Interview with Frank Claudy

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes, I do. I was 10 years old and had my first crush, a guy from my class. I still have this story, as well as any other story I have ever written and all my diaries. But I have a lot of problems reading the handwriting I had at the time.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea for a story. Then I start thinking about this story wherever I go. After a while I cannot stop thinking about it. So I start writing and often cannot stop until the story is finished. Often the story takes a completely different turn during the writing, but that is okay. When I've finished the story, I put it away for several month. Than I read it again and start doing the correction. If I still like it afterwards I publish it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I learned reading before school and never stopped. I have always read everything that popped up in front of me, instructions, ingredients on a tin, adds, no matter what.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I am not very good with art or design. I started doing graffiti for my covers and found it cool, so I stayed with it. But maybe I should find a graphic artist and change the covers. My problem is: Once a book is finished I don't spend much time with it anymore. I am already thinking about new stories. So I don't really bother with a cover anymore. I know it's lame, but for me the story was always more important than the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything that is contemperary. I don't like historical, fantasy or shifter stories. I like a bit of adventure, but basically I am interested in day-to-day life of other people.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
BeBook Club S. I have several e-reading devices, a BeBook One, 2 BeBook mini, 2 BeBook Club S and a Koobe Slimbook.
I'm an old fashioned e-book reader type. I don't like a touchscreen and I don't want to use a bookshop. So no Kindle or Tolino for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None so far. I have been naive and thought it's enough to write and publish a story and people will read it. For a while I have published on a website where I got a lot of readers and good reviews. I even have been nominated for an award. Somehow I thought it would be enough to publish on other sites, but now I see that it's not.
Unfortunately, I don't find the time to change it. So I am still waiting for readers to discover me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My day-to-day-job and the fact that I need to eat.
Published 2015-06-01.
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,890. Language: German. Published: November 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Transgender, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Dating and relationships
F64.0 ist eine etwas andere Lovestory. Frank lernt Alex kennen. Die beiden verstehen sich prima. Doch jedes Mal, wenn die beiden sich näher kommen, macht Alex einen Rückzieher. Von seinem besten Freund erfährt Frank, dass Alex ein Geheimnis hat, aber es dauert noch eine Weile, bis Alex ihm davon erzählt. Kann Frank damit leben, dass Alex nicht der Mann ist, der er zu sein scheint?
Positiv - Negativ
Price: Free! Words: 9,490. Language: German. Published: October 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Diese Kurzgeschichte habe ich für einen Weihnachtschallenge auf einer Webseite geschrieben. Kurz vor Weihnachten lernt Frank Carsten kennen. Die beiden verlieben sich, doch Carsten ist HIV positiv. Kann Frank seine Ängste überwinden? Und erst einmal muss er noch seinen Eltern erzählen, dass er schwul ist.
Verdamp lang her
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,260. Language: German. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » General
Verdamp lang her ist eine schwule Liebesgeschichte in der Zeit von Hausbesetzungen und Demonstrationen gegen den Nato-Doppelbeschluss. Über Jahre hinweg wird erzählt, wie Frank und Mike sich lieben und hassen.
Sommer mit Ben
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,050. Language: German. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » General
Frank ist 16, als er über die Theater-AG seiner Schule Katja kennenlernt, die beiden verlieben sich und werden ein Paar. Doch dann lernt Frank Katjas Bruder kennen, der außerhalb der Familie offen schwul lebt. Frank und Ben verbringen ein paar ereignisreiche Monate miteinander, in denen Frank lernt, zu seiner Sexualität zu stehen, bis im Sommer ein Unglück geschieht.