An Interview with Author, Claire Buss
It's been awhile since I've featured a guest author, but never fear, I have one for you today. I met Claire Buss during an online fantasy writing event. When she offered to interview authors for her blog, I reciprocated. She lives in the UK, so I thought it would be interesting to hear about her writing during lockdown experience. (Note: I kept the British spelling of several words to maintain authenticity in her story.)
About Claire Buss
Claire has written quite a few books including The Gaia Effect which won the 2017 Raven Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her series include The Gaia Collection and The Roshaven Books. She hosts an interview blog, A Slice of Cake, and is the Deputy Editor for Write On! magazine.
Tell Us About Your Writing Journey in 2020
My writing plan for 2020 was to finish the second book in my humorous fantasy series, The Silk Thief. My husband threw the first spanner in the works by asking me why I was putting myself under fake pressure by giving myself a deadline. Surely it didn’t matter when I finished writing, and I should do what I could, when I could. Deciding to be kind to myself, I took his advice and threw my deadlines out the window. I would write when I could. It would be great. I’d finish my book.
What Did Happen?When we first heard there was a terrible virus out there, it seemed surreal. Things started to close. Slowly at first, as everyone was unsure what exactly was happening. People began wearing face masks, which horrified me. I had a panic attack the first time I wore one because I couldn’t breathe. Obviously, I’ve got the hang of them now.
There were initial panic moments when the supermarket shelves emptied, and I couldn’t buy the usual food or provisions. My son is autistic. He won't touch certain foods, It's hard to give him alternative brands if the colour, taste or texture isn’t exactly the same. Plus, I needed pullups for him at night. They were like gold dust.
How Did You Get Back on Track?Throughout the entire experience, I kept saying to myself, this is not going to last. The kids will be back at school before we know it. Everything will go back to normal. Only it didn’t. The period of uncertainty continued to get longer and longer and longer. My inability to do any creative work continued.
To be honest, I kept telling myself, my life hadn’t really changed all that much. I’m a stay at home mum who is just really staying at home. I’m self-employed and work from home, and now I’m just trying to do that whilst entertaining two children all day long.
I burned out with worry and working late into the night for Write On! I made the decision to get ahead of myself with the day job and take a full two weeks off over Christmas. I would do no writing work – no new words, no editing, no marketing. Nothing. And I would try and get some sleep and not eat too many mince pies.
What Did Deadlines Do For You?
Have Things Opened Up in the UK yet?
Where Can We Find Your Books?
What is The Rose Thief About?Ned Spinks, Chief Thief-Catcher has a problem. Someone is stealing the Emperor's roses. But that's not the worst of it. In his infinite wisdom and grace, the Emperor magically imbued his red rose with love so if it was ever removed from the Imperial Rose Gardens then love will be lost, to everyone, forever. It's up to Ned and his band of motley catchers to apprehend the thief and save the day. But the thief isn't exactly who they seem to be, neither is the Emperor. Ned and his team will have to go on a quest defeating vampire mermaids, illusionists, estranged family members and an evil sorcerer in order to win the day. What could possibly go wrong?
If you want to know more about Claire and what she's working on, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter and catch up with her on Facebook.