Please welcome Regan Claire to the blog today ahead of the release of her debut novel Gathering water. As always stay tuned to the blog for all the info!
I wasn’t the best student. Honestly, I was lazy. I was smart, in all Honors and whatnot, so my teachers were always especially disappointed in me, you know, because of all the wasted potential. I never did homework, and my mom would literally ground me from books since I read instead of doing my school work!
Were you good at English?
No. I was good at reading. I’m terrible at English. Me no talk good. I like to say that I’m a storyteller learning to write. I’ve got story up the wazoo, but my grammar leaves something to be desired.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Um, to sell millions of copies worldwide, and eventually sell movie rights and become a bajillionaire? Haha, not really. I’m just hoping to provide an enjoyable pastime to girls like I was. I want to write something that strikes a chord with it’s readers. To write worthwhile role-models with realistic, healthy, relationships. And to change the world…
Give us an insight into your main character.
What does he/she do that is so special? Della has shielded herself her entire life. She’s been through some pretty traumatic stuff, so it’s understandable. But what makes her special is her refusal to let her past define her. She’s not a victim. Yes, she has a few issues, but she doesn’t let her issues control her. Also, she’s got some pretty stellar elemental abilities that she has only recently discovered, and she’s pretty bad*ss with them.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Haha. I decided to write in sixth grade. My teacher at the time pulled me after class one day and told me that I should consider that for my career one day. The word, I dunno, resonated and ever since then ‘writing’ has been my #1 life goal. Thanks Mrs. Keckley!
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I have two daughters, 5 and 1yr old. I can’t expect them to go out and follow their dreams if I’m too afraid to follow my own. As their mother, it’s my job to be their role model. I need them to see that I’ve put myself out there, that I’m doing something that I love, and that even though it’s hard that it’s worth it. If they don’t see me pursue my own personal happiness and fulfillment, how will they know to do the same?
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I don’t currently have the kind of schedule that lets me write everyday, so I set word count goals for the week. Sometimes I can knock it all out in one day, sometimes I have to plug away a little here and a little there to meet it. I make sure my goal is something achievable, and try to take scheduling issues into consideration when making it.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
The series is all about Della. It’s the story of her journey to self discovery. She grew up not even knowing her real name, and suddenly she finds herself surrounded by an incredible family she’s only just learned about. Gathering Water, the first book, is about her discovering her place in her mothers family. The second will be about her father’s family and where she fits in there, and the third will be about her meshing the two worlds together and truly finding herself. Oh and saving the world… or destroying it.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I have about a million someones to help with editing! I have a great writers group that offered a lot of suggestions, then family and friends that are far more capable than I will ever be with grammar and punctuation. I love punctuation, and use it way too frequently. Especially the semi-colon. My first draft probably had about a thousand of them, and that is NOT an exaggeration.
Who designed your book cover/s?
A family friend, Bruce Gore. The man is a designing genius!
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I think covers play an enormous role in the buying process. I am/was an avid reader, so I have that ‘consumer’ view point still. I look at the cover, then the title, then the synopsis (or the title, cover, synopsis if I’m in a real brick and mortar bookstore)… if I like all three I buy. If I don’t, then I move on. The old adage is ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, but I think humans are very visual, so the visual aspects of our book need to be spot on!
How are you publishing this book and why?
I agonized over this. Seriously. Sleepless nights tossing and turning, wondering if I was making the right decision. When it comes down to it, I want to write. I’m an artist. I think that deadlines, contracts, and all the stuff that goes with traditional publishing might impede my ability AS an artist, so I’m skipping it.
What do you do to get book reviews?
Beg, plead, and do book reviews for others…. That’s how it works, right? Haha, I’m still incredibly new to this, so right now I’m really doing that. The begging and pleading.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
So far, so good. I’m in contact with a few wonderful bloggers that have been incredibly helpful!
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Absolutely. I only have one book, and it’s not even released yet. But I still have the ‘consumer’ mindset right now, and I know for a fact that freebies have encouraged me to be an author-stalker, buying and reading all works by a new author like some literary piranha. Nom nom nom.