|Claire Huston - Author|
Hello Claire – I’m so pleased you were keen to appear as a guest on the blog. And it’s always a pleasure to make contact with fellow authors when it comes to sharing news about books. But before we discover more about your debut novel Art and Soul, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.
Arabella: We all love the creativity of writing – otherwise we wouldn’t spend hours at a keyboard pounding away in the hope someone will read and enjoy our novels. But what do you like most about our craft?
The editing and proofreading, the author/reader relationship, promotional book signings, or is there something else that has you hooked to the world of books?
Claire: I know many authors hate it, but I quite enjoy the editing stage. Making changes to existing writing isn’t usually as difficult as filling the blank page. And, after the book is out in the world, it’s wonderful when someone tells you they enjoyed it! Knowing you’ve created a few hours of happy escapism for others is a terrific feeling.
Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your debut novel, Art and Soul?
Claire: It all began with me misremembering something from Marlowe’s version of Doctor Faustus. I had got it into my head that at some point in the play Mephistopheles expresses sorrow for Faustus, and then I wondered what would happen in a version of the story in which the demon grows fond of his master over the years he’s serving him. It was a (relatively) short imaginative journey from there to a story about a highly capable woman (who isn’t a demon or supernatural in any way) working to realise the dreams of a man (who isn’t a Faustian megalomaniac) and falling in love with him along the way.
My working title for the drafts of the book was Modern Mephistopheles, although obviously that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, hence why the book is called Art and Soul.
To give you an idea of what Art and Soul is about, here’s a short blurb…
An expert at solving other people’s problems, single mum Becky is hired to help artist Charlie get out of his creative slump. But when she starts falling for her client, will she be able to fix her own love life?
Arabella: Some authors cannot work without a business planner, others cannot write without an editing app… Are there any “essentials” you need to help your writing move forward?
Claire: After a while, staring at a white screen trying to force inspiration to strike stops being productive. I’ve always enjoyed writing by hand and love a nice notebook and pen (I’m a big fan of beautiful stationery!). Going back to “analogue” writing methods has often helped me solve a problem in a story or move a scene forward when I’ve been stuck.
Arabella: If the person of your dreams, (husband/wife/partner/or superstar), were to take you out for the night, where would they take you and what would you do?
Claire: This is going to be such a boring answer. Sorry! As a mum of two small people, I very rarely get to go out anywhere. So if my husband and I were child-free for an evening, I would like to go to a quiet restaurant and eat all my dessert myself without having to share it. Then I’d love to go to the cinema. I used to go to the movies a lot and hope to be back there at least once a week once the kids leave home!
Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you would like to share to “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?
Claire: Prepare yourself for rejection and criticism. Writing is an incredibly subjective business. You may have written the story of the century, but not everyone is going to like it. If you don’t believe this, visit Amazon or Goodreads and check out some of the negative reviews for all-time classics and huge best-sellers. It will make you feel better!
However, this also means that you shouldn’t give up if you get a few negative comments or a handful of rejections. If you’ve received positive feedback about your writing and you believe in your story, keep going!
Thank you for featuring me and Art and Soul!
Claire, it was lovely to have you as a guest on the blog and I hope you continue to enjoy your fetish desire for beautiful stationery.
All the best for your debut release: Art and Soul and wishing you lots more happy-ever-after writing.
About Claire Huston
|Claire Huston - Author|
Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. Art and Soul is her first novel.
A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.
Book Blurb: Art and Soul
There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…
Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.
So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.
Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky and Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?
Art and Soul is Claire Huston’s debut novel and it was published in ebook and paperback on 23rd April 2020.
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