Interview with Claire Buss

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a voracious reader as a child and I remember reading & loving everything Enid Blyton wrote, devouring Swallows & Amazons, Roald Dahl - all the standard childrens books (at the time) I then progressed to my very own library card and being able to empty out the childrens section which led to Young Adult and of course the Science Fiction & Fantasy section.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an idea in my head so I try to use that to focus online image searches. With Tales from Suburbia I actually took my own photo as I couldn't find quite the right thing. I think cover design should be clean & professional looking, eye catching and to some extent reflective of the subject matter.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Woah - this is difficult so it will be the first five, off the top of my head.

Rivers of London (whole series really) by Ben Aaronovitch - magic police in London, what more could you want?
Sir Terry Pratchett - complete works because of the humour and love used when they were written
Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - it was the first in a massive fantasy series that I have read and re-read. I love the connection I have with the characters.

I actually can't commit to anymore because there are so many great books out there and so many more for me to discover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci fi & fantasy books mostly but I'm open to recommendations.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a really old Kindle. I was a reluctant converter to e-books but I value the fact that you can load them up with lots of books and they are great for long journeys.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Having a consistent presence across social media platforms and being approachable as well as supporting other indie authors.
Describe your desk
Ha! I don't have one.... maybe I should get one?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a fairly large city in East Anglia - I'm sure it influenced my writing style in that I had access to a great library and there are elements of my experiences in my short stories.
When did you first start writing?
I used to write constantly as a child but becoming a teenager, exams, jobs and boyfriends pushed it all aside for a long time. It wasn't until I entered a writing competition in 2015 that I really ignited my writing passion again.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Tales from Suburbia is a collection of short stories, plays and blog posts that I wanted to share with my current & potential readers so they could get a feel for my writing style and they would have something new to read from me. I think it's important to keep putting your work out there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I went down the agent route with my first book, The Gaia Effect, however I was unsuccessful. I still wanted to get my work out there so I decided to become an indie author and I'm learning all the time about what we can do and how we can get our words out there.
Published 2017-07-03.
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Books by This Author

The Blue Serpent & Other Tales
Price: Free! Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of Flash Fiction stories from author Claire Buss.