Julie: Welcome, Clare. Tell us about yourself! Where are you from?
Clare: Hi Julie, and thanks for inviting me. I love reading the author interviews and now I have the chance to do one myself! I’m Clare London, and that’s where I live – London, England. I write male/male erotic romance for a variety of publishers, but I also have a full-time job and a busy family with husband and two growing sons. No pets, unless you count my goldfish – that’s all I can cope with!
Julie: I was just admiring the cover of your book, 72 Hours. Will you tell us more about that story and what inspired it?
Clare: Isn’t it a fabulous cover? The artist is Anne Cain. It’s a tense suspense thriller in the spirit of the program ’24’. Tanner Mackay was a member of a special intelligence network, but after a mission went horribly wrong, he left the Team and now he’s hiding out in a run-down trailer park. Then one day his ex-boss Judith arrives with some of his colleagues – including Niall Sutherland. Niall had been Tanner’s lover but they broke up very acrimoniously at the same time as Tanner left the Team. Now Judith wants Tanner to hide Niall for a few days while they investigate a new threat against the Team – and Tanner can’t think of anything more painful than having the man he loved fiercely but lost, living 24-7 with him!
The story travels forward over 72 claustrophobic hours, with both men being stalked by a violent enemy and trying to solve the mystery of who it might be. During this time, Tanner revisits his history with Niall, remembering how their affair was intense and sexually explosive, but they never allowed themselves to get to know each other properly. And maybe now that Niall is thrown back into close proximity with Tanner, he’ll also take the chance to rethink their relationship. That’s if they both live long enough to find out if they have a future!
At the end of this tense and threatening time, will they rekindle their animosity – or their love?
Julie: How long did it take you to write 72 Hours?
Clare: The initial story is one I wrote a couple of years ago, so it was a pleasure to revisit it. I knew the story was planned out to the end and the heroes were familiar to me. But it needed a lot of work to improve the style and to create even better characters. I suppose it took me around 6 months to have it ready for submission to Dreamspinner.
Julie: When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it? Do you read your own reviews?
Clare: I’m always nervous! LOL. I’m really happy and eager to share my new story with the readers, but there’s always a concern that they won’t like it, or that they’ll find it wanting. But all I can do is write books that I’d like to read, and hope others agree with me. I do look for reviews – I think most authors do! – but I try to take them in the right spirit. They’re for the benefit of readers, rather than the author, and they’re always just one reviewer’s personal opinion. I’ve been very lucky with the good reviews I’ve received in the past, and I love to read how someone has responded to my book. I often learn important things, too, to take into the next book, where my writing could be improved. And I have a lot of respect for reviewers; it’s a special skill to give your opinion on a book in a constructive and entertaining way.
Julie: What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
Clare: I like this question LOL. I have so many favorites, I don’t know how I can choose. Maybe something appropriate to my stories, like “passion” or “tension” or “opposites attract”. One of my editors suggested changing the title of my book to “something fierce” because I used it so often – and it suited the emotions of the book! And my least favorite? “Gotten”. It’s a British thing, it makes me wince – and although I write for American publishers, it’s the one word I try never to use.
Julie: What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Clare: I think it was singing in public! I love to sing, mainly ballads and blues. But I was asked a couple of years back to sing a set at a friend’s wedding anniversary celebration, with a live band – in front of a hall full of guests! I loved it, I must say, but it was very nerve-wracking.
Julie: What’s next for you?
Clare: Well, I have a short story coming out at Dreamspinner in December as part of their Advent Calendar collection. It’s called Pop-Ups and is a short romantic comedy about Jack, a workaholic who thinks his sexual relationship with his neighbor Henry is just casual, until Henry’s about to go on Christmas holiday without him and Jack realizes how much he’ll miss him. And then weird pop-ups start appearing on Jack’s PC!
And I have my second novella at Carina scheduled for release in February 2011, a paranormal erotic romance called The Tourist.
Otherwise, I’m actually hoping for a rest from writing for a while, because I’ve had 3 books out in the last two months and I want time to share them with readers. But there are already a couple of new story ideas nipping at my heels, so I don’t think it’ll be quiet for long!
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!
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Novels and novellas:
Branded, Dreamspinner Press
72 Hours, Dreamspinner Press
True Colors, Dreamspinner Press
Sparks Fly, Dreamspinner Press
Freeman, MLR Press
Heart and Home, Amber Quill Press
Blinded by Our Eyes, Carina Press
Footprints, Dreamspinner Press
Touch, Dreamspinner Press
Short stories at: Dreamspinner Press, Amber Quill Press, Torquere Press, Aspen Mountain Press, Red Rose Publishing, loveyoudivine,
Pop-Ups, Dreamspinner Press (Dec)
The Tourist, Carina Press (Feb 2011)