Author Archives: Claire Gem

About Claire Gem

I write intensely emotional sexy contemporary romance & supernatural suspense, along with with women's fiction. My debut paranormal, Phantom Traces, from Soul Mate Publishing, is available on Amazon.

Besieging the Boundaries

Can you define the difference between between genre and literary fiction? I can’t believe I spent over $50,000 on an MFA in Creative Writing and found I could not. I was recently invited to sit on a Revision Panel by a … Continue reading

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The Write Resolution

As I struggle through the first-round edits of my next novel, I realize that, again—just like last year—my New Year’s resolution really should be to write every day. This book should have been done months ago! If I had committed, and … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Sex (cough)

Since my last blog for SMP (Insta-Love) addressed the same subject, I will qualify this entry, same general subject, as “additional research” (ahem). As authors, we all come to realize—quickly—that book reviews are as individual as are readers. Some will … Continue reading

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Insta-Love???

  “Men define romance as the prelude to sex, and women define romance as one of the expressions of love.” This quote from the book by Neil Rosenthal titled, “Love, Sex, and Staying Warm” sums up one definition of the … Continue reading

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To Improving Our Craft—Hear, Hear!

In my earlier posts I may have mentioned that I am an avid audiobook fan. My 35-40 minute daily commute to my day job, coupled with the amazing medium of the audiobook, allows me to double my reading volume. In … Continue reading

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HEA – the Ever-After Part

The vast majority of couples in romance novels are young, or at least young-ish. That’s the beautiful time of our lives, right? We’re frisky and firm, bouncy and beautiful, with hormone levels topping the charts. What better time to illustrate … Continue reading

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Multiple Personality Disorder—or Pen Names

I am often asked this question: “All of your nonfiction (magazine features, essays, memoir) were published under your real name. Why did you choose to write fiction under a pseudonym?” It’s a simple answer, and yet quite a complex one. … Continue reading

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