Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m originally from Quebec, Canada, but I’ve been living in Paris, France for most of my adult life. So far, I’ve published two of my books on Amazon. The most recent one is a thriller that takes place in the city’s catacombs. Drawing on that urban mythology, I challenge the reader to dare to imagine what would happen if that world below our feet were taken over by terrorists
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“City of Dark” is inspired by the Zeitgeist of political irresponsibility and impunity that I see all around me at the moment (both in Europe and North America). I suppose the story is supposed to offer a sort of twisted adventure through contemporary politics and fake news. It’s very noir. But I hope it will also take readers on a stroll through Paris’ less well-known spaces. I love Paris and the chapters of my books are packed with anecdotes and legends that will give you a new take on the city.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wish I did.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a very eclectic reader. I guess, top of my list would be Robert Harris. I love how his books explore history while at the same time telling a great story. But I wouldn’t say he has influenced me. Likeswise, I wish I could write with the humour and clarity of Chandler. But, again, he’s not really an influence, just an author I love. I suppose, I should add Ruth Rendell, too. When I was younger I read a lot of her stuff and really enjoyed the psychological profiles.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the follow up to “City of Dark”. I hope to have it finished and available by the end of 2020.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m new to self-publishing and I really don’t know the sites. I’m a nobody and so reviewers and websites aren’t interested in me. I’m also not willing to pay for online media promotion. So, I guess I’ll have to answer goodreads. It’s a community that is authentically interested in books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author, so no.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write, as if it were a command from God. (Not that I’m religious, I just like the quote.)
What are you reading now?
A Very Normal Family, by Edvarsson
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully to find some readers
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would rather have a pile of paper and a pen and be allowed to write. That way I could make up my own stories and friends and never feel alone.
Author Websites and Profiles
Claire Dickinson Website
Claire Dickinson Amazon Profile
Claire Dickinson’s Social Media Links