Interview with Claudy Conn

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Free books and I love giving my readers freebies.
Describe your desk
Faces a wall so that I won't be distracted by the outdoors. It is cluttered with research notes, and my character bible information sheets.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Whitestone, in Queens, NY and then after I was thirteen in Baldwin, LI. Tough age to have to move and fit in, and of course all that experience came with me to adulthood.
When did you first start writing?
Started reading--really reading when I was ten, and started writing when I was twelve.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Murder and romance in regency England.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had written for Random House, Zebra Books, and Doubleday for over twenty years. Took a break, and when I
came back, Indie was just coming into its own. I liked the idea of being able to write, (with an editor and a proofreader of course) freely within the genre of my choice. So glad I went Indie. Loving it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a must for all Indie authors for many reasons. They are helpful, give insight and present our works to the readers as well as to many ebook publishers. LOVE Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing my characters to life, describing the places I have been in the context of my tale and hearing from my
readers that I transported them into the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I love my readers. I learn from them. I take their reviews (even the reviews that make me go 'huh') and learn from them.
What are you working on next?
Hungry Moon-Destiny, the next book in my shapeshifter series.
Who are your favorite authors?
LOVE Karen Marie Moning, Candice Stauffer, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, and King.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We have horses and with that quite a bit of land to maintain. Working fences, outdoor chores, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, and traveling. We also have a wolf and her hybrid son and they keep us busy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Spring Gambit was my first novel and I received a contract for it, three weeks after I presented it to Fawcett.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an amazing artist, Kendra Egert and she knows me and what I want and we work wonderfully together.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Claudy Conn's Bestselling Regencies (Box set)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 149,380. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Three regencies, WILDFIRE KISS, TAFFETA & HOTSPUR and OH CHERRY RIPE in a box set.
The Complete Legend Series
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 559,680. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Spellbound-Legend, Shee Willow-Legend, Prince in the Mist, Prince, Prelude-Legend, Aaibhe-Shee Queen, Trapped-Legend, Free Falling-Legend, Catch & Hold-Legend. It all started with obsession. Those that are governed by it can never see past it. A traitor amongst the Fae, a Druid woman, turned into a bloodsucking voracious killer and a love that spanned time.
Disorderly Lady
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,970. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
As Bella's guardian is her brother and he isn't much older than she is, she is quite (she thinks) capable of running her own life. Bella is a headstrong young woman in the hedonistic regency times. Enter the Earl of Magdalen to stir wayward matters into a whirlwind she can't find a way out of.
Hungry Moon-Jodi
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Series: Hungry Moon series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,060. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jodi is a witch with formidable powers fighting a battle against an insidious dark force. She meets Shane MacGrath and needs him in so many ways, but she doesn't know if she can trust him. Can she trust him and will she survive this battle?
Through Time-Compulsion
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Series: Through Time, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,960. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Through Time-Compulsion finds a new demon on the loose and this one thinks he is a god. He isn't, but he is powerful beyond the Fae's imagination.
Serena
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,220. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » Russian
Lord Daniel Pendleton has met his match in Serena. A game of twists and misunderstandings ensue, and a lively romance begins.
Hungry Moon-Destiny
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Series: Hungry Moon series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A hybrid and a wolf shifter join forces across time, across miles against a threat of unthinkable proportions. Luke tells Kelsey she isn’t his type, but who is he trying to convince—her or himself? And Kelsey? She thinks he is a player and players don't figure into her state of mind.
Lady Star
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,370. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Sir Edward meets his match when he meets Star, but is there too much keeping them apart?
Mandy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,970. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
A Regency adventure that goes into the Dales of Yorkshire. Murder and intrigue. A sister on the run with her brother. Suspects--many, even a dear friend. A duke who is as dashing as he is wild.
Through Time-Frankie
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Series: Through Time, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,070. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Meet Frankie of Sluagh now all grown up and ready to take on the world. She wants the Dark Prince and goes against her family...but he turns away. All the while, his brother plots to take over the world once again.
Dark Love
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,860. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
One goal consumes Chazma Donnelly: find the dark sorcerer who murdered her parents. The trail takes her Ireland and Jethro McBain, but will it take her soul?
Lady X
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,910. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Exerilla has to run from her Dark Warlock father. Her mother sends her into the past to escape him and the marriage he plans for her. What is a modern American miss to do in 19th century England?
Through Time-Slamming
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Series: Through Time, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,640. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Book 3 in the Through Time series takes us on a battle filled ride with Jazz and Trevor as Frankie comes into her own.
Lady Bess
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Price: Free! Words: 69,190. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
18+ Lady Bess has fallen hard for the Earl of Dunkirk, but she has also fallen into a bevy of secrets. Evil hovers. Although Bess doesn’t look for it, she finds it—and Bess is not your average, simpering female. She takes on danger and mayhem like she does everything else: full throttle. Adventure ensues as we travel with Bess through romance and the battle of her life.
Through Time--Whiplash Book
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Series: Through Time, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 72,320. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
In book #2 of Through Time, the three Dark Royals are about to march out of the Dark Realm with an army of monsters at their back. The Queen of the Seelie Fae is in jeopardy with the Council because of her love for Morgan LeBlanc, a Milesian. Enter, unexpectedly, Jazmine Decker, a Fios (Fae seer) who finds herself unwittingly thrown into the past with Trevor. Chaos lies ahead.
After The Storm
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Jenny insisted she would never fall in love again, but she found herself drawn to the handsome Earl of Danfield. She also knew about his wild reputation, but it didn’t matter. His proposal would give her what she wanted. Peace.
Netherby Halls
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,150. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Matters at Netherby are not what they seem, and neither is the handsome marquis. Unsure whom to trust, Sassy has to find her way through a maze of evil and magic.
Hungry Moon-Quicksilver
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Series: Hungry Moon series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 85,600. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Ravena is running from who and what she is, but the more she runs away, the further she falls.
Runaway Heart
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,100. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Chelsea takes London by storm, but the only man she wants, thinks she is no more than a child.
Wildfire Kiss
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,720. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Lady Babs is a rule-breaker, but has she met her match in Lord Wildfire?
Through Time-Pursuit (Legend spin off, picks up where Legend left off)
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Series: Through Time, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Revenge is the driver. Will love be the equalizer in Through Time-Pursuit? Chance LeBlance and Princess Royce are about to find out in this contemporary Fantasy Romance, picking up where Catch & Hold-Legend,left off.
Taffeta & Hotspur
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,870. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Hotspur wants Taffeta--how far will he go to make her his? Taffeta has a secret--will it land her in trouble?
Rogues, Rakes & Jewels
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Price: Free! Words: 68,950. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
What happens when an eligible marquis pretends to be a rake and a > gambler, and the woman he is supposed to be courting disguises herself > as a masked French card dealer? Find out in this spicy, risque Regency > romance.
Prince, Prelude-Legend
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Series: Legend series, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,090. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
This is a stand-alone tale, and the backstory for the Legend series. In Prince, Prelude—Legend, we find ourselves in 1814, and we will see a good part of it through Prince Breslyn’s eyes. Gais and the Prince come head to head over a woman. We will see Lamia DuLaine when she first sees Julian Talbot and we will meet the first Maxie Reigate. Come along and see their world unfold…
Shadowlife-Hybrid
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Series: Shadow vampire, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,530. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
WB and his clan have moved in and section by section Dublin is going dark. The team needs help and they turn to a shapeshifter, Roxie MacBran.
Oh Cherry Ripe
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,800. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
Cheryl Elton has been in London for three seasons and refuses to be courted. Her mother takes matters into her own hands and Cherry runs!
Catch & Hold-Legend book #6 Legend series
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Series: Legend series, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,890. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
This is the final sequel to the Legend series and picks up where Free Falling-Legend stopped. Z is in a mess, Dante is following her into the same mess and there is war and love on the horizon!
Trapped-Legend
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Series: Legend series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,600. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Magical powers, a castle, and a charming prince sound like the ingredients for a fairy-tale life, but for BJ Mulroy, reality turns out to be a whole lot more complicated. The war between the Seelie and the Unseelie is heating up, BJ has been drawn into the fray … and there’s the matter of the seventeenth-century hunk in the painting.
Aaibhe Shee Queen
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Series: Legend series, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,730. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
This is a love story but it is fringed with envy, jealousy, and bitterness—oh and more. It is laced with the havoc those devastating emotions can bring. It is about the seeds of hate born of love, and what havoc that hate can wantonly roar over even the immortals. This is a story of Aaibhe, queen of the Seelie Fae because she deserves that it be told.
Myriah Fire
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,430. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Myriah meets Kit under the worst circumstances and their meeting was an explosion of wills, and actions, and it was what finally set Myriah on fire…
Prince in the Mist
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Series: Legend series, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 43,060. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Fact one: By tradition and treaty, Fae do not interfere with the human world—it is against the rules. Fact two: For a Royal Fae prince who suffers from the ennui of immortality, watching and interacting with humans—especially lovely, spirited human females—can be entertaining. Fact three: When entertainment changes to affection, and affection becomes love, rules will be broken.
Shee Willow-Legend
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Series: Legend series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,030. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
They called her ‘faeling’, and Willow ran. She isn’t running anymore.
Spellbound-Legend
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Series: Legend series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,390. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Maxie is a reluctant heroine-travels to Scotland to find and save herself. Julian is a Druid Priest in a modern age and he is full of guilt--Can Maxie turn to him? Or will she turn to Prince Breslyn,a royal Fae hunk offering her everything? Also, free is a short(Aaibhe-Shee Queen) I wrote at the request of my readers who wanted to know more about Queen Aaibhe who appears in my Legend series.
Free Falling-Legend (book #5 Legend series)
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Series: Legend series, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 96,510. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
They call her Z and she is a handful ready to explode. She has entered the war against Gais and the Dark Fae and means to take him on all by herself. She is driven. Aaibhe, Queen of the Seelie has other plans, and she sends in Prince Danté to execute and preserve her wishes. Z and the prince meet and hackles go up on both sides.
ShadowHeart--Slayer
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Series: Shadow vampire, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,720. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Damon Drummond and Nikki Walker are on opposite sides. He is a potent vampire--she is a skilled and powerful vampire slayer. Problem right there...but when they look at each other, sparks of all kinds fly. Too much stands between them: He will live forever, she will not, and yet...
Shadowlove-Stalkers
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Series: Shadow vampire, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 97,320. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
What do you call it when a 'hot' immortal comes face to face with a beautiful vampire? SHADOWLOVE-STALKERS! Shawna's father wants to turn her into a vampire. Chad, is an immortal with an agenda who promises to help her, but can she trust him, when she knows he wants to use her as bait?