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Author Interview: Clare Davidson

As I promised on Friday, today we have a special treat: an interview with U.K author and writer extraordinaire, Clare Davidson!

Clare has a new book out, Trinity, that I highly recommend you check out. I even wrote a review, if you’d like to know my opinion (spoiler: it got five stars).

But enough of my opinion, this is Clare’s interview, isn’t it?  So away we go.

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Thanks for joining us today, Clare. So, you’re a writer. When did you decide to take the plunge and call yourself one?

In an art lesson in high school, when my friends were mercilessly ribbing my dream of being published. I told them then I’d prove them all wrong and that when I did I’d dedicate my first book to them by writing “Gutted!”. Obviously I didn’t do that! I haven’t seen most of those friends since we parted ways for university. However it was their teasing that made me realise I really wanted to be a writer. I might not have advertised it much at that stage, but that’s what I then called myself.

I think some of those kids are eating a big helping of crow at the moment. Next question: what initially drew you to write fantasy?

It was the genre that I read the most. I remember my Dad reading me the ‘Chronicles of Prydain’ quintet as bed time stories. I guess I was just drawn to the genre. I liked how fantasy allowed your imagination to run free, but could still be used to explore real world issues and relationships.

Your novel, Trinity, has a unique premise: the protagonist is the living embodiment of a goddess. Where did you draw that idea?

In the past, I’ve often played with the idea of the gods being dependent on humans for their survival: if a god has no followers, then they have no power. I took that concept a step further in Trinity and asked myself what would happen if an immortal god was killed, would there be any way to save the god? In many ways, I wanted to show the strength of humanity itself and how that can surpass the strength of the gods they believe in.

What advice can you give to novelists who are preparing to self publish for the first time?

Don’t rush it. Make sure that your work is the best it can be at the time. If you can afford to, work with an editor, copyeditor and cover designer so that your work looks professional. If you can’t, utilise your friends and critique network to help you do the same thing. If your novel/short story looks professional, then people are more likely to buy it after reading the sample. Also, good luck! It’s hard work, but worth it for the creative control that you’re able to maintain.

Quick! Outline or Pantser?

Neither! Both?

If you had to pick one literary character to do your day job for a year, who would you choose and why?

Jean Brodie, because unlike me she gave her entire life to teaching and was depicted as an amazing and inspirational teacher.

What adventures await the heroes of Trinity? Do you have further novels planned?

‘Trinity’ was originally supposed to be a standalone novel. That said, early feedback is that people would like to know more. There’s certainly scope for both a sequel and a prequel, as there’s unanswered questions in both directions. While I’m editing my current project, I’ll be working out which direction gets the most votes! Do you have a preference, Nic? 😉

Me? Opinion? I couldn’t presu…oh, alright. You twisted my arm. I would like two more, please. I have a soft spot for trilogies. Ok, you have one paragraph to make your best sales pitch for Trinity. Go!

‘Trinity’ is a tense, emotional, fast paced fantasy novel. It follows the plight of a sheltered young girl, Kiana, and her companions, who choose to rebel against the status quo within two, warring societies. Above all, they strive to do what’s right, no matter what the consequences. Filled with excitement, danger and intrigue, ‘Trinity’ is a fresh epic fantasy for a young adult audience, but there’s plenty in there for everyone to enjoy.

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And there you have it, a bright new star in the field of YA Fantasy and you saw her here first! (Unless you happened to see Clare at her blog, in which case you, uh…saw her second? Third? I don’t know. Stop wasting time and GO BUY HER BOOK ALREADY!).

Thanks again for joining us today, Clare. Can’t wait to see more of your work in the future.

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About nicwidhalm (46 Articles)
Nic Widhalm is a writer based out of Northern, Colorado, specializing in urban fantasy, and supernatural horror. He is happily married, has two beautiful, feisty kids, and spends his free time singing and providing vocal percussion for the professional a cappella group, Curious Gage. Visit www.curiousgage.com for more information.

7 Comments on Author Interview: Clare Davidson

  1. Ruth Ellen Parlour // August 20, 2012 at 8:57 am // Reply

    I found the concept of gods being reliant on humans very interesting. It’s certainly a different twist on the relationship between gods and humans. I loved Trinity and wish Clare every success!

  2. Absolutely brilliant interview and a brilliant book, as well! I loved reading it and like you, I wouldn’t say “no” to a trilogy. 😉

  3. Okay. After reading three posts on the tour, I decided to give in. I just downloaded the Kindle edition using the link on your blog, Nic. I’m sure Clare thanks you. I’ll report in later in the tour to give my two cents on the book. Since my WIP is YA Fantasy, I think everything I read in that genre can only help me.

    • I think you’ll like it, Sharon. Make sure to let Clare know what you think. And thanks for reading the blog. 🙂

    • Thank you Sharon! Thank you Nic!

      • Kate You and you sis make a great team! Is everyone in your falmiy talented???I will be converted sooner or later to the Kindle or the Sony just biding my time. And I know when I get one and hubby sees it, he’ll have to have his own. Maybe that’s why I’m waiting. Hope to see you at the PASIC reception in March Janice Maynard

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