Friday, August 15, 2014

Author Interview: A Portal in Time by Claire Fullerton

A Portal in Time
Claire Fullerton

Genre: Paranormal/Historical Romance
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Date of Publication: November 30, 2013
Number of pages: 192
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee/For the Muse Designs

Book Description:
When we are inexplicably drawn to love and a particular place, is it coincidence, or have we loved before?

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California's Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madiera Hotel. Everything about the hotel and Carmel-By-The-Sea heightens her senses and speaks to Anna as if she had been there before.

As Anna's memory unravels the puzzle, she is drawn into a past that's eerily familiar and a life she just may have lived before.

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MRP would like to extend a very warm welcome to Claire Fullerton, author of A Portal in Time. Claire, who or what most influenced you to become a writer?
I have e a natural born appreciation for the character and nuances of people, as well as the desire to share that appreciation. Further, being raised in the South (Memphis) was like a tutorial in how to tell a story. I find Southerners incredibly engaging in their colorful, exaggerated way of talking; they aim to enthrall and entertain!

If you were to be left alone on an island, what three books would you take with you?
Pat Conroy’s “The Prince of Tides,” John Knowles “A Separate Peace,” and Lisa Carey’s “The Mermaids Singing.”

What are your most and least favorite movie genres?
I’ve never liked action-adventure: all brawn and not enough brains!  I like character intensive movies, the ones that show us humanity with all its beauty and edges.

If you could choose any man for your next book cover, who would he be?
My next novel takes place in rural Ireland, so the black-Irish looks of the actor Johnathan Rhys-Meyer would be perfect.

When you are on a deadline, what aspect of your ‘regular’ life suffers most?
I prepare for deadlines by creating space, but if anything suffers, I think it’d be my involvement with our two dogs, who are seriously demanding of my attention.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Have faith in your story and write the first draft as best you can. The real work comes when you review and edit your first draft, then it all gets easier as you continue to go over it and over it repeatedly. Know there is a reason you feel compelled to write; do so with the courage of conviction and enjoy the process.

What advice would you give seasoned writers?
Never forget writing is a growth process which seeks a higher level.

When reading for pleasure, do you prefer a physical or electronic book?
Definitely physical.

From the first stroke of a pen (or laptop), how long did it take you get published?
I’d been published in magazines (poetry and women’s magazines) and had my own weekly newspaper column wherein I told stories in the first person about my life in Malibu.  Many years ago, I wrote a novel that takes place in rural Ireland, but after sending queries to agents looking for representation, very little was happening! I decided to try my hand at another genre—to write a book I would love to read, so I wrote “A Portal in Time” and was lucky enough to find a publisher who understood my vision. I was offered a contract three months after I submitted the manuscript, and now that Irish novel ( having been substantially reworked!) will be out by the same publisher in March of 2015.

Did you ever feel like calling it quits?
No, I am dedicated, patient and willing to say that writing is a growth process if one stays the course.

What did you do when you got your first contract?
I learned all I could about promotions and sat down to revise my second novel.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Claire. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with A Portal in Time.

About the Author:

Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal/Historical Romance, “A Portal in Time.”  Her second novel, “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” set in Connemara, Ireland, will be published in March, 2015.  Claire is a contributor to numerous magazines as well as a multiple contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. She is a multiple award winning essayist, a former major-market radio disc jockey, and an avid ballet dancer.  Claire hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently divides her time between Malibu and Carmel, California with her husband and two German shepherds!

Author Links:
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