Interview with S.W. Clemens

When did you first start writing?
I've been a voracious reader since age 7, and started writing fiction when I was 13. I wrote my first novel when I was 21. Finding no publisher for my fiction, I switched to journalism, writing more than 500 articles on wine, food and travel over the next two decades, before returning to fiction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Evelyn Marsh, was a Kindle Scout Winner, and was published by Kindle Press in March, 2017. It's a why-done-it and how-done-it, instead of a who-done-it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lack of success finding an agent. I'd written several novels and contacted more than 100 agents looking for representation. I couldn't even get an agent to read my work. Finally fed up, I decided to make my work available by publishing myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process of writing, choosing the right word, constructing sentences, connecting one sentence seamlessly with the next. But the greatest joy comes when the muse takes over and presents me with an unexpected situation or character who insists on being heard. Then I just sit back and watch the scene unfold spontaneously.
What do your fans mean to you?
A story is incomplete until it finds its readers. At its core, fiction exists as a conduit for the author to communicate with the reader. Without an audience any creative work has failed in its primary purpose. Only readers can validate an author's effort. So fans of my books are precious to me. They make the solitary work gratifying.
What are you working on next?
It would be simpler if I wrote in one genre, but my muse doesn't care to repeat herself. She tells the story that needs to be written. So my next novel will explore the dreams of a few inhabitants of Rum Beach. The stories are still evolving, but there will be a bit of mystery and a bit of romance, and a bit of philosophy.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to mention, but I'll give you a few: To start with contemporary authors, Alexander McCall Smith, Susanna Kearsley, Karen White, Diana Gabaldon, Rhys Bowen, Martin Walker, Ann Patchett, JoJo Moyes, Helen Simonson, Stephen King, Christopher Moore, Jesse Walter, John Irving, Philip Roth and a host of others. Long gone but still appreciated, Charles Dickens, Alexander Dumas, Daphne du Maurier, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Roald Dahl, John Cheever.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sheer joy of being alive and being grateful for the gift of time. Life is a wonderful mystery.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, biking, running on the beach, hanging out with some very creative neighbors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon, Bookshout, the fussy librarian, Goodreads, Bookbub, Kindle Scout etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother made a promise when I was just a toddler that she would buy me any book I wanted. I started with Little Golden Books when I was less than five. But the first real book I read was Carry On Mr. Bowditch when I was seven-years-old. It inspired me to join the Weekly Reader Book Club, and in the years since I've never stopped reading. I've read more than 1,200 novels to date.
Published 2017-04-15.
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With Artistic License
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 127,120. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
If fortune is a moving target, so is love in this dark Romantic Comedy of paradise lost and paradise regained. Curtis Cooke thought he had it all: a beautiful wife, a home in suburbia, and a prestigious job. But all of that is about to change, as Curtis finds himself confronting the twin disasters of a dissolving marriage and a global financial meltdown.