love the music which goes with it.
What is your favorite book?
‘The Narnia Chronicles’ by C S Lewis and ‘The Valley of Son’ by Elizabeth Goudge.
What is your favorite food?
Lasagna…call me Garffy or Garfield
What is your favorite quote?
‘Time waits for no man’
What is your favorite affirmation?
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Negative and mean-spirited people, and those who use you. I especially dislike bullies
What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?
My best strengths as an author are my muses, they rarely stop writing and can be annoying. I also love interior book design also known as formatting. Not sure on my strengths in writing because I’ve never planned or plotted a book, they just flow from my finger tips onto the keyboard.
I know I am kind hearted and I love to help others.
What are your weaknesses, and how are you making them stronger?
My weakness way back in 2012 was English as Fiction and how it works today compared to when I was at School. There was much I didn’t understand and some I still don’t. Today’s English you have all types of complicated words which when described I’m like ‘Why didn’t you say that in the first place’ All my stories are in simple English. My editing was shocking.
As my learning curve grew and still grows, my editing has improved with using various apps and though you can’t rely on them, they have helped me a lot. I loved StyleWriter which taught me about glue words (the first 200 words we learn at school. Pro Writing Aid, Hemmingway, Grammarly etc. I also read my books after a break and read them in book view which helps pick up errors.
One weakness is graphic design, however I’m lucky to have Mara to help me. She is amazingly wonderful. I’ve known this young woman for three years and like me, her learning has grown and extended in leaps and bounds.
What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?
I had always wanted to be a Computer Tech from way back when Computers first arrived on our lives. Sadly, my parents wouldn’t let me take Computer Studies because apparently they were a FAD…I’ve regretted it ever since.
My dream these days is to own a bookstore to sell independently published books and to have an attached coffee shop. I’d also like a small publishing office.
What is your preferred way of communicating, and how can someone reach you if they wish to buy from or work with you in some way?
My preferred communication is via, Facebook messenger, social media or email, due to being about 70% deaf.
Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself, or your work that I’ve not asked?
I have recently released two novella’s in my Forever Mine Series along with a full colour children’s book called Stitches Learns a Lesson.
Here are their covers.
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And you can see more at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-plaisted-6054816a/