Claire Boston has loved dragons, magic and everything fantastical since she read The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. As a child she used to sneak to the bottom of the garden in the hope of finding fairies. Alas she never found any, so she brought them alive in her own imagination. As she grew older, she fell in love with romance and romantic suspense when she discovered her mother’s stash of Nora Roberts novels.
When Claire began writing, she was torn between fantasy and romance so in the end decided to write both. Her stories are full of love, adventure and escape.
When Claire’s not writing she can be found creating her own handmade journals, swinging on a sidecar, or in the garden attempting to grow something other than weeds.
Claire lives in Western Australia with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and is currently learning how to knit.
You can find her complete book list on her website www.claireboston.com/books.
She is also available for author talks and writing workshops and can be contacted through her Contact page.
The Unofficial Story
I have always loved to read. As a child, my favourite novels were by Enid Blyton and included the Folk and the Faraway tree, the Secret Seven and Famous Five, and really anything that she wrote. I then progressed to Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon stories, as well as the Baby-sitters Club (yes, I may have tried to form my own version of it) and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holiday when I was eleven, the unthinkable happened – I ran out of books to read! After getting sick of my complaining, my mum handed me Hot Ice by Nora Roberts and I fell instantly in love with romance.
I decided I wanted to be an author while I was at university, and started writing a fantasy novel, but then life got in the way (I actually had to go out and get a job) and the novel was put aside. A few years later, after a particularly awful week at work, I decided I really didn’t want to do what I was doing for the rest of my life. I took a week annual leave and started writing in earnest – a romance novel this time. By the end of the week I had a 14,000 word completed story, which wasn’t anywhere near long enough to be published – and even I could tell it wasn’t very good. Undeterred, I search the internet for help, discovered the Romance Writers of Australia, joined, and never looked back. With the help of my critique group my writing improved, I wrote four complete fantasy novels and one contemporary romance before Momentum decided to publish What Goes on Tour (cue happy-dancing and squeals of delight).
I love to write about close friends and families, and somehow social issues often turn up in my novels. I have a lot of difficulty being mean to my characters because I love them so much, and often have to go back during the edit and throw more stones at them.
When I’m not writing (which isn’t very often), I like to try new things. I garden (with limited success), I ride vintage motocross, including swinging on a sidecar, I make handbound journals and of course, I read. My husband often encourages me to try gaming, but it’s a dangerous business as I tend to get over-excited and wave my hands about too much when being attacked by monsters – in other words, don’t sit next to me!
I’m usually extremely organised and have recently discovered the joys of bullet-journalling, but strangely enough, I’m a pantser, not a plotter when it comes to my stories. I enjoy talking about writing, and if you get me started it can be hard to shut me up. I’m always happy to help other writers on their journey as well.
I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to spend time in Germany, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ecuador and South-East Asia.
I live in Western Australia, not far from the beach, with my husband.