Featuring "The 9th Hour" 'He would take his last breath and become immortal.'
We took some time and sat down to talk with Claire Stibbe. We got to know her and her books a little better. We hope you will enjoy the interview with Claire, we did!
Please welcome Claire Stibbe to Rukia Publishing with her featured book The 9th Hour.
Originally from England, Claire lived in Hong Kong for three years before eventually finding a second home in New Mexico, USA. Her genres include Historical Fiction, Action and Adventure, Psychological Thriller, Mystery and Suspense.
Her novels include Chasing Pharaohs (#1 Harper Collins/Authonomy) and The Fowler's Snare, both novels of ancient Egypt. The 9th Hour is the first of the Detective Temeke series set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and published by Crooked Cat Publishers. It is now available on Amazon. She has also written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books Publishing. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words.
The second book in the Detective Temeke series is currently in the editing stage and in which she explores how even in the darkness of criminal depravity the light of faith is never entirely extinguished.
Hello Claire! Thank you so much for joining us today! We are so happy to have you with us. Are you ready to get started?
Hello and thank you so much for having me. I'm ready when you are!
How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
My father was a writer and knew C.S. Lewis at Oxford University. He talked fondly of the literary group known as the Inklings and wrote a book himself called Return Via Rangoon, an account of a young Chindit behind enemy lines in the Burmese jungle. After listening to my father telling stories to us in bed and ever since I could hold a pen, I began to draft my first stories. Most of these were about otters and badgers, graduating to romances reminiscent of Charlotte Bronte. None of these ever saw the light of day and for that I’m deeply grateful.
It wasn’t until I showcased my first book on a Harper Collins website that I really found the passion to write. My first book Chasing Pharaohs, a novel of ancient Egypt, was published in 2014 and the second in the series, The Fowler’s Snare was published the following year.
What inspires you to write?
A cloudy day, light on water, wind in the trees, a smell, a taste, watching people. Books by authors who have that certain quality, an ethereal skill that makes you break out in goosebumps.
How did you conduct your research for – The 9th Hour?
After interviews, I usually visit the library and find a quiet sunny corner. Or Barnes & Noble. But shhh… don’t ever tell them I love curling up on those comfy chairs and reading all their books. Picking the brains of retired law enforcement whose experiences bring color to my characters and ratchet up the pace. It all helps to build a convincing and fast-paced story. The elderly. Wow, what a truckload of fruit and wisdom they have to offer. Talking to bestselling crime authors, attending workshops and generally anything that keeps me learning.
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