Fifteen quick questions answered by a writer:
Name: Sheila Claydon
Best beach memory: The first time I saw
Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower, South Wales. It was the mid 1970s and until then I had only experienced the overcrowded holiday beaches of the south coast, so the sight of something so deserted and tranquil was breathtaking. I have visited lots of other beautiful beaches since then but nothing has beaten the sudden rush of pleasure I experienced all those years ago.
One guilty pleasure: Reading when I should be doing housework
Dream car: It was a Mazda MX5 in racing bronze! I owned it for 4 years but I sold it when my first granddaughter arrived. I exchanged glamour and excitement for the safety of a hardtop plus space for a baby seat! It was a fair swop though.
Three of your favorite things:
- Hearing the first lark song of spring
- A wood full of bluebells
- An almost deserted beach at the end of a hot summer’s day
(I get to experience all these things every year right on my own doorstep. You have just made me realize how lucky I am)
Worst non-writing job you ever had: Stacking cheese in a warehouse (don’t ask!)
Book you are reading right now: The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs: It’s a really intriguing book
Preference, print or ebook: I like both. Which one I use depends what I am doing. Now that I have a kindle I find that I read even more than I used to.
Favorite place to write: Anywhere as long as I have my computer
Biggest writing challenge: Time. There’s never enough of it.
Genre you write: Mainly sweet romance although I am experimenting with romantic suspense as well. I have also just finished my first children’s book.
Current work in progress: I am at the beginning of my Pathways series: three books about three sisters. Each book will concentrate on one of them. The trilogy/sisters idea isn’t a new one, but I hope that the twist to my stories is. I am very excited about it.
One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on
: Although I’m a bit worried that if I am sipping a Mai Tai I might not be able to have a sensible conversation, it would have to be Stephen King! Yes, you did hear it right. He’s far from a classical writer and I know he’s a long way from romance, but if you have ever read his book A Memoir of the Craft you would know why I would like to meet him. Even readers who don’t enjoy horror stories agree that he has a wonderful way with words. I also think he is a fantastic observer of the human spirit. Waikiki Beach
Favorite quote or saying: “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey
When my children were small I wrote around naptime and school pick up. Four published romances and a poetry prize later, life choices meant that I turned my back on fiction and rejoined the corporate world. I was still writing but this time for marketing, PR, annual reports, newsletters and projects. I worked in health, education and employment for more than 20 years and, although not always welcome, those years definitely made me a sharper writer. Now I have returned to fiction I am better at editing, better at revision, and much, much less precious about my prose. Fortunately the whispering characters in my imagination waited for me too.
In my earlier writing career I used the pseudonym Anne Beverley (Golden Girl, Bouquet of Thorns, The
Hollywood Collection, Empty Hearts). Now that I am no longer shy, I write under my own name.
Accident Prone (Dec 2011) Avalon Books http://www.amazon.com/Accident-Avalon-Romance-SheilaClaydon/dp/0803476159
Cabin Fever (March 2012) Books-We-Love
When I’m not travelling, I live and walk on the
north west coast of with my husband and my neurotic dog. England
Come an visit me at my blog on http://www.sheilaclaydon.com