Interview with Anita Claire

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I fell in love with reading indie books. After writing a number of business books I decided that I had a story inside of me that just wanted to get out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm a new author and am hoping that the Smashwords can get my story out to a wider distribution.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process. After developing the basis premise for my book series I now have this wonderful group of women who all have a story that needs to be told.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, my stories are little more then personal daydreams unless they are shared with others.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on bringing the other Princesses stories to life. Each book is personal. I have an idea of who the women is and the arc of their story before I start writing, but until I start writing it's just a skeleton. As I write the character talks to me and their story becomes full, interesting and bold. I just hope my readers enjoy learning about these people as much as I enjoyed the processes of telling their story.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many, Barbara Kingsolver, Robin Hobb, Liane Moriarty, Rosaland James; just to name a few
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get up early to run or swim. So my inspiration is knowing my running partner Marcy will be waiting for me or to see my swim friends. But if your talking about what makes my life happy - of course my family. Work wise, I love writing.

Before I start writing I have a detailed character study of my protagonist and a chapter by chapter outline. My outline is typically only one sentence. What actually happens is a spontaneous experience. Each day is like a complete revelation. I can't wait to see what my character will do or say that day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my non work time is spent as wife and mother and all the driving, picking up, shopping, and cooking that entails. But my hobbies include running, swimming, gardening, bee keeping, walking my dogs, and reading. I also run an open water swim team, volunteer with girl scouts, help out at my daughters school, and of course find time to enjoy my friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I track author's I've enjoyed and look for new authors who's books sound interesting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote stories as a child, but I've always had stories running through my mind. It's only recently that I've decided to put them on paper and share them with others.
What is your writing process?
Before writing I spend a lot of time clearly identifying my character. I then decide what key experiences I want her to have. Finally I create an outline to those experiences. I start my writing day by reading what I wrote the previous three days, modifying as necessary. Then I have a self imposed requirement to write 2,000 a day.

As for environment, I like sitting on my family room couch, with my computer on my lap, listening to my favorite Pandora channel.
Published 2014-09-12.
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Books by This Author

The Story of Flint and Lexi
Series: A Silicon Valley Prince, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,220. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Flint has had a crush on Lexi since he was fourteen. Being two years older, Lexi never really paid attention. Twenty years later… Lexi’s personal life has come crashing down. When Lexi’s at her lowest, having a handsome man hitting on her sure feels good. It can’t hurt to flirt back, right? While Flint might have the chance to make his high school dreams come true.
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,890. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Olivia has cultivated an entourage of men in love with her, but she's not in love with any of them. When she meets her best friends brother, she promises her she wont add him to her entourage. But what if he's the only man she wants? Can you fight against your hearts desire? Sometimes when your heart calls you, promises must be broken.
The Story of Jax and Payton
Series: A Silicon Valley Prince, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,460. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Payton's hectic schedule didn't include being ordered to show up at a customer’s office after his computers are taken hostage. Of course, Jax, the guy doing the ordering wasn’t expecting his computer guy to be such a beauty. Jax can’t stop watching this beauty fix his computers, while Payton’s intrigued and repulsed all at the same time.
The Story of Brody and Ana
Series: A Silicon Valley Prince, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,730. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Brody is a busy man, he doesn’t have time for a social life. He definitely doesn’t have time for a girlfriend. Even so, he finds the pretty women at the chiropractor’s office appealing. Ana's surprised when the attractive man at her chiropractor's office jump starts her heart. The two of them embark on an adventure that turns into much more then either of them ever expected.
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,160. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Wild Kelly is busy cycling, partying and looking for a good time. Former Olympian Sean has moved past his gold medal dreams. Is Kelly ready for Sean? Can Sean get over Kelly's mistakes?
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,690. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
After Juliette Cole returns to Silicon Valley she learns that work is more than free food and hoddies. Swimming before work she sees a guy with the most amazing six pack, after getting knocked out while playing soccer she's helped off the field by an opposing player's brother. Suddenly there are two men vying for her attention. Who will she choose, hot swimmer Zach or sexy doctor Nate?
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,580. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Isabelle is up in the mountains for a fun weekend, that turns into a disaster. Though sometimes good things come out of disasters and maybe Isabelle's fortunes are changing. Brother's Jordan and Jake are up in the mountains to mountain bike and water ski.Helping out Isabelle turns into more of an adventure then they ever bargained for.
Jennifer and Rocket
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,150. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Jennifer is a middle school teacher with an eye for metrosexual men. Having no interest in tatted up, pierced, and rough looking Rocket she dances with him anyway since it's just a dance. Wild Rocket falls for pretty Jennifer and the hot way she shakes her butt on the dance floor. Jennifer eventually learns maybe the book is deeper than the cover and love can be found in the least obvious places.
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,510. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
*** Warning Steamy Sex Scenes *** Some girls just want to have fun Hita's Indian mom is working overtime introducing her to the right sort of Indian man to marry. But Hita's an American girl, she wants to have fun, explore life, and meet some guy who will knock her socks off. After a string of dating disasters, Hita finds out that maybe true love has been under her nose the whole time.
Series: The Princesses of Silicon Valley, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,970. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » General
Some nice guys weren't always so nice. Nate's a guy who prides himself on his no commitment lifestyle. He's a master at zeroing in on the hottest women for a quick and easy hookup, making a point of never spending the night. Until he runs into a women that makes him want more than a one night stand. After she blows his heart away he starts reevaluating his choices. This is a stand-alone book