Claire Fullerton is the author of “Dancing to an Irish Reel” (Contemporary fiction) and “A Portal in Time,” (Paranormal mystery), both from Vinspire Publishing. She is a 4 time, award winning essayist, a contributor to magazines (including “Celtic Life International” and “Southern Writers Magazine”) a former newspaper columnist, and a 5 time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire hails from Memphis, Tennessee and now lives in Malibu, California, with her husband and two German shepherds. She has recently completed her third novel, which is a Southern family saga set in Memphis.
What inspires you to write?
The love of a good story, which I tend to gather from real life. I like to write contemporary fiction that shows something about human nature and the predicaments people find themselves in unwittingly or otherwise. I like stories that have a point and a moral to them, so this is what I aim for when I write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I make sure that I have the beginning, middle and end clearly in mind before I start. I take notes of what I’d like my characters to say, with regard to how it can move the story along. I map out scenes and make sure I have a strong sense of place, then I begin to write in what seems to be a weaving process, because this is the way one crafts a book. I do my best throughout the first draft, but always know that once it is finished, I’ll be going over it repeatedly and making it better. I go over a manuscript and look at dialogue, continuity, setting and theme until I think everything is cohesive.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to the characters and do my best to keep their words as authentic and true to life as possible.
Who are your favorite authors?
Pat Conroy, Donna Tartt, and Ann Rivers Siddons. All are masters of language, masters of craft, and acclaimed Southern writers. They are the best authors out there today, in my humble opinion, and I learn so much from paying attention to how they write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wasn’t interested in self-publishing because I wanted to be aligned with someone who thought my work is worth getting behind. I knew so little about marketing and promotion, and my involvement with Vinspire Publishing taught me everything I now know.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’ll always be divided between those who publish traditionally and those who self-publish. I think they are two completely different experiences, and it just depends on what an author wants to do.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook