Claire Gem

Today, I would like to welcome Claire Gem to

What made you decide to write books?

I have always loved to write, to express myself on paper. I particularly love Gothic-style ghost stories, but those set in modern times. When I ran out of books to read, I decided it was time to start writing my own.

What was the inspiration for your books?

Each of my books is set in a place I have lived or spent a great deal of quality time. Something about these locations spoke to me. The stories grew out of these memories.

If you have a publisher, what has it been like working with them?

I have been published by three small publishers, with varying degrees of satisfaction. Early in 2016, I finally decided to go rogue and self-publish my first Haunted Voices novel. Hearts Unloched was a winner in the 2016 New York Book Festival.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

The fire destroying Talcott Hall discouraged my muse. For months, I was lost. I felt as though more than the building burned–my story died with it. Finally, and with the help of a Middletown fireman who granted me the rights to use his fire photos in the promotion of this book, I was inspired to weave the fire into the story.

What do you like to read?

I love to read what I write: spooky, Gothic ghost stories set in modern times.

What advice would you give to those thinking about writing a book?

Find out as much as possible about your genre, as well as the publishing industry. I recently published an Author’s Resource guide, The Road to Publication, to help aspiring authors do just this. It is the book I wish I could have found a the beginning of my writing career.

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Sylv Jenkins lives in Portsmouth, England with her three children and partner, Joe Jenkins (so that makes four). She works full time on this website, including providing the editing and author PA services. She is currently in the editing stages of her first novel - Safe Place?


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