Interview with Regan Claire, author of Igniting Spirit!

January 5, 2016

Why did you become a writer?


I don’t know that there is a “why” to it. It’s just part of who I am. Haha, I’ve always been a storyteller. The adventures my barbies used to go on… well, I think writing is just an extension of that. I suppose you can say I became a writer because it is something I always felt I was meant to do. When I started following a path my life wasn’t supposed to go down, writing was my map back to me.


What inspires you to write?


Everything. I mean that in the cliche artistic “inspiration is all around you” type of way, but I’ll also say that my daughters are constant inspiration — and they are my everything.


When did you find yourself taking your craft seriously?


It was nearly three years ago now. I was floundering. I’d been breaking, chip by chip over the last several years and was only beginning to realize something was wrong. I was so lost, I didn’t even remember what my path was supposed to look like anymore. My second daughter had just been born, I was new to the whole “stay at home mom” thing, and this idea to write had been nagging at me for a while. I’d attempted a few times to sit down and finish one of my many works in progress, but I never did. It came to a point, after sitting at home and being unhappy without knowing why, that I finally decided to do something. Writing was always my dream for “someday” and I was sick of waiting for it. I wanted my daughters to grow up with a self-fulfilled mother. I wanted to be the role model for happiness that I knew they needed. So, I did it.


How many books have you written, and what are their titles? What literary projects are you working on today?


I released my third book, Igniting Spirit, this past October. It followed Gathering Water and Tempering Earth as the finish of a trilogy. This first series is Coming of Age, or YA Fantasy. I have a few stories I’m working on now — my muse has been distracted by the holidays and shiny new projects — but I have an epic low fantasy, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and a contemporary romance currently fighting for exclusive rights to my attention.


Who is your favorite character from your book(s), and why?


While I love Della, the main character of my series, it’s really Cash who I adore the most. He is bossy and immature at times, but so loyal and sees the world with an innocence that I think is too rare in this world. He’s the epitome of goofball, and I kinda put him through a lot in this series. I plan on revisiting this world in the future, and I most look forward to developing Cash further and seeing how he has evolved after everything that has happened.


Alexander would be my second favorite, and for completely different reasons. The world can keep changing, but Alex will always stay the same. Hilarious, but in such a dry way that only Della ever notices his humor.


Where do you get your story ideas?


Have you seen August Rush? I’m hearing his little boy voice saying “Music is all around us.” That how it is with stories. There is a story in everything, you just need to dive into that rabbit hole and find it.


What genres do you write in, and what would you like to write in the future?


Right now, most of my stories are fantasy in some way or another. I’d love to delve into Sci-Fi, but I get obsessive over world building and research and could easily see myself become a crazy loon who sneaks into astrophysics lectures with a notebook and ten dictionaries. I don’t have the time for that level of crazy right now. Maybe when the kids are in college...


What has been your greatest accomplishment as a writer?


Publishing the last book in my trilogy.


Biggest challenge?


Writing the last book in my trilogy. This year was HARD.


How do you deal with writer's block?


I let my Muse play with other creative outlets. Giant coloring pages seem to do the trick right now, couple with reading one of my comfort reads.


How do you handle marketing? What has worked?


Long talks with a close friend and marketing guru (Stormy Smith, for those wondering)... then, in true Regan fashion, doing about 10% of what we discuss.


What hasn't worked for marketing?


Only doing 10% of what I know I need to do for a successful marketing plan… haha. Marketing isn’t my forte, but I do know that the more work you put into it, the higher the payoff for it. What doesn’t work is doing next-to-nothing and expecting miracles.


What's next for you?


I will be figuring out which book to finish, and finishing it. Hopefully a release in late winter or early spring.


What do you want readers to know about you?


I’m random. I’m a nerd. So if you see any random nerdy things, go post it on my Facebook. Haha (do it, though).


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Sure. Feel free to visit my website, check me out on Amazon, or send me a message! And thank you for having me!!

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