Author Archives: Claire Gem

About Claire Gem

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. A native of New York, USA, she now resides in Massachusetts, USA with her husband of 39 years.

Starting Over

Hey fellow Soulies! Thought I’d share my thoughts about a little bump in the writing road I’ve been experiencing lately. It’s been a busy summer and now, with fall upon us, my schedule just isn’t letting up. Guests, travel, weddings … Continue reading

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Mother of the Groom: A Love Story

Nine years ago, I swore it could never happen. I would have wagered my life’s savings (okay, so it’s not that much, but still…) that my eldest son (by five minutes—he’s a twin) would NEVER get married. Now, the date … Continue reading

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Book Signings: Inspiration Transfusion

The era of eBooks has caused the tradition of book signings to slip a bit in significance. But once your book comes out in print, there’s nothing like packing up a bunch in a rolling suitcase and taking them out … Continue reading

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The Author Newsletter – A Useful Tool

How many of you have a newsletter list? When I published my first novel with SMP (Phantom Traces) three years ago, I found the idea of a newsletter daunting. What is its purpose? How often should I send one out? … Continue reading

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Dragged Off Course

I released a new novel on April 1st of this year and was fired up and well into another. My goal is to turn out three novels this year . . . Then, tragedy struck. Our ten-year-old Boston Terrier, Chopper, … Continue reading

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A Career Changing Craft Book

I have read at ton – and I mean A TON – of writing craft books. I spent 3 years of my life and over fifty thousand dollars earning an MFA in creative writing. I have (in total) an entire … Continue reading

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The Funnel Effect . . . for Authors

If you Google this term you will find there are multiple definitions depending on the subject area—from weather dynamics to attorney tactics to government practices. That’s not what I’m talking about. The Funnel Effect I’m referring to is a term … Continue reading

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