Claire Buss

Publisher info

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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Where to buy in print

Series

Little Book
The Little Book series is a collection of poetry books by award-winning author and poet Claire Buss. Claire's poetry reflects on life as a mum, the emotional interplay of life and her satirical observations of the world around her. Each collection is themed and each book is a lovely addition for any lover of poetry.

Books

The Gaia Collection, Books 1-3
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 187,980. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Gaia Collection is a trilogy about family, friends and survival against all odds. If you like thought-provoking, compelling and unique stories then you’ll love Claire Buss’s hopeful dystopian books.
Flashing Here & There
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Award-winning author Claire Buss brings you twenty eclectic flash fiction stories and tales with no more than 1000 words maximum.
The Bone Thief
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,380. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The Spice Ghosts have descended on Roshaven accusing Jenni of stealing their sacred bones and are threatening to destroy the city if they are not returned but Jenni the sprite has no idea what they’re talking about.
The Silk Thief
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,060. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Roshaven empire hangs in the balance in this humorous fantasy romp as the scheming villain plots to steal trade, crown and empress while our heroes scramble to thwart his dastardly plan...
Little Book of Christmas (Little Book Series, #8)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Female authors
Little Book of Christmas is the eighth poetry collection in the Little Book Series.
Little Book of Autumn (Little Book Series, #7)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Take a moment to appreciate the warmth of fall with this collection of twenty-five autumnal poems from award-winning author Claire Buss.
The Interspecies Poker Tournament
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,170. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The Interspecies Poker Tournament, is a humorous fantasy novella following the adventures of Chief Thief-Catcher Ned Spinks and his second-in-command Jenni, a prequel to The Rose Thief. If you loved Terry Pratchett's Discworld, you'll love Roshaven.
The Rose Thief
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,370. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
If you like Terry Pratchett's Discworld then you'll love the humourous fantasy Roshaven series.
The Gaia Solution, #3 in The Gaia Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,780. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A new environmental crisis now threatens everyone's survival. Kira and her friends have made it to City 50 but are they finally safe?
The Gaia Project, #2 in The Gaia Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,730. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Can Kira and her friends find a safe place to live or will Corporation win and take their children?
The Gaia Effect, #1 in The Gaia Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,080. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
When Kira’s friends begin to fall pregnant, they discover Corporation has been deliberately sterilising the citizens of City 42 and lying about the danger beyond the wall. Will they be allowed to keep their babies? Are they safe if they leave?
Little Book of Love (Little Book Series, #6)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Female authors
Little Book of Love is the sixth poetry collection in the Little Book Series by Claire Buss.
Little Book of Winter (Little Book Series, #5)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2019. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
A collection of wintry poems from award-winning author Claire Buss.
Tales from the Seaside
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,790. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A collection of humorous short stories offering light entertainment.
Spooky Little Book, (Little Book Series, #4)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2019. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Claire Buss’s Spooky Little Book is a collection of Halloween-themed poetry celebrating everything spine-tingling and scary. Hide behind the sofa, watch out for the monsters under the bed and stock up on candy – you’re going to need it!
Little Book of Summer, (Little Book Series, #3)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2019. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Frothy and light poems on the joys of summertime from award-winning author Claire Buss.
Little Book of Spring, (Little Book Series, #2)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2019. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Inspired by NaPoWriMo, this collection of thirty poems will delight readers with playful and personal poems exploring the ups and downs of motherhood with plenty of humour mixed in.
Haunted
Price: Free! Words: 31,920. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.00 from 1 review)
Join us on a pumpkin spiced, ghost-riddled, spooky journey amongst the imaginations of fifteen horrifyingly excellent indie-authors. Let them take you on a candle-lit journey through the minds of the depraved, departed and desperate as they treat you to their haunting tales. Lock the doors, close the curtains and don’t turn off the light!
Little Book of Verse (Little Book Series, #1)
Series: Little Book. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2019. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
A collection of both humorous and sincerely heartfelt poems from award-winning author Claire Buss.
Ye Olde Magick Shoppe
Price: Free! Words: 6,000. 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.
Tales from Suburbia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of short stories, plays and blog posts that take a humorous look at life in the suburbs.

Smashwords book reviews by Claire Buss

  • 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.