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Which book should everyone read?
Claire: Oooh, tough one, there are so many! I'm going to say Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, THE Gothic novel. I love the story behind it, about Mary and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, spending a summer with Lord Byron on the shore of Lake Geneva. It was a stormy evening and the group of friends challenged each other to write a scary story – it was the birth of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. It shows what a simple challenge can lead to and is a thrilling read.
Tim: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki because it opens your eyes to how the world really works.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Claire: You should read it because it is motivating and inspiring, and because you will learn tips from the masters.
Tim: If you're thinking of publishing a book, or you want your current book to sell better, the ideas in Interviews with Indie Authors will really inspire you.
How do you react to a bad review?
Claire: If it's quite personal and attacking then I get upset, but I count my blessings and move on. You can't please everyone.
Tim: I ignore bad reviews.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Claire: D H Lawrence, Jane Austen, Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King.
Tim: Douglas Adams and Isaac Asimov.
What was your favorite children's book?
Claire: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Tim: The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
Claire: The Australian soaps “Neighbours” and “Home and Away”
Tim: The same
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Claire: Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Jesus, Robert Dudley (Elizabeth I's favourite) and Elizabeth I.
Tim: Jay Abraham, Prince, Kylie Minogue, Arthur C. Clarke and R. Buckminster Fuller.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Claire: Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough
Night owl, or early bird?
Claire: Night owl
Tim: Early bird, but I end up burning the candle at both ends!
One food you would never eat?
Claire: Dessicated coconut
Tim: Brussel sprouts
Skittles or M&Ms?
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Claire: When I was eleven, we did a project on islands and part of it was to write a story about an island. I did a Famous Five type story and instead of writing a page, like the rest of my class, I wrote over twenty and had it published in the school magazine. My teacher told me that one day I would be a famous writer and I have held on to those words ever since.
Tim: I'm not a writer, my role is layout, formatting, graphic design and I also set up and manage websites related to the books.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Claire: I am blown away whenever I read emails from readers telling me how much they've enjoyed my writing and I also loved getting to the 25,000 sales mark in just over six months.
Tim: How helpful the authors we interviewed for Interviews with Indie Authors have been. They were so giving of their time and advice, and have been a huge support.
What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Claire: Never stop learning and never stop writing.
Tim: It's very easy to procrastinate and worry about every single little detail of your book. Although it's good to have a plan, it will undoubtedly change as soon as you start writing. Just get on with it and worry about the details later.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Claire: Sandra Bullock because she always plays quirky, fun characters.
Tim: Ewan McGregor because he seems to be a similar character to me.
What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Claire: Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield talk about the power of focus and I have found that when I focus on things then everything comes together and is successful.
Tim: “It aint what you do, it's the way that you do it”!
Which authors have influenced you most? How?
Claire: CJ Lyons. Her thrillers are brilliant and she gives great advice for aspiring authors.
Tim: Jay Abraham
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Claire: Shower, have breakfast, answer emails, write blog posts, write for book projects, help Tim with lunch, eat lunch, write and help children with homework, eat tea, spend time with the children, put children to bed then either chill out or write, depending on deadlines.
Tim: Walk the dogs, shower, have breakfast, take the kids to school, answer emails, do web design work and book publishing, cook and eat lunch, work on the computer again and help the children with their homework, eat tea, spend time with the children and chill out.
Favorite places to travel?
Claire: We've just visited the Spanisg city of Seville and it was amazing, I can't wait to go back.
Tim: The Greek Islands.
Claire: Journey. “Don't stop believing” is my theme song!
Tim: Ozric Tentacles
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Claire: I'd love to jump into the Harry Potter books and go to Hogwarts.
Tim: The restaurant at the end of the universe from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.