Interview with C.L. Bluestein

When did you first start writing?
In my twenties. I wrote articles for newsletters and newspapers as well as short plays for non-profits. I took a break to raise my children. When my husband died, I journaled through the pain. I essayed to understand the loss and find a new beginning. I joined Toastmasters and earned my CTM by writing and presenting personal experiences with an inspirational/what I learned twist. Later, I went to an IWWG writer's conference. There I learned to perfect my skills and found mentors who helped me polish my first novel.
Describe your desk
Messy--most of the time while I'm working.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind SEDUCTION came from questioning the fact that despite the horrific Holocaust, there are still people who believe genocide is the way to go. They need to prove who is righter, smarter, stronger, worthier, more powerful, or all of the above. The consequences are broken families, broken lives. In the words of Bob Dylan, "When will they ever learn?" In SEDUCTION, I don't judge either way. As the reader, you decide for yourself. Enjoy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believed in my book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to be completely immersed in the process, unaware of time or hunger, when nothing else matters, and I'm energized by the story as it comes to life, words flowing through me onto the page.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
So much to do and not enough time to do it. Staying in bed is never an option. My dog, family, friends, writing, garden, and home projects are on my weekly to do list. If I need a break, there's always an indie film.
What is your writing process?
My process starts with thinking about the issues I want to explore or the phrase that caught my imagination or a magazine or news article that conjures up an idea. I live with it for a while until I see the ending. Once I know where I'm going, I can then start to map out the journey and write.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Dick Francis, Sara Paretsky, John Sandford, Sue Grafton, Faye Kellerman, and Michael Connelly
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with my family, dogs, and friends. I also garden, read, watch movies and walk.
How do you approach cover design?
Impact and story.
Published 2016-04-08.
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