Interview with Clare Solomon

Published 2017-02-03.
What are you working on next?
I'm getting ready to launch "Deadly Times", the final novel in my Human Hybrids trilogy in March, which I'm equally nervous and excited about! I'm also planning a new urban fantasy M/M series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the novels of Lynn Flewelling, Sarah Monette, Jordan L Hawke, C S Pacat and many others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot and love watching paranormal, SF and fantasy TV shows.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I buy ebooks by favourite authors and by recommendations.
What is your writing process?
I plan for a few months, then write a first draft. I like to wait a few months before revising the novel, so that I can be more objective about it. I also have a different approach to a lot of authors in that I write a sketchy first draft then add more detail and try to fully bring the characters to life in the re-write. After that, the novel is sent away for proofreading, then I plan how to launch and market it.
How do you approach cover design?
An amazing graphic designer, Kanaxa, whose work I love, creates my book covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Overall, I'm a fan of gay romances, angst-filled plots, unique worlds and lovable but flawed characters. The whole Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling is wonderful but the first book, "Luck in the Shadows", is my favourite - I could happily go and live and the world she's created! Ginn Hale's 10-part serialized Rifter novel has complex characters and a plot that twists and turns. "A Companion to Wolves" by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear has an endearing protagonist and a unique fantasy world. "Swordspoint" by Ellen Kushner is written beautifully and I love the main characters. "Prince's Gambit", the second book of C S Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy, is probably my favourite one and the author has an amazing, compelling writing style.
What do you read for pleasure?
M/M novels of a variety of genres but I particularly love paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, readers have mostly discovered my books through my M/M blog and the free Human Hybrids story there. Sales and free promotions have also got people to download one book, then they've bought the next. Facebook adverts have been useful and several of the book review websites I've contacted have been great at promoting my books.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing short stories as soon as I learned to write and began my first novel when I was about fifteen. That novel is sitting safely in a drawer never to be seen by readers!
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Books by This Author

No One Likes Humans (Detectives in Space 1)
Price: Free! Words: 55,610. Language: British English. Published: June 20, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The explosive first novel in a crime-solving science-fiction series that also has a touch of gay romance.
Coexistence: Book 1 of the Human Hybrids Series
Price: Free! Words: 66,570. Language: British English. Published: February 3, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
This is the first novel in a fast-paced M/M science-fiction trilogy with a paranormal twist. Human-hybrid werewolf, Jaspal ‘Pal’ Khatri, joins a group he doesn’t trust to work with the dangerously attractive werewolf, Brand, and hunt for a killer, only to discover that there is another murderer much closer to him…