Author Guest Post With Claire Gillian

Claire Gillian has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, The P.U.R.E.

 About The Author:

Claire Gillian is a number-crunching executive by profession, an after hours writer by passion, and a darkly romantic curmudgeon. Published in short stories and anthologies, The P.U.R.E marks Claire’s official, and debut, transition to the publication of her work in novel form.

While Claire’s writing spans all ages and subject matters, she’s happiest penning romance drenched in humor with a dash of intrigue and loads of spice.

Claire lives in the boggy Pacific NW with her husband and two teen-aged sons.

Find Claire Gillian on the Web:
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 Guest Post:
Thanks, Lucy for having me on your blog today!
Since my novel has been published, I’ve often been asked, “Did you always want to be a writer?” and, “Why did you become a writer?”
Thus far my answers have been more along the lines of, “Oh I dunno, it always seemed a little like a pipe dream really. But one day I decided to try, and that went okay, so the next day I tried a little harder, and so forth and so on.” 
That is,, in many respects, the truth. If I cast back years before I picked up a pen, writing a novel that others would buy seemed as likely as qualifying for the Olympics. Winning a medal remains analogous to producing a New York Times’ bestseller, so we won’t go that far.
If I cast back four years ago, all I knew was I had an insane fascination with a certain television show and a wild imagination that needed an outlet. I wrote to create the stories I wanted to see enacted on that show. I wrote about what I wanted the characters to do. I wrote fan fiction, gasp, not because I wanted to be a writer, but because I was not a good actress, and writing was something I could do to indulge my fantasies.
Fan fiction is not saleable, at least it shouldn’t be, which means it is out there for readers to enjoy for free. The fan fiction community I was a part of was very supportive. With such a foolproof safety net below me, I posted my first writings for others to see. Reactions were favorable enough to spur me down my own creative path, though my first regrettable novel did borrow one of the actors from my favorite television show.
That was in late 2008. National Novel Writing Month occurs each November and my handful of scenes began to tell a larger story. Could I write fifty thousand words in thirty days? Right after Thanksgiving I started, with the goal of penning my fifty thousandth word before the end of the year. THAT’S when I became a writer…a very bad one, though I didn’t realize it at the time.
Recognizing I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing came one slap in the face at a time. The main thing, the only thing, that kept me returning again and again (“thank you sir, may I have another”) were the tidbits of praise. Even when scolded for info-dumps, bad grammar, sloppy punctuation and, head hopping, the one constant scrap of reward was, “Great voice!” Never mind it was always followed by, “But…” I wasn’t exactly sure what “great voice” meant, but the “great” part got my attention.
They say the best training technique is variable reward, meaning you don’t reward every correct behavior, only random ones. Variable reward is why gambling is so addictive. It’s also why I have worked so hard since finishing that first god-awful novel in 2009. To say I crave rewards for good writing is entirely accurate.
To say I write because I have a churning imagination that hates the vacuum of a world without my stories is also true.
I’m still learning and improving, and thus being a writer is not an achievement but a way of life. Anyone can choose to live this way. Very few of us can survive this way, but most of us would love to be able to do so. I’m certainly no exception.
Thanks again, Lucy, for giving me the opportunity to “talk” to your readers.
 The P.U.R.E.:
Title: The P.U.R.E.
Author: Claire Gillian
Publication Date: April 16, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing

No one ever said Gayle Lindley’s first job would be a killer.

Fresh out of college, Gayle’s career path should follow the yellow brick road straight to the top. Thanks to a menial errand gone wrong, a wayward tongue, and a randy supervisor who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, Gayle’s stuck in corporate hell.

Discovering a company secret only turns up the heat.

The one part of her life not going down in flames is her friendship with the gorgeous but intensely private, Jon Cripps. Jon would make the perfect consolation prize for Gayle’s pity party if dating a co-worker wasn’t career suicide. Then again, with all Gayle has been through, maybe falling in love is the lucky break she needs.

Hitting the cool sheets with Jon soothes her mind and body, but it also enrages whoever’s behind the smokescreen she’s uncovered at work. Someone is willing to kill to protect their secrets, and Gayle and Jon are the targets.

With both her heart and livelihood at stake, Gayle’s early career-limiting moves could turn into life-terminating ones.

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Thanks to the wonderful
J. Taylor Publishing
, I have 1 ebook copy of this novel to giveaway here on my blog!

***Open To Everyone!***
Giveaway policies:
  • To Enter: Please leave a comment indicating why you want to read this novel and leave your e-mail address.
  • This giveaway ends on May 15, 2012
  • This giveaway is open to those 13 years of age or older. 
  • All giveaway winners will be announced on the blog.
  • I can disqualify any entry as I see fit. 
  • I will use to select the winners.
  • Once the winners have been notified, they will have 24 hours to confirm their interest otherwise new winners will be selected.

Winner: Dawn

Happy reading until next time!