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Guest Author- Claudia Lefeve


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*Photo of Claudia by Chip Deyerle
Claudia Lefeve  Keep Calm and Answer These 25 Questions 
 
  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Obviously not, since I had to look up the word! But in truth, no. I think books are greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve read a lot of books where the writing could’ve been better, but had a fantastic story and vice-versa — great wordsmith, lousy story. 
  2. What is your favorite color? I love all colors except for red. It totally washes me out. I wear a lot of bright colors!
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Brownsville, TX, smack dab on the Mexican border and several miles from South Padre Island. It was certainly an interesting place to grow up! 
  4. What is your favorite football team? I’m not much of an NFL fan, but I have to say the Washington Redskins or my husband will kill me. And my beloved Texas Aggies! 
  5. Who is your favorite author? I read about 4-5 books a week, so I have no idea who I’d consider a favorite. 
  6. What is your favorite book? If a book can evoke an emotion in me, whether its laughing out loud, or crying at the end, I’d consider it a favorite. 
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? I am a self-prophessed TV junkie. When I’m not reading or writing, I watch a lot of TV and endless amounts of shows on Netflix. 
  8. Do you have a day job as well? I left my secure government (with a pension!) full-time job over a year ago to pursue writing full-time. I kept my part-time job at NVCC as an adjunct, teaching criminal justice (I teach two classes a semester). 
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Keep writing and stop being “aspiring”: just do it! And for those who have already published their first book, start writing the second! 
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? I like to look at storytelling as a gift. My great-great-grandmother and great-grandmother were said to have had visitors travel from miles away come to their home to hear them spin their tales. I guess I got it from them! 
  11. Where do you write? I set up our den as my office and I normally write there. But I try to split my time between my home office and various coffee shops. 
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I think I’m one of the few writers I know who don’t/can’t write to music. It’s very distracting for me (I start singing and dancing), so I generally have the TV on in the background. I have a small TV on my desk and usually have Buffy the Vampire Slayer streaming on Netflix. 
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Lots of cafe mochas! That and regular ol’ coffee and diet coke. Buying an espresso machine was one of the best investments I every made. 
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Being taken seriously, especially from family and friends. Because I chose to publish under my own imprint many think I’m not a “real” author, but my fans and bank balance say otherwise… In fact, I rarely promote or mention my books to friends or family members, except for my parents, who are very supportive. 
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? From start to finish, it usually takes me about four months to finish a book (less, if I didn’t slack off as much as I do). I generally publish two books a year.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? I have no idea. But I can tell you who I’d like to see direct: Joss Whedon for my Travelers Series and Robert Rodriguez for my new series, Darkly Beings
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? I think there’s a little bit of me in my characters, so I’d like to say we’d be friends. 
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? Like everyone else, I blog, post on Facebook, etc. I’m a fan of Twitter, but I rarely talk about my books. I also do blog tours and have a great relationship with some of the best YA book bloggers who like to pimp out my books. But what’s worked for me is having the first book in my series perma-free on Amazon and iTunes. It allows readers to take a chance on me and my writing and it ultimately leads to sales for my other books. 
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? When I published my first book, I was fanatic about reading reviews. Now, not so much. I hardly ever look at my reviews. It’s all subjective (when a fan of erotica decides that YA sci-fi isn’t for her and writes a poor review, I can’t really take that to heart can I?). That said, I think at the beginning, the only complaint was editing. I had initial issues with finding the right editor, but I have been working with the one I have now for awhile and I haven’t had anyone complain since! 
  20. What has been the best compliment? I get a lot of emails from young readers that tell me that they don’t normally like to read, but love my books.Once I had a woman tell me she missed work in order to read the second book in my series the day it was released! 
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Pure imagination on my part, with the exception of setting. My Travelers Series is set in Northern Virginia (Alexandria where I lived for 10 years), and while my new book Darkly Beings is set in a fictional town in Texas, it was written to mirror my experiences growing up in South Texas. 
  22. How did you come up with the title? They just come to me.
  23. Will there be a sequel? All my books are set up as a series, so yes!
  24. What project are you working on now? I am finishing up my fourth book, Darkly Beings, the first in a new series, and as soon as it’s published (sometime late August), I will start to finish the fourth book in the Travelers Series, Parameter
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? What’s your favorite genre? I love horror! While my books are primarily YA paranormal/speculative fiction, I write a lot of horror shorts and have been included in several horror anthologies over the years. I have one short story being published this fall in Coffin Hop: Death by Drive-In, which will include horror shorts from some of the best indie-horror writers around. 
Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Question Everything! 
 
Twitter: @claudialefeve

 

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8 Comments

  1. Great interview. I love Claudia’s “Travelers” series and she’s a great person to brainstorm with on the writing and promoting processes.
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  2. Whoa, someone missed work to get your book? That’s the best compliment a writer could ever ask for! I love that picture by the way, very, very cute!

    I had to look up logophile as well. But now I never forget what it means :)
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    • I know, right! And thanks for thinking my pic is cute. Thanks to a great photographer and hair dye, I look 20 years younger (hard to believe Im closer to 40 than 30)!

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had to look it up! LOL
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  3. Great list of questions, Kristy.
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