Thursday, November 30, 2017

Getting to Know Indie Author Claire Banschbach

My last indie author, but certainly not least, during the Indie Authors Sale is Claire Banschbach.

Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.

She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.

You can connect with her on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram

Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?

I have not named a character for someone in particular, but I’ve based a few characters off family or real life people before.

At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”

I got a review a while ago that said “this book got me back into reading after I’d stopped for a long time”. That really made me happy and made me think that maybe I could actually pull this writing thing off. J

What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?

I always enjoy checking out KM Weiland’s website/blog for tips. And Janeen Ippolito has some great articles that she shares over on her blog as well that I’d highly recommend.

Have you ever looked yourself up on Google? If so, did you find anything surprising?

Yes, I have. And I think the strangest thing I found was pictures from a horse show I’d done in highschool and halfway forgotten about. Lol!

Do any of your characters sound/look like famous actors in your head?

Actually I’ve never been able to really “cast” my characters. It’s more of a ‘if I took this actor and this actor and somehow combined them, then that’s what this character would be like’.

What book are you currently reading?

Currently in between books. But I think Dune by Frank Herbert is next up since a friend of mine wants to watch the miniseries with me and I haven’t read it yet. (And I usually like to try and read a book before seeing the movie/show adaptation.)

Do you write/read every single day?

I wish! I usually try to write more than I read, I think. The only time I’m consistent is when I give myself monthly challenges to write at least 100 words/day (usually when I’m trying to finish a project).

What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?

I don’t typically eat or drink much when I write. The one thing I always have on hand is my big water cup. Snacks never last very long around me. ;)

Do you have any furry writing buddies? (Or scaled or feathered?)

Sadly, I just moved and had to leave the doggies at home. But our big Australian shepherd mix wouldn’t let me get much writing done anyway since he labors under the misconception that he’s secretly a lapdog, which makes typing awkward…

Do you keep anything special on your desk when you write?

Usually just my water glass. Although I frequently end up with a pen and paper of some sort for notes or map sketching.

Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?

I’m currently in the midst of embroidering stocking for my nieces and nephews, which is about as crafty as I get.

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The Rise of Aredor (The Rise of Aredor Book 1)

Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor's shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin's former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin's path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.

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The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor Book 2)

His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.

A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.

As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain - war is coming to the North!

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Adela’s Curse (The Faeries of Myrnius Book 1)

A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice. A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart. Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems. Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?

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