Interview with romance author Claire Marti

Romance
author Claire Marti joins me today
and we’re chatting about her new contemporary romance, At Last in Laguna.



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Bio:
Claire
Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil
and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in
English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including
practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a
non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.
Finally,
Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing
romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding
Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press.

Welcome, Claire. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
Here’s
the blurb:
Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her
older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward,
lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws
caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to
ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because
as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits.
After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt
struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred
him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy,
carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable
venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the
one. Can she convince him they belong together?

What inspired you to write this book?
I
wanted to write about a hero who rose above a tragic childhood and becomes a success
despite it all. He gives back by building Tearmann House, a center for abused
children and women. He’s scarred inside, despite appearing like another
handsome successful guy on the outside. Alyssa has her own demons to contend
with too. Throwing them together in the brother’s best friend trope adds an
element of lightness, fun, and forbidden romance.

Excerpt from At Last in Laguna:

What was his deal this morning?
She’d
give him the cold shoulder if it killed her.
And
it just might.
He’d
rejected her, so why was he opening doors, hovering, and acting like a pest?
Practically breathing down her neck. She could swear he’d sniffed her. Sniffed
her.
He couldn’t conceal his awareness. If he were so attracted to her, he
would’ve agreed to her proposition, right? Since he’d shot her down in flames,
he could at least have the decency to ignore her today. Rude, infuriating man.
Inhaling
a deep cleansing breath, she forced herself to concentrate on the center.
Sunlight streamed through the abundance of windows and along with the high
ceilings imparted a feeling of freedom and space, perfect for the planned
occupants. Because they’d decided to wait to obtain her input for the more
specific room layout, the building’s interior remained a shell. She’d add to
her brother’s amazing design and ensure Tearmann House’s beauty and serenity.
Serenity.
What a concept. Ha.


What exciting story are you working on
next?

I just submitted the manuscript for the third book in the Finding Forever in
Laguna series to my editor. I’ll be working on edits for the next few months.
I’ve got a new contemporary series with three sisters set in Rancho Santa Fe,
California.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
started writing stories when I was seven years old. I’d even create covers and
turn them into actual books for my family and friends to enjoy. Does that
count? My first published magazine article was in 1997 for Delicious magazine
about health supplements. I signed my first contract in March 2016 for the
Finding Forever in Laguna series.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I was a yoga teacher who wrote and I’m transitioning into a writer who also
teaches yoga. I teach a few public yoga classes, train a few private clients in
their homes, and write for YogaDownload.com, an online yoga website for whom I
also teach classes. Each day is different, but I have a dedicated writing space
in my home office. I block out my writing time each day around the yoga.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

My
cats assist me when I write. Lola either drapes herself over the top back of my
chair or wedges herself next to me. Beau plops himself wherever he can so he
can keep an eye on the action.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

An
actress, a writer, a dancer, an international explorer, Dr. Doolittle #2. Not
necessarily in that order.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I
hope my stories will transport you away from your daily life for a few hours
and leave you with a smile on your face.



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