Today we welcome guest author, C.B. Clark and get to learn about her and her new book, CHERISHED SECRETS.
C.B., please share a bit about your writing. What is your writing process? Are you a plotter, pantser or a hybrid of both?
I’m definitely a pantser. That’s part of the fun. I start with the germ of an idea and a first sentence, and go from there. Some days writing is a wild rollercoaster ride with ideas coming hot and heavy; other days, it’s like wading in mud. I love not knowing what’s going to happen next and letting my characters write their own stories. Of course, that means there are many hours of revising to complete once I’m finished the first draft.
Do you participate in a critique group? If so, tell us about your experience.
I live in a small town where there aren’t any other writers of romantic suspense (at least, none I’m aware of), so it’s very challenging to participate in a critique group. I do have a very good writer friend who provides valuable feedback. I also am a member of critiquecircle.com. It’s free, easy to use, and is a wonderfully supportive on-line critique group. You earn points by critiquing other writers’ works, and submit your own work and receive constructive comments and suggestions in return. I’ve also used on-line beta readers, though these folk are hard to find.
Please share a bit about yourself:
These are a few of my favorite things…family, grandchildren (my daughter’s expecting identical twin boys in the Spring, and I have a granddaughter), old dogs, red wine, small towns, hiking, camping, canoeing, travel…and the list goes on.
Congratulations on the new grandsons, that is so exciting. How did you get started writing?
Several years ago, I lost my voice for a year due to a botched operation. I enjoy talking to people, and it was very hard to be silenced. The words bubbling inside had to be spoken, and so I decided to combine my love of reading and writing letters and emails and attempt to write a book. I had no idea how challenging the task would be, but once I finished that first chapter, I was hooked. I’ve been writing ever since.
C.B. Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, teaching students from the primary grades through the first year of college. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
‘Cherished Secrets’ Blurb:
Twelve years ago, sixteen-year old Carrie Ann Hetherington, pregnant with the child of a murder suspect, fled the small town of Cooper’s Ridge for the anonymity of Seattle. Now, faced with a family dilemma, she must risk her carefully reinvented life and return to her childhood home.
Eighteen-year-old Declan McAllister’s prom date is found beaten and strangled to death, and he becomes the prime suspect accused of the grisly crime. Now this successful Dallas businessman returns to Cooper’s Ridge to find the true murderer and finally lift the cloak of suspicion he’s faced all these years. In his quest to prove his innocence, he must join forces with the woman who shattered his heart to find a devious killer who will stop at nothing to protect a shocking truth.
Caught up in a menacing web of secrets, deception and danger, they struggle to overcome past betrayals and present danger. Can they tear down the barriers they’ve erected around their hearts and rediscover true love?
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