Claire Buss


Claire Buss is a science fiction, fantasy & contemporary writer based in the UK. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 setting her writing career in motion. The Gaia Effect was published in 2016 and Tales from Suburbia in 2017.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a voracious reader as a child and I remember reading & loving everything Enid Blyton wrote, devouring Swallows & Amazons, Roald Dahl - all the standard childrens books (at the time) I then progressed to my very own library card and being able to empty out the childrens section which led to Young Adult and of course the Science Fiction & Fantasy section.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an idea in my head so I try to use that to focus online image searches. With Tales from Suburbia I actually took my own photo as I couldn't find quite the right thing. I think cover design should be clean & professional looking, eye catching and to some extent reflective of the subject matter.
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Ye Olde Magick Shoppe
Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
From the comic fantasy world of The Rose Thief, we join Ned Spinks, Chief Thief-Catcher and his side-kick, Jenni the sprite, as they deal with an unwanted magick shoppe in the streets of Roshaven.
The Blue Serpent & Other Tales
Price: Free! Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of Flash Fiction stories from author Claire Buss.

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  • Curtain Call on Oct. 01, 2018

    A heartfelt novella Recap: When Jen starts her new job at the theatre she can only hope to meet her idol, Eleanor Francis. Little does she know her whole life is about to change. Review: Love blossoms in an unexpected place in this emotional short story. The characters feel realistic and so the emotion is believable. It's a change of direction for Clepitt but delicately written and heartfelt.
  • Everything is Better With a Cape: The Second Part to I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse on Oct. 01, 2018

    Highly Enjoyable Recap: Kerry is trying to get on with her life after the apocalypse, which hardly anyone else seems to remember, but she is pulled into her girlfriend Sam's world of espionage and intrigue. Together with her spirit guide badger, Kerry gains her very own super powers and sets out to save the day! Review: This is the sequel to I Wore Heels To The Apocalypse which I admit I have not yet read however it is firmly on my TBR pile! A fast paced novel with amusing scenarios and believable character interplay. Cape looks at the adjustment needed to deal with having super powers, as well as how delicate relationships can be. Having a badger spirit guide is genius. I was fortunate enough to be involved with the beta reading stage of this novel and I know how much blood, sweat and tears were poured into this book, a true labour of love. What makes Cape stand out from the crowd is the inclusion of a secondary storyline told through comic strips. It keeps you guessing about what will happen next and how the storylines are connected.