Author Interview
An interview with author Anita Claire.

Questions

  1. What do you like about the romance genre?
  2. Have you always been a romance fan?
  3. How did you get started writing?
  4. Why create the princesses?
  5. Why did you start your book when the women were 24?
  6. Your princesses are a tight group of young women. Why did you write about this?
  7. What was your motivation behind Juliette's love interests?
  8. Did you attend Stanford University?
  9. The books Juliette and Hita show a slice of life at a well-funded new high tech company. How realistic is this picture you paint?
  10. Which character do you relate to the most?
  11. How do you work?
  12. What's next?

Answers

  1. What do you like about the romance genre?
  2. Answer
    I've always liked relationship driven stories. What I liked about romance novels is that the outcome is at some level always happy since people find love.
  3. Have you always been a romance fan?
  4. Answer
    The quick answer is no. I was very ill in 2012. Before my Illness I didn't have that much time to read and when I had time I read a variety of genres. What drove me to romance were a couple crossover authors, like Liane Moriarty's “What Alice Forgot” and Elizabeth Hunter's “Elemental Mysteries”.
  5. How did you get started writing?
  6. Answer
    I started as a business author. In the 1990's I was using the Internet to project manage and launching internet technologies. I wrote about these experiences for a business audience. In 2013, I wrote a non-fiction story about almost dying. I found writing on a personal level to be enjoyable and fulfilling.
  7. Why create the princesses?
  8. Answer
    In Silicon Valley, I'm surrounded by young, highly educated women who take their careers seriously. I wanted to write about the search for love for this women.
  9. Why did you start your book when the women were 24?
  10. Answer
    Life transitions are interesting. At 24 these women are just out of school and experiencing their first real job. First real world work experiences are difficult which makes them interesting. Also it's very different being single and finding love when you are no longer in school.
  11. Your princesses are a tight group of young women. Why did you write about this?
  12. Answer
    I've always garnered so much support from my girlfriends. At 24 friends are a very important element of your infrastructure. I wanted to write about the power that these relationships provide.
  13. What was your motivation behind Juliette's love interests?
  14. Answer
    A lot of books have the bad boy, the wild boy, the controlling guy, or the rich guy as the love interest. As a mother, I find myself yelling at the female protagonist “run, the guys a jerk”. I wanted Juliette's choice to be hard. I didn't want her to choose between the good guy or the hot guy. I wanted each guy to be hot and good. The guy both Juliette and her parents would like.
  15. Did you attend Stanford University?
  16. Answer
    No, neither my husband nor I attended Stanford. Though I do have a niece and a nephew attending and through them have heard some stories which of course I have used in my books.
  17. The books Juliette and Hita show a slice of life at a well-funded new high tech company. How realistic is this picture you paint?
  18. Answer
    Of course this is fiction. But almost every scenario I present has been experienced by me. The technical situation is of course, simplified since I didn't want to lose my audience. But I think this is a very realistic view of life in Silicon Valley.
  19. Which character do you relate to the most?
  20. Answer
    Juliette's mother and father were based on my husband and myself. While the Juliette character was inspired by my daughter. I have a very maternal feeling towards her. It also represents the type of relationship I'd like to have with my daughter when she grows up. But Juliette is not my daughter in temperament or in interests. The character I relate to the most is Isabelle. I like her plucky spirit.
  21. How do you work?
  22. Answer
    I work in sets of three. That is I write a draft of three books, then I review each of them, then I review them again. This keeps my brain clean when I'm in the review cycle.
  23. What's next?
  24. Answer
    After spending the last three years working on the Princesses I need to age up. That is the Princesses was all about exploring those years right after college, when you start your first job. My next series takes place in the same world as the Princesses but the characters are all ten years older. At thirty-four my characters are more established in the career and are dealing with different issues.
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