It's time for yet another exciting blog tour. This one for A Corner of her Heart by Claire Yezbak. On this stop we'll be shinning a spotlight on the book and interviewing the author. Sounds like fun, right?
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I love you and Happy Halloween.👻
1. Tell is about yourself Claire
When I’m not playing with my granddaughter, I’m busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. My books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first. I’m the mother of three adult sons who, over the years, have been fodder for my award-winning humor column Woman@Heart.
I’m a native Pennsylvanian who loves living in southern California with my husband, Nick and our two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl. I cheer for my alma mater, San Diego State, but my hometown roots still shine through for the Black & Gold -- Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins.
There's a special spot in my heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times when I was a young girl. I love butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from me.
2. Will you be celebrating Halloween? Have you picked out a costume yet?
In years past, I’ve dressed up as Wonder Woman, a flapper and a zombie dancing to “Thriller.” This year my costume is grandmother, since I’ll be watching my granddaughter participate in her first Halloween parade.
3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I suspect every writer will be able to easily answer this question. For me, that moment arrived in my freshman year of college. The satisfaction of stringing words together to evoke a feeling, convey a thought or tell a tale buzzed in my heart for decades. This year my first novel was published. That tells me that no matter how long you dream, don’t give up.
4. Tell us about your latest book?
Monica’s story, “A Corner of Her Heart”, is the first book in my “Begin Again” series. Monica finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair.
Unsure of how to move forward, Monica relies on her spirituality, inner strength and family commitment she learned from Bridget, her single mother, to reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most.
5. What’s the best writing advise you ever received? Do you ever experience writer's block? How do you get over it?
I combined these two questions because the best writing advice I’ve received helps me to minimize (not eliminate) writer’s block.
I’ve finally embraced showing up every day to write. (For years I denied this bit of genius, the same way I used to discount ‘eat less-lose weight’). You hear this tip from lots of accomplished authors because it is true. My plan is to write every day at the same time each morning, before the demands of the day seep under my office door. Like my dieting goals, I don’t always meet them, but still I try. There are days when cleaning the dust bunnies under the bed is a more attractive option than writing even 100 words.
When I arrive at my desk at approximately the same time each day, my mind knows it is time to work. I’m excited to see what happens when the characters share their story. Every writer has some type of block, but if you show up every day, around the same time, even if you just sit there looking at a blank screen, you’re training your brain to get to work. And that’s a good thing.
7. Do you watch a lot of tv? What are your favourite shows?
My TV-watching time is limited and I’m an impatient viewer. I love being able to fast-forward through the commercials, so recording the programs is the perfect solution for me. What’s on my DVR list today? Jeopardy, Designated Survivor, Blue Bloods and reruns of Perry Mason and The Honeymooners. I’m a fan of Netflix, too.