Getting to Know Claire Colby
Living in the heartland of the country, Claire Colby is a crazy dog lady, who enjoys reading and writing. She loves to write series, because finding out how people grow and change over the course of their romances, and lives is fascinating. You can learn more about Claire and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in a very small town in Central Illinois. People are very impressed when I tell them I graduated in the top 10 in my high school graduating class till they figure out there were 32 in my graduating class. I've moved to about 15 different towns but have never lived out of state.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
The happily ever after, of course! The emotional connection – make those guys work for her love, and, sigh, they somehow always really want to do just that.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
Growing up, I started reading at three, and always thought all writers were dead already. Don't ask me how the newspaper arrived with new articles every day. Never crossed my mind. I read an author bio when I was in fourth grade that said “And she lives in Oregon with her husband and sons.” I can still feel the lightening bolt in my brain. So they aren't all dead already! This is something I can really do! And so I did.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
What, there are options? Dogs. Or, rich eccentric woman being a recluse in the country, hanging out in the garden and looking suspiciously at people driving by. Don't ask where the rich came from.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I have lots of dogs! I do dog training, boarding and always have a dog on my lap and in my arms and digging up my carrots when I plant them. Mini poodles and mini dachshunds.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I was widowed fairly young and am still looking for my chapter two.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
Little Women and Gone with the Wind. I've read both a hundred times, at least and find new things every time in both. I want to write people like that, people you remember and talk about.