About Clara Winter:
Clara Winter is the pen name of Amy Rugg. Amy grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife, mother, and former school counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in Mission Viejo, Ca.
What inspires you to write?
I'm inspired by beautiful locales, fantastical ideas, and historical events.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner/plotter through and through. I wish I could sit down and just write. The reality is, I need to know where my story is going before I dive in. I use a corkboard and sticky notes to plot my story, and notebooks to outline. Character sketches are created before the plotting begins. I try to write everyday Monday-Friday, and always go for an average of 2,000 words a day. I generally write at home, and coffee always helps!
How do you develop your characters?
Because I am a plotter, I usually know how my character is going to develop prior to beginning. Sometimes they surprise me by exerting their own will, but not often.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am mostly a fan of classic authors; Austen, the Bronte sisters, Hemingway, and Shirley Jackson are some of my favorites. Anne Rice is a contemporary favorite, and someone who I admire.
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance and Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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