I met this creative and effervescent author online. Her presence struck me right away and so did her book covers. I have provided links at the end of the interview, be sure to check out the artwork.
C H Clepitt is the author of a number of books and short stories, as well as being the Badger in charge of a satirical website called Newsnibbles.
I asked her ten questions and here is C H Clepitt’s answers.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Winter. The dark nights and dark mornings make me really tired. It’s all I can do to stay awake in the evenings, let alone motivated to write. I do my best to power through on cups of tea and enthusiasm, though!
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think spending too much time talking about writing and not enough time actually writing. Your first draft will always be rubbish, everyone’s is. Having a first draft gives you something to edit and improve, so stop moaning about how bad it is and just get on and write it. Also, don’t be afraid to take constructive criticism, or to ignore it. It’s your story.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
It does and it doesn’t. I think writers with a big ego do much better at marketing than us mere mortals, as they are brilliant at telling the world how wonderful they are. On the other hand, a massive ego struggles to accept criticism, which means that the writing is less likely to improve. I’m sure those with an ego the size of Russia would argue their writing doesn’t need improvement, so that’s not really a problem for them anyway…
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have so many author friends. Real friends, even if some of us have never met, or we aren’t even in the same country. The indie community is so supportive. We all help each other from beta reading each other’s work to cross-marketing. We also try to come together on a weekly Twitter hour – #sparklybadgersunite – which is Monday at 9pm UK time, if you want to pop in and say hi.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Marketing is just as important as writing! I came to that realisation very late, and it cost me in my early work. Still, live and learn.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I find it very easy to write characters of any sex. I think I am quite empathic, and if you think of people as just people, and decide what their motivations are then you can create a solid character. I don’t write erotica, so no fear there!
What is your favourite childhood book?
101 Dalmatians. I still reread that sometimes.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Nope! My book is an open book! Or a closed book, depending on how you hold it… I always include a message, and I hope that most readers get that, but not all will.
How many hours a day do you write?
As many as I can. I usually have multiple projects on the burner, so if I’m struggling with one I move on to the next one, just keep plugging. That and marketing, don’t forget to market!
Tell us about your latest projects and where we can find them?
It’s been a busy year for me. I published Everything is Better with a Cape, the Second Part to I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse, Lineage: A Beginning and Lineage: Of Blood. I am also dipping my toe into the audiobook pool, with Lineage: A Beginning due out very soon, and I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse and A Blessing in Disguise due out in the New Year.
“Cape” is a superhero spoof. It develops the characters from “Heels” and takes them on a new journey. If you enjoy sarcastic British humour, diverse characters and talking badgers, maybe give it a go, it’s just super!
Lineage is a series of vampire shorts. I am excited to have found an audio producer who is very enthusiastic about the series, so we should be working on it together, which will keep me motivated.
A Blessing in Disguise is a gentle short story with humour and hope. Something for a nice quiet Sunday afternoon.