Interview with Clarissa Burton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, my family moved to San Bernardino, California when I was 12. We lived in the valley area where we had an orchard that produced oranges, lemons, grapefruit, apricots, and my mom grew fresh vegetables. Living in the 'country' gave me lots of time to sit outside and watch and listen to nature. This type of environment helped me focus on writing my short stories and essays.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in the third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Brown, introduced my class to haiku. I've been in love with writing since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book, Faces~Samantha, is the tumultuous life of a biracial little girl who believes it is her responsibility to keep her family together as well as protect her baby brother from harm. Samantha is willing to take physical and psychological abuse so her baby brother, Tavis, can be free from harm. This story highlights the various faces of its main characters and their individual struggles to love and be loved.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For years, I submitted manuscripts and was constantly rejected. That rejection caused me to stop writing for almost 20 years. When I became aware of self-publishing, I was still a little 'gun shy'; however, several indie writers encouraged me to try again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me distribute my works simply and easily. Since it's a very popular eBook distribution portal, my fans have been able to locate my works and download them. Also, the website is easy to navigate, which makes for a much better marketing venue for my fans as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for writing for me is the independence and the ability to write to my satisfaction. I understand that my fans are the most important aspect of my writing because they buy my books. Nonetheless, if I wasn't able to find joy and happiness in writing, there wouldn't be books written by me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are number one. They provide me the boost I need, especially when I'm feeling I don't have another story to tell. When my fans provide feedback or reviews regardless if those reviews are good or bad, I am encouraged to dig deeper next time for that good story. My fans keep my thoughts fresh.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my third children's book, Micah's Grumpy Day. I hope to have this book available by mid-October 2013.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Tiana Laveen (Slave Master's Son and Naughty Sins of a Saint), Harper Lee (To Kill a Mocking Bird), and Steven King (The Talisman and Thinner).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired to get out of bed each day because I know there is a story awaiting me to tell it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I paint and work on my many websites. Also, I mentor and coach new authors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I read have been recommended by friends and colleagues. Sometimes, I get lucky and just happen across a great title and discover a great story behind that great title.
Published 2013-09-02.
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Books by This Author

Faces~Samantha
Series: Faces Novel Series, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,750. Language: American English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Eight-year old Samantha is a beautiful, biracial girl who has an adoring father, Grayson, a baby brother, Tavis, who worships her, wonderful grandparents and aunt, Carol. What is missing is the affection and love from her mother, Tanya, who struggles to love anyone even herself.
Elijah's Great Race
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 690. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Cars
Elijah runs to the end of the hall. "Look at the RED car, Tata!" He says with excitement. "The BLUE car is faster! Let's race, Tata!" Together Elijah and Tata have a great race. Together they say, "V-room! V-room!"