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Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? If we cou...

Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

If we could go back in time to ninth grade we would see the start of this adventure. I had two friends at the time in the small country middle/high school I went to and the three of us used to get together and spin tales. We had lists of groups of fictional boys we liked and would each choose the one we wanted and would have stories about our adventures with them.
This carried on in later years in high school and after I returned to “the big city” (just outside of Boston) where a group of us did something similar. We would each be writing a story set in more or less the same universe (musicians and soap operas were of particular interest at that time) and our characters would intersect and interact. We would copy the pages and read each other’s work. I still have some incomplete notebooks from those long-ago writings. Some of it is, well, not good but some of it is energetic and vibrant, and in its way fun.

I always had an interest in writing, as is evidenced by those early passions and after I relocated to Los Angeles I lost that for a while living the real-life version of meeting musicians. After several years I wanted more and more to get back to writing and started doing it again. I wrote several stories, and even did a few with some friends again, but mostly wrote first drafts of tales that I would write and move on, write and move on, gathering initial drafts but that was it. I finally had this story that just poured out of me (based on a dream as so many of my stories are) and when the first chapter won a contest from a local chapter of Romance Writers of America I was sure I was about to break through. New York Times Bestselling author here I come! 

That story got turned down, and so did the next one. Once again I put aside my writing tools and put my dream on pause. I still called myself a writer, but I wasn’t actively writing any more. I figured what was the use. I did do occasional writing, sometimes for or with friends, but not much. Life got in the way and I let it.

After this went on for a few years writing finally overwhelmed the fear of failure. Those first drafts nagged at me, wanting to get turned into more. I decided just to take one, it didn’t matter which one, and put it out there. I chose the one that had won the contest.
I’d like to say that – tra la – that translated to instant fame and fortune, but no. While I did self pub a few of my early works I then focused on what really sings to me, in the realm of paranormal and fantasy romance. Over the last few years I have worked hard on being a better writer and learning my craft. Each new writing is a new journey and with each one I hope that I improve.

I still have more to learn—I suspect I always will. But today I can, without irony, call myself an author. Nothing changed from the early days except that when I get rejected I allow myself to ache for a little while and then I get back to it. Writing is part crafting the words and part saying “the only way I will fail is to stop.” I remember quite well when I was asked the question of why I stopped from an old boss of mine and I said “I got rejected.” She said “so? You let that stop you?” I did—back then. Not anymore. Today I am a writer, and happy to be that.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I think life ought to come with a soundtrack – that way we’d know if danger was coming up, or if good stuff was about to happen, that sort of thing.

The flip side to that is that my brain automatically always goes to a song that punctuates the actions in my life…and occasionally I will burst out into said song. My friends and co-workers are used to it (I think).

Shifting Auras
The Universe Chronicles Book 1
by Claire Davon
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.

She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.

Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.

But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.

Tracking Shadows
The Universe Chronicles Book 2

Since the day Jiana Falco was forced to join the paranormal agency Night Stars, she’s been planning her escape. She uses her bodyguard’s split-second of distraction to vanish into the shadows, and burns the last bridge by saving Quillan Hardis.

But now, locked in Quillan’s muscular arms, pinned by his calculating amber gaze, his invisibility talent shielding them both, she’s in even deeper trouble. If that’s possible.

Quillan didn’t get to Universe Corps’ highest echelons by being a fool. The rare shadow manipulator in his grip is too easy a prize to be anything but a setup. A pretty lure he should send back to Night Stars. Instead, he holds on—and in changing her fate, he seals his own.

Under a secret order to unlock her untapped power—by any means necessary—Quillan takes Jiana on the run with only a precog’s vague direction, and a spark of desire that blooms into something warm and genuine. But her fear of being clawed back into Night Stars’ control could drive Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing will get her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.

But her fear of Night Stars could drives Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing can lead her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.

Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. Growing up, she used to write stories with her friends. As a teenager she started out reading fantasy and science fiction, but her diet quickly changed to romance and happily-ever-after’s. A native of Massachusetts and cold weather, she left all that behind to move to the sun and fun of California, but has always lived no more than twenty miles from the ocean.

In college she studied acting with a minor in creative writing. In hindsight she should have flipped course studies. Before she was published, she sold books on eBay and discovered some of her favorite authors by sampling the goods, which was the perfect solution. Claire has many book-irons in the fire, most notably her urban fantasy series, The Elementals’ Chalaalenge series, but writes contemporary and shifter romances as well as.
While she’s not a movie mogul or actor, she does work in the film industry with her office firmly situated in the 90210 district of Hollywood. Prone to break out into song, she is quick on feet and just as quick with snappy dialogue. In addition to writing she does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.

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  1. The paranormal twist in Shifting Auras is enticing! The cover model is stunning!

  2. Seems a little bit like the auras don't know which way they going, I like the concept.

  3. Sounds wonderful - thanks for sharing :)

  4. The covers look real nice I like them

  5. I'm really intrigued by the concept! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Cover looks great and the story sounds really interesting!


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