Interview with Claire Manning

When did you first start writing?
Three years ago. It was part of my bucket list to at least writer one. Now, 12 books later, I still carry on writing. I will soon publish a new genre which is about a young Sicilian couple that immigrates to Canada. In my story, you will discover what is hiding in the shadow of their son who becomes an icon in the financial market.
Life is not always what it seems...
Here is my book trailer about it:
https://youtu.be/Etzyx3QWd1A
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Completing it! As a writer, you go through various steps to complete the story. Always an interesting adventure.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually get my pictures from fotolia. They have a very good picture inventory. I choose the pictures and the title of my next book before I even wrote the first chapter.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book trailers and a lot of promotion on facebook, twitter, google and good reads.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
will see. I have just published all my books yesterday. I certainly hope that I'll reach many readers.I just wish to every one to have very happy readings with my books! :)
What do your fans mean to you?
I am very appreciative of their feedback. It is always interesting to me to receive their viewpoints, their commentaries about my books, how they understood or perceived the stories. Every critique is always welcome about my books. It is vital for a writer to know what the readers have appreciated, what they have questioned, etc.
While I get many commentaries that are mostly verbally given, I always insist that they write it down and rate my books to then publish them on the site they've purchased my books.
What are you working on next?
I am currently writing a thriller which will be published very soon. This is the story of a Sicilian young couple who immigrates to Canada. Their son becomes an icon in the world of investment. I will publish is very soon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me is that I have a purpose in my life. I love writing! Having recently been out of work, while still looking for a job, I find it always motivating to carry on on what I love the most, writing good stories that readers will enjoy. Every day I am motivated to get better at what I do. I write many novel genres such as science-fiction, fiction and the next one soon to be published will be a thriller.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was Terra Cotta - Mankind's Future - One possible scenario. If this book ever makes it on the big screen, which is a check I'd love to do on my bucket list, that would be great! That book covers so many topics, you will not be bored reading it. That's all I can say.
Here is the synopsis: Do you know what will happen in 3010? Here is a scenario.
When Robert Benson entered politics, he wanted something better for his people. He never thought that one day, he could be faced with what no other politician in the history of the planet had ever imagined.
A dying Earth and the technology needed to reverse this, not yet invented.
Working to improve the survival of what is left of Earth’s population without realizing it, he enters a world completely parallel to the daily reality.
He becomes party to decades of secret information that propels him directly into the heart of the elite's plan for the future of Earth.
This plan is well underway at this point. Time is fast running out....
You will enjoy reading this book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have several readers, Kindle, e-reader and blackberry.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a very small village south of the St-Lawrence River in the Quebec province. I am the 6th kid of a family of 10. I got great education, my father was a teacher. I remember being a kid spending a lot of time in his office where I would open the big encyclopedia's books and learn new things. This was my passion as I was a kid. I was eager to discover and learn new things about the world. I did this so many times instead of doing my homework. :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
Not saying. It is a surprise! You'll love it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always felt that I could create things and I finally decided it was time to actually do something about it instead of "thinking" about it. I wrote my first book, really enjoyed writing it and just continued. I think I am getting better as I go along.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I still have to work, so I am now looking for a job as I cannot support myself from my writing income. I wish I could but it is not the case as of yet.
Published 2016-09-08.
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Books by This Author

Press F5 for a Refresher
Price: Free! Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » White house
This little manuscript is a refresher as to the story and political development for America. I originally wrote it a few months after Donald J. Trump won the elections. I am taking you back to his official announcement that he was running for the most important job in the world. This was the beginning of a big movement... The Silent Majority was no more...
Beelzebub Speaks
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,900. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Coming of age
There comes a time in every civilization where the forces of goods and progressive thinking have to face the forces of ignorance, evil and tyranny. What becomes of the later generations depends on what is done there and then in that place at that time. Find out if you may have taken part when these two forces went head to head. Indifference is no longer an option.
Terra U.N.der Attack
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,200. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
What would you do if Earth had no Point of Return? How would you manage to salvage the planet despite extreme counter-intention from every direction to salvage what is left of the population? Join Robert Benson into his quest for a solution. Doomsday is on the horizon...
L'effet de la Corruption - Une trajectoire vers une zone obscure
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 48,370. Language: Canadian French. Published: May 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Une histoire renversante de la vie d'un couple ordinaire et celle de leur fils tragiquement influencée par la mafia.
The Corruption Effect - A Journey into the Dark Side
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,780. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A young Sicilian couple immigrates to Montreal, Canada, dreaming of a new life, full of hopes and dreams for their future. Discover what is hiding in the shadows of their son who becomes an icon in the financial market place... A striking account about how an ordinary couple and their son become entangled with the mafia’s influence.
Tout À Propos Des Livres Que J’ai Écrits Et Publiés Mise à jour 2017
Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: Canadian French. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Essay » Author profile
Je désirais en faire part depuis un certain temps et après la publication de mon dernier livre, Le Buddha Board, j’ai décidé que le moment était venu.
Le Pion: Croyez-vous en la réincarnation? Est-ce possible que vous avez existé avant cette vie?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,260. Language: Canadian French. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
La mort ne peut pas être la réponse finale... Et vous le savez probablement... Vous avez probablement une idée à ce sujet, mais vous l’obtiendrez à coup sûr quand votre temps viendra.
La Théorie de la Dévolution: Une Odyssée de l'Ingénierie Génétique
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,450. Language: Canadian French. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Devenez témoin d'un rembobinage de l'histoire qu'est la dévolution.
Le Buddha Board: L'Art de lâcher-prise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,230. Language: Canadian French. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
« À la fin, seulement trois choses comptent : Comment avons-nous bien vécu, Comment avons-nous aimé, Et dans quelle mesure avons-nous appris à lâcher prise » Jack Kornfield Auteur, pratiquant bouddhiste et enseignant clé à introduire la pratique de la pleine conscience bouddhiste à l’Ouest.
All About the Books I Have Written and Published Updated
Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Essay » Author profile
I have been wanting to do this for a while and after publishing my latest book, The Buddha Board, I decided that the time was right. I feel that it is important that I get in touch with readers and give more reality as to who I am as a writer and what it has taken for me to become a writer of a dozen of books written and published within the last three years in English and French.
The Revenge of the Dragon The Legend
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,190. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Here is a legend of a Magic Dragon. He had great powers and shared them with the people of Ancient Japan. One of the powers of the Dragon was to contribute to the procreation of gifted children.
I Wish There Was an App for That!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,950. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Inspirational
This book is dedicated to all baby boomers. Do you remember some strange events that happened in your life ? See the impact of some of them that the author had gone through. Get ready for a good laugh. Join the author, feel her frustration and amazement at what goes on around us.
The Buddha Board: The Art of Letting Go
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,170. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Inspirational
“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved, How well we have learned to let go” Jack Kornfield Author, Buddhist practitioner and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West.
The Pawn: Could You Have Lived Before This Life? Do You Believe In Reincarnation?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,860. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Death may not be the final answer.. And you probably know It... You probably have some idea about this, but you will find out for sure when your time comes.
The Theory of Devolution A Genetic Engineering Odyssey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,140. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
This story challenge Darwin's theory. The project as described in the book takes you along with scientists in an aventure where the unthinkable is now thinkable. A new slant on human evolution.
Project Carbon Copy They Are Amongst Us and Here to Stay
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 58,550. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The topic is very much “today”. The story is about extraterrestrials and the fact that they are already here amongst us.It seems all too real. We know that the governments are hiding many facts about Roswell and other alien’s sightings. This book makes you question how much they know and how much they had kept from the public. Do you think we are alone, well think again...
The Forbidden Book - You Have Not Been Told Everything, Just Partially...
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 50,820. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Inspirational
There comes a time in every civilization where the forces of goods and progressive thinking have to face the forces of ignorance, evil and tyranny. What becomes of the later generations depends on what is done there and then in that place at that time. Find out if you may have taken part when these two forces went head to head. Indifference is no longer an option.
The Programmer High-Tech Sci-Fi
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,420. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
This is the story of two school dropout teenagers who choose to become professional hackers. Their journey brings them into contact with a series of adventure that neither one could have ever imagined. They come across a secret which reveals why humanity is in the present situation and find themselves in a position where they can change the future course of the planet.
The Ultimate DNA
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
A parallel world awaits for you. Find out how you fit in this scenario. The last two human specimen are left on their own device to find their way out. They are pure DNA and someone is after them. Multiverses awaits for you. A very surprising outcome!
The Will of the Millionaire Sam Wilcox
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,870. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Pet lovers will like this story. The story makes you feel what the main character is living and how strangely enough her life change on a dime. A lawyer's will is the cause.