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.

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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Where do you story ideas come from?

This is, without a doubt, the most frequently asked question I get from readers, friends—even family! The answer? Many places. Since I write romantic suspense—with ghosts in the mix—I’m always looking for news of supernatural events. I’m not just talking … Continue reading

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The Multi-Genre Blues

Happy New Year and I need help! Variety is the spice of life, right? I’ve always believed so . . . but when it comes to being an author, sometimes variety can seriously complicate developing your author platform. This month … Continue reading

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A Runaway Train

Okay, I admit it. I’m a pantser. I’ve tried—I really have—to come over to the logical side of the novel plotting track. But I just can’t do it. The very thought of outlining my plot is like planning to spike … Continue reading

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When Words Get In The Way

As a writer, I love words. Of course I do! They are my medium. My tool of choice. The paint for my brushes. The software for my creative muse. I have very lately come to a revelation about words—one that … Continue reading

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