Claire Gem

Biography

Strong Women, Starting Over
~Redefining Romance~

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of supernatural and romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. She writes about strong, resilient women who won’t give up their quest for a happy-ever-after—and the men lucky enough to earn their love. No helpless, hapless heroines here. These spunky ladies redefine romance, on their terms.

Her paranormal/romantic suspense, HEARTS UNLOCHED, won the 2016 New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. A TAMING SEASON, her contemporary romance, was a Literary Award of Merit finalist in the HOLT Medallion Awards. THE PHOENIX SYNDROME won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest and is a finalist in the 2017 National Reader's Choice Awards.

A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 39 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

You can connect with Claire here:
www.clairegem.com
www.clairegem.wordpress.com
gem.writer@yahoo.com
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1MkKnHJ
Twitter: @gemwriter

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Phoenix Syndrome actually had its roots in an actual experience. I happen to be fan of heavy metal music, and attend concerts regularly in Manhattan, NYC with my brother and his family. We had just seen the Finnish group, Nightwish, and when we got out to the street, my nephew was teasing me about "running off with the roadies." I snapped back, "To hell with the roadies, but I'd run off with that yummy drummer." And so began the idea for The Phoenix Syndrome...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After being contracted by several small publishers, and experiencing frustration, not only with the quality of editing, book cover design, and dismal royalty rates, I decided I could do it better myself. I am a control freak by nature. I am fortunate to have a sister who is a graphic artist, and she designs all my covers. And I did do it better: all three of the books I self published in 2016 either won or made the finals in a major literary competition.
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The Phoenix Syndrome
After she’s bitten by a laboratory mouse, a research technician goes a little crazy, taking off to chase her latest crush: a rock band drummer. Music: http://www.bensound.com/

A Taming Season
A scarred widow heads to her family's lakeside cottage to reboot, restore her life. What she finds is a rundown shack. The sexy, playboy resort owner next door is all to happy to offer her his best cabin. He's also put her on his list as his next fling--the last thing she needs. Or is it?

Books

A Taming Season: A Love at Lake George Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,060. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
At her therapist's advice, a scarred widow heads out of the city to her family's cabin on beautiful Lake George in an attempt to reboot her broken life. What she finds is a crumbling shack. The last thing she needs is to become the target of the sexy playboy next door for his next summer fling—or is it?

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