Interview with Charmaine Clancy

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding humour in the everyday and turning those giggles into stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm hoping they'll be on my survival team when the zombie apocalypse breaks.
What are you working on next?
The Invisible Kid - sometimes being overlooked can have its advantages! The team from My Zombie Dog and Undead Kev return for some more paranormal fun.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat. She claws my face if I don't.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run writing workshops for kids and adults, and host the yearly Rainforest Writing Retreat in Queensland. School days you'll find me in the classroom teaching high school English, Science and Maths, or re-watching 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' with the family, maybe walking the dogs, or taking a nap.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through friend's recommendations, which I search for, but always end up finding something else that attracts me more instead.
What is your writing process?
I'll make a plan, then a cup of tea, then review the plan, then wash the cat, and when the house is clean, the take-away menus alphabetised, I'll sit down and just write. I do plot out my story before starting. A detailed plan is the key to surviving the zombie apocalypse. Just sayin'.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first favourite read was Grover and the Monster at the End of this Book. Still a favourite.
How do you approach cover design?
By making up a very dodgy pathetic mock-up in photoshop, and then letting my book designer make the real cover, which uses no elements at all from my vomit-inducing attempt.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, thrillers, horror, comedy, fantasy. Just about anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Attending Comic-Cons in cosplay as my favourite Doctor Who characters. It now occurs to me the dressing up bit may play no part in my successful sales. Hmm.
Published 2015-01-31.
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