Interview with Claudia Caget

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have loved writing ever since I could form words. At the same time it is very difficult for me. It is hard for me to sit down and write; one of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo so much is that it forces the participant to write to at least 50,000 words to win. I like to win so it is perfect. The challenge for me is to face my fears and write every day as if NaNoWriMo is an ongoing event.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Toni Morrison (Beloved is one of my favorite books), J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning (I want to run away with Adam Black), Diana Gabaldon, Kresley Cole, Tarryn Fisher, and Monica McCarty. Favorite authors from history include Mark Twain, Mary Shelley, and Elisabeth Ogilvie. I also enjoy Stephen King (Carrie was fantastic), Sylvia Day, Kat Martin, M Leighton, and Jennifer Crusie. I read a lot so it is hard for me to choose a comprehensive list without linking to a best author's page on Goodreads or the NYTimes.
What are you working on next?
Currently, writing wise, I am working on a paranormal romance. I have never written anything like this before so it is challenging to come up with a magical system I can live with. Editing wise, I have two books finished (former NaNoWriMo projects) that need to be edited. I am also working on a flash fiction collection that will be available for purchase at Smashwords.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of crafting. I make jewelry; I love working with metal. I am going to try my hand at sculpture. I knit and crochet. I embroider fun designs on fabric and I sew. My favorite thing to do is have several projects going at once and moving from project to project, including writing!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
When I first started reading romance novels, it was very recently, I read recommendations on book threads on Jezebel and Gawker. When I ran out of those recommendations, I literally typed in my web browser "Best Romance Books of all time." Up popped a list of 100 or so and Outlander was at the top of the list. I went to the library and started reading, ultimately buying it as an ebook because I was reading it very, very slow. I didn't want it to end! I did the same thing with A Dragonfly in Amber and right now I am reading Voyager very, very slowly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but when I was young I used to write plays all the time and my brother and the neighborhood kids down the street would act them out for our parents. We would also tape them. I have a tape of my friend Kris and I acting out all the parts of the murder mystery, "The Gold Grand Piano," radio-play style.
What is your writing process?
I used to be a no planning type of writer but I have so many unfinished manuscripts I have been forcing myself to have a modicum of a plot before I start. I have been taking courses from Holly Lisle on how to plot and they are very useful. She is great, by the way, for all kinds of writing instruction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an older Kindle, which I really like. I also read on my computer through Adobe Digital Editions.
Describe your desk
I write on the dining room table. It is covered in piles of paper, writing notebooks, and books. We don't eat there for obvious reasons!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was very small. I used to put letters together and then run to an adult and ask if it was a word. I was a huge Nancy Drew fan (I still am!) and my mom used to buy me a book a week. I think a lot of my early writing were mysteries like Nancy Drew. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My father was part Roma (so I am too!) and I was interested in the Roma culture, especially the idea of the healer or chovihani (gypsy witch). I was interested in exploring the challenges of the chovihani in modern times while eschewing the stereotype of the fortune teller from popular culture.
Published 2015-10-25.
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Books by This Author

Tomorrow's June
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,440. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Mia brashly thinks she has the best of both worlds: she has a boyfriend and is seeing her co-worker on the sly. She justifies the situation by saying she is an adult and can do what she wants, no matter what the consequences. When she recklessly falls head over heels in love, she feels transformed, until the tables are turned and she loses what she holds dear. Will she fall back into her old patte