Claire Plaisted is a multi-talented author from New Zealand, who has written several books in different genres and for totally different audiences. Just looking at a list of the titles can tell you a lot -- Garrett Investigation Bureau – Malachy’s Unit, Rosetta’s Lot, Joseph’s Story, Ryan’s Madam. And still to be published -- Mascosta’s Dreamgirl & Renegade Jones. Other titles. - Zoe’s Journey, Charlie Girls First Summer Christmas, The Diary of a Psychotic Killer.
Historical Romance Mystery, Mystery Romance, Sci Fi Young Adult, Children’s. I haven’t settled into any one Genre, and probably never will.
I’ve always wondered what to call myself! My fingers do the talking. I open a word document and write whatever is there.
I sometimes chuck ideas around with friends if I get a bit stuck. I have never really plotted anything,
I did try this once at a suggestion of another friend who is also a writer, it didn’t really work for me. These days when I write a book draft I sometimes open Notepad to write their names down and what they look like.
Is it more powerful? No I don’t believe it is. Some people enjoy reading a book as if they are doing the deed; others enjoy reading a book as if they are watching a movie. I do have one draft where one character is in first person and all the others are in third. It can get complicated, though it’s been fun to do.
In many books I read I must admit to getting bored from all the descriptive writing. I like to read a book which has twists and turn, lots of dialogue. Entertaining, taking you out of your own life and into another world. As a writer I want you to see what is happening. My readers wanted sex scenes, so I gave them what they wanted. Going back even fifteen years and those types of scenes were not acceptable. The English language has also change a lot over the years, especially with the different types of English used in different countries.
“Girlie and the War of the Wasps.” This is a young children’s story which I wrote for a friend’s grandchild. Since then I have had young beta readers who have been enthralled with it.
Girlie is a bright blue Ladybug who sees her best friend Grassi the Grasshopper kidnapped by nasty wasps. Girlie follows them to their hive where she finds all different types of insects been used as slaves to look after the Queens and her babies. Girlie has to find a way to save all the insects and stop the war. She goes on a quest to find a healthy diet for the Queen so her worker and drone wasps behave and do their own work. Along the way she meets Sammie the kitten, Pedi the Centipede and many more. She even drops in at an orphanage where there are many different coloured ladybugs. (The book cover below is a concept drawing and as you can see, it hadn't been completed yet.)
Yes. With writing all different types of genres, my market is quite wide. My children’s books have been well accepted by 6 – 10 year olds so far. Parents saying to me “They won’t put it down, it’s amazing.” One parents has a daughter who dislikes reading, I gave her a copy of my book “Zoe’s Journey,” her daughter read two chapters every night, and loved it. ‘Zoe’s Journey’ is about myths and legends, strangely enough, the young girl’s class at school had studied this topic a few months prior.
My adult books are suitable for anyone who wishes to read about murder, mystery and mayhem. Suitable for anyone over 18 years.
Well you can certainly get steamy love scenes in my adult books. The first time I was so embarrassed, it took a while to pick up the courage to self-publish one of the books. I can however, write without steamy sex scenes as well. Yes my books met the expectations of those who have read them so far. All I get is – “I want more!” Though I think that is more to do with the twisted plot rather than the sex scenes.
For my first little children’s book, which I hope to publish by Christmas, I have done my own drawings and with the help of a local Artist enhanced them, at present he is doing the colouring. I met him at a networking meeting for local businesses. Another idea I have looked at is helping art students at the local college and schools to build their portfolios, helping to build their experience.
The only books which will have messages in them are my little children’s books. The first story called “Girlie and the War of the Wasps, is about eating healthy and playing nicely with others. The second in the series is about biting and kicking and how unkind it is. They are both adventure stories in the garden world of insects.
Out of all my characters I would like to meet Yuri. I have no idea why, he is a good man caring for his boss and his staff. I’d like to hug him and thank him for all his hard work. What he would say to me? I’m not sure he would, I thinks he’d just smile and salute with a twinkle in his eye.
With my very first book, I did try and find an agent and get it published the old fashioned way, without any progress. It taught me a lot about setting my work out; it didn’t help with my English or Grammar due to the fact they give no feedback whatsoever. They never tell you why your book is not acceptable. Since that time I have taught myself how to format books for eBook and Print versions. It has been a hard road though enjoyable. I no help other local authors get their books online.
I mainly use social media, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Smashwords. I will be adding a few more sites as I gather experience. I also have a Writers Website, Blog and a Business Website. On a local base I contact the local reporter and ask if they are interested. I have participated in one article this year though my name has been in four articles with various clients.
Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t write. Find someone who will help you perfect your writing, use a program like “StyleWriter” to help with grammar and sentence length. I have seen some great stories, though they needed a lot of work to get them publishable. Be it the flow or grammar. YOU CAN WRITE. Get positive feedback and feed forward. I dislike negativity it is not needed. Read “On Writing” by Stephen King. It is great. It certainly helped me a lot.
I have several projects on the go at any one time. I don’t concentrate on any one story unless I am in the mood to do so. My fingers do the talking. I have around 20 drafts on the go. My aim though is to finish my little children’s book, “Girlie and the War of the Wasps,” and publish my next book in “Garrett Investigation Bureau” (GIB) series, called “Mascosta’s Dreamgirl.” Hopefully by Christmas time.
I write a good book, with a good storyline; they tend to twist and turn when you least expect it. They finish with a reader usually wanting more. I’m good at keeping people on the edge of their seats. This is with my adult book series (GIB) They are interesting to read, you can learn a few things from each book even though they are fiction I try and get my facts right. They are entertaining, romantic and in some cases horrifying. They are also well priced in print and eBook versions.
They kind of sound like mine. Perhaps readers who like my books would also like yours, and vice-versa. Thank you so much again for this wonderfully entertaining interview. I hope readers will go to your sites and check out your books.