Author Interview: A. R. DeClerck
Can you tell us a little bit about your books?
I write adventure romance in many genres, including steampunk, fantasy and scifi. My characters are always thrust into situations that will either make or break them, and hopefully bring them together. They should have strong, lasting relationships because they've already been through hell.
Do you remember the title of the first story you wrote?
The title of the first story I ever wrote was The Bull and the Boy, which I wrote in 6th grade writing class. Before that it was mostly poetry.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work during the day in the healthcare field, so my writing has to be done in the afternoons and on my days off. I take my kids to school and then I schedule out a block of time from 8-1 to write. In the afternoons I write for at least 1 hour after dinner and before bed, usually 5 days a week
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration for my stories comes from things all around me. Songs, commercials on tv, a couple I see on the street, or just a phrase that gets stuck in my head.
What have you learned about publishing that you didn’t know about when you first started writing?
Before I was an actual "published" author I had no real idea about the value of honing your craft. I thought authors wrote a story and published it, and I had no clue about the many ways a rough draft can be made better and honed with time and application of skills that I'm still learning to master!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I'm not writing I watch tv and movies, read books and listen to music. Some days are just good for "vegging" out and doing nothing but thinking about my next story.
Can you tell us about your future projects?
I have several irons in the fire at the moment. A second steampunk romance, following up The Alchemist's Kiss should be completed for NaNoWriMo. I have been contracted to write a novella and a novel for a scifi gaming company to promote their new game, and I have a short story going out in a fantasy romance anthology next year. Of course, there's also the "futurepunk" novel I'm slowly writing, and the third book in the Mythical Madness series, and a sequel to Bound to You that are waiting to be written. Needless to say, I have many many things to keep me busy!
AR DeClerck was born and raised in Western NC. She currently resides in the Quad Cities,IL with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and a cat named Kilala. AR writes romamce novels and dabbles in many sub – genres including mythical romance,steampunk, contemporary and scifi romance. She reads voraciously and loves to talk books.
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