Thursday, April 11, 2013

Author Interview – Carey Jane Clark

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What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I think that in our modern culture, science and human effort are king, and so few people acknowledge the reality of miracles or the supernatural. I believe God still touches human lives and each of my stories carries some evidence of the divine intersecting human experience.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I am immensely proud of my children. That’s not really an accomplishment, but I’m really grateful for the opportunity to homeschool them and spend the time with them that choice affords.

What’s your favorite food? That’s a tough one, among so many choices. We eat a lot of Chinese food, though!

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? I haven’t seen enough of it yet to qualify to give an answer. Despite having lived in Asia and visited Africa, I’ve yet to see most of Europe.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have wanted to be a writer almost as long as I can remember, but I know that when I closed the cover on Anne of Green Gables, the desire was clear for me.

When and why did you begin writing? I began a novel while I was in university, and although I received a personal reply from an editor after sending in the first three chapters and a synopsis, I didn’t pursue that story. After my son was born, while I was on maternity leave, I began to seriously write and study the art of fiction. After my daughter was born, I began work on what–after numerous revisions–became After the Snow Falls.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? I am most comfortable with contemporary fiction. I am writing another contemporary novel now, and am working on revising a middle-grade novel–also set in modern times.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I love to read, of course, and I’m also learning to knit. And while it’s not exactly relaxing, I really enjoy learning Chinese. Right now, I have enough oral fluency to get by (although definitely a long way to go to the point I’d like to reach), but for the moment, I’m focusing on learning the characters. It’s a strange thing to be illiterate, and I’m attempting to remedy that.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? I really enjoy hearing from readers. My favorite comment of all time came from someone I’d previously had only professional contact with. While it’s women who seem to identify most with After the Snow Falls, this was a male reader. He told me that although mine wasn’t the kind of book he usually picked up, he was glad he did. He compared himself to Alfie, Celia’s father, and told me how the story had touched his life.

This was the best reward I could have received for writing After the Snow Falls. This was the dream I had when I sat down to write it.

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Genre – Inspirational

Rating – PG (some difficult subject matter)

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