CB Clark is the author of three romantic suspense novels published by The Wild Rose Press. My Brother’s Sins and Cherished Secrets were published in 2016, and Bitter Legacy in June, 2017. CB has always loved reading, especially romance, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year the she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as a n archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always loved reading and writing. Ten years ago, I lost my voice for a year due to a botched operation. With time on my hands and a serious case of boredom setting in., I decided to combine my two loves and attempt to write a romantic suspense. That first book took me a full year, but the feeling of euphoria when I finished was so great, I’ve never stopped writing.
How do you get ideas for your fictional characters? My hero and heroine in my stories are a composite of traits culled from books, movies, and real people I meet. Once I have a the general idea of a main character’s physical appearance and internal conflict, I flesh her or him out by developing their backstory, and figuring out what makes them tick.
Do you outline you plots ahead of time or fly by the seat of your pants? I’m definitely a panster. That’s part of the fun. I start with the germ of an idea and a first sentence and go from there. Some days writing is a wild, rollercoaster ride with ideas coming hot and heavy; other days, it’s like waking in mud. I love not knowing what’s going to happen next and letting my character writer their own stories. Of course, that means a lot of revising when I’m finished.