Today I am very pleased to be inviting C.H. Clepitt along for an interview about her lovely new book Curtain Call, which I was very privileged to have been asked to Beta Read both when it was a short story and again when it became the Novella that it has developed into.
Firstly let’s find out a bit more about the book.
The book was published on the 6th May 2018.
C H Clepitt has a knack for creating real, relatable characters, who face adversity with humour and humanity, and Curtain Call is no exception.
When an assistant to the director role turns into P.A. to her favourite film star, Jen can’t believe her luck. Eleanor Francis is charming, kind and funny, but she has a secret, and when tragedy strikes, things threaten to unravel at an uncontrollable pace. Despite being out of her depth Jen has to adapt to her new role quickly, to protect Eleanor, with whom she is rapidly falling in love.
This is a sweet, understated story that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. If you’ve enjoyed C H Clepitt’s other books then this is not to be missed.
The book is also going to be released shortly as an audio book, which I personally can’t wait for.
To purchase the book click here
So now onto the interview.
Thank you very much for coming along to my blog today to answer some questions about yourself, your blog and life in general
Firstly can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I write under the name C H Clepitt. Not many people know this about me, but I am actually a badger… OK, everyone knows that about me. I write across multiple genres, fast paced and witty stories that you’ll not want to put down. What? I’m sure someone said that…
Can you tell us about the novella?
Curtain Call started life as a short story submission for an anthology with a spec that the story had to be about “women loving women in the theatre”. Very specific. As soon as I started writing, the story took on a life of its own, and the characters completely took over. Whilst it’s romantic, it’s not a romance, more a character driven story about people and how they deal with adversity. You liked it, right?
How does this differ from the other books you have written?
I stepped right out of my comfort zone for this one. Whilst it does have humour, it’s not a comedy, and there isn’t a single talking animal or monster, so there’s no-where to hide. It’s been the most popular thing I’ve written though, so I must have done something right!
You have previously written in different genres so how do you decide which one you are writing in next and how does the writing differ between genres?
I don’t really decide in advance what genre a story is going to be. I just start writing and see where it takes me. My writing style is fast paced and dialogue driven, and I think this appeals to people. I don’t need to spend three pages describing a tree, and no-one wants to spend three pages reading that. Everyone knows what a tree looks like, right?
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
It was an anthology call, so I had a pretty tight remit to work with initially, then the characters just sort of took over!
This started off as a short story so how hard was it to turn it into a novella? Did you start again or add bits to the original?
It was surprisingly easy, because the characters had so much more to say. Because I no longer had a word limit I was able to move it around a bit and show a lot more than tell, which I think helped. I was also able to develop the characters much more and show Jen’s relationships in more detail, which I think helped to round her as a character.
What’s coming next for you?
I am working on an Urban Fantasy called “My Dream Woman”. It’s a bit differed from my other stuff. For some reason it’s first person present tense, which I’m not normally a fan of, but seems to work for this. It’s already really fast and action packed, so I’m quite excited about getting it finished and out there!
If you had to organise a dinner for four other authors (living or dead) who would you choose and why?
Haha! I’d have Samuel Z Jones, Angelika Rust, Chloe Hammond and Claire Buss. Reckon we’d have a good old natter, and there’d definitely be cake. You never know, that could happen!
If you weren’t an author what do you think you would be doing? Also what did you want to be when you were younger?
If I wasn’t an author I might have more of a social life, and I would certainly watch more films! I wanted to be a vet when I was very young (who doesn’t, right?) but I’ve always written, so I can’t really see my life without writing.
Thank you very much for your time and I personally loved the book and could definitely see a sequel coming off it in the near future.