23 & 24 August 2018

 

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – CLAIRE HIGHTON-STEVENSON

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Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Claire Highton-Stevenson

Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Claire’s books:
Claire Highton-Stevenson is a new author on the lesfic block, with her first novel being released in August 2017, and the second following in November 2017. She writes romance with a very accomplished voice. Whilst the premise of each of her stories is not necessarily a surprise, you find that Claire has an exceptional ability at creating wonderful atmosphere and characters that are caricatures of themselves. She puts such an edge to your feelings that the atmosphere in some scenes is so emotionally charged you will feel your heart beating. I am waiting anxiously for the third book!

 

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Claire has signed copies of Out, Next and The Promise  to #giveaway to three lucky winners, based in the UK or EU.

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We spoke to Claire about her latest book and her writing plans for the year.
 

(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book. 

My last book was Next: A Cam Thomas Story. It’s a sequel and I have a little theme running through them, in that the last word of the book is the title to the follow up! OUT: A Cam Thomas Story, ends with the word Next. And Next ends with the word, Yes…. And Yes, will end with… Haha, I am not sure I can give that away just yet!

 

(b) What got you into writing? 

On the last day of 2013, I broke my leg. A compound fracture to the fibula and I was off work for six months initially. For the first six weeks I was non-weight bearing too, so I had a lot of sitting around. My job at the time involved a lot of sitting around in traffic and I think my mind used to wander… a lot! While I was off work, I started jotting down an idea I’d been thinking about that had started off as a ‘what if’, what if I won the lottery!

Over time, my imagination decided I was never going to be lucky enough, so it invented a character that would be… Et voila, Cam Thomas.

 

(c)  Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?

100% Pantser! I figure I must have an over active imagination, because I can whack out a first draft pretty quickly once an idea settles. It’s the building and shaping it that takes the time. An idea will come to me and I’ll just sit with it for a while, mulling it over, adding bits to it. Then once I’ve got a good idea in my head about where to take it, I start writing. And it can begin anywhere, sometimes I start with the end, or one particular scene and see where it leads.

 

 

(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently? 

I think we all have regrets in life, some we learn from. Some we try and forget. Would I do anything differently? Most probably I wouldn’t have gone out with…. But, in general, no. I have enjoyed pretty much every job I’ve had. I made friends, had experiences. I might have travelled more, that would’ve been nice, but I don’t think I could write now without all of the ups and downs life threw at me.

I had to give up my last job, with an ankle and lower leg held together with pins and plates, driving long distances every day became too much. (I was a rapid response driver for the National Blood Service for 16 years) Now, I am very lucky that I have a super supportive wife who generously allows me to stay at home and work from an office at the bottom of the garden. (and lunch regularly with my friends)

 

(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?

Gosh, I have so much planned! Anytime now I will be publishing my third book, it’s a stand alone called The Promise. It’s a bit of a weepy romance, but it has a happy ever after. I am not sure I’ll ever write a book that doesn’t!

It deals with a subject close to my heart, Cancer. I lost my dad to it and have had several friends lives affected by it, as I imagine have a lot of people. Life throws us curveballs, horrible things that we have to deal with and I wanted to see if I could write that journey.

I’ve also just finished writing a mystery romance, something I challenged myself over the winter. It’s a genre I love, but never really believed I could write… we shall see!

I also have several other stories that are in need of some editing, tales I wrote over the last few years before I even considered publishing. Some of those will be updated and published at some point. Oh, and I just wrote my first ever fanfic! Rizzoli & Isles… it breaks up the time between projects! haha

 


VALDEN’s  TOP PICKS

 

Out by Claire Highton-Stevenson Lesbian Fiction Romance Author


The story starts with Camryn Thomas finding that her life has fallen apart, she very quickly hits rock bottom and finds herself just existing. But, life is full of surprises, and she slowly manages to regain her footing. She has a mantra that she will not fall in love because she is very wary of life repeating itself. She eventually meets Michelle Hamilton, and both Cam and Michelle have to deal with their individual issues for their relationship to have a chance. The rest is just spoilery! There are some delightful supporting characters, I loved Erin, the bar manager. However, the award must go to Maria the chief cook, bottlewasher, cleaner and all round honorary mum.

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This story follows on from OUT, and I am thus going to be very careful about what I say here. Michelle is still in the closet, and she and Cam have got to work out what they are going to do about it. In addition, not everyone is happy with Cam and Michelle being together and there are a number of situations that test them both. At least one will make you put the book down for a moment! This is a well-written sequel to OUT and has the same beautifully drawn supporting characters including a bigger part for Janice the agent.

 

The Promise is out March 2018. Find out more about Claire’s books on her website, and on Amazon: viewAuthor.at/ClaireHightoStevenso