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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Weeping Willow


About

This unique story answers the age old question that children want to know: am I special just as I am? Am I special even though I am different? Young Jesus and His cousin John teach the Weeping Willow and young readers alike that it is their differences that make them special.


Q:
Tell us about your latest work—title, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
A:
The Weeping Willow is an inspirational and Christian children's book. I wrote it because I want to get a message to children, and in fact, people of all ages. I want people who read my book to know in a fresh way that God loves them for who they are.
Q:
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A:
I am drawn to this genre because I am inspired and encouraged by it. Inspirational Christian fiction makes me feel better about who I am.
Q:
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A:
I mostly let my writing unfold. I never have a complete idea of what I am doing or even how the story will turn out. It becomes what it becomes because of God's grace, and my patience and hard work.
Q:
What kind of research was involved?
A:
I had to research how to draw a weeping willow, but the story was not researched.
Q:
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A:
A lot of me makes it into the three characters of The Weeping Willow. Mostly however, the weeping willow itself is what is most closely entwined with my personality.
Q:
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A:
I write when I can, when I am inspired, and even sometimes when I am not.
Q:
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A:
I have many favorite authors, but some of my favorites are Josephine Nobisso, J.R.R Tolkien and S.D. Smith.
Q:
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A:
This story came from a need in my own self. I have always had a problem with feeling less because I am different. In this story I answer and solve my own problem and teach myself and others that our differences are what make us shine in God's eyes.
Q:
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A:
I am working on a  long young adult novel called  AgnusTerra. I am also working on a book called the Little White Flower, and one called Salty's Seaside Treasures among others.
Q:
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
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Q:
What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
A:
Top tips are patience, prayer, and dedication. Without these it would be hard to write a great book.
Again, thanks Claire for taking the time to share your knowledge with us.  We appreciate you and your work.  Good luck with you current and future publishing.


About Author
Claire Woodbury is a driven, young Catholic author. Her goal is to bring others closer to God through her inspirational writing. Her Christian faith and love of Jesus inspire her writing. Claire wants readers to find, in a fresh way, how God sees them and loves them as they are. Claire is also an artist, pianist and cook. She lives in Colorado with her parents and siblings.







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