Monday, January 30, 2012

Interview with author Clarissa Yip

Happy Monday!

This post is little delayed today. I planned to post it earlier, but there is a snowstorm in Istanbul which is very unusual here and the plain was delayed for hours. Anyway, I am here now and I can post what was planned for today!

I have a visitor today, author Clarissa Yip gave me an interview and you will see the result below. it is my second stop at Clarissa's blog tour and I am delighted to have her here. So, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of many published books - Clarissa Yip!

The interview is divided into several sections. First section is about Clarissa, second section is about her books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.

Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

CY: I’m a contemporary romance writer with an addiction to coffee and cupcakes. Throw in sugar or anything with frosting, and I’m there.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

CY: A lot of things, really. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but never thought about making writing a career until I decided to upend my life and make a drastic change.

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

CY: When I was a kid, I always thought I would be a doctor, then a translator, then an FBI agent…the list could go on…lol.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?

CY: I’ve always been an avid reader. Stories floating in my head. Writing is actually very therapeutic for me. It’s what kept me sane when I felt lost in life. My first idea for my book…I really can’t remember but I do have a bunch of manuscripts since I was nine. None that I would show anyone, though. Lol.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

CY: I love playing video games, scrapbooking, trying new foods, traveling, reading, watching new shows. I also love finding new music to compliment my writing moods.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

CY: Most difficult aspect would be not accomplishing what I set out to do. The roadblocks that I come across and having to persevere. But I don’t believe in giving up. There’s a right time and place for things to happen.

MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

CY: If I weren’t a writer, I would be a business woman of sorts. Maybe a marketer. A full-time student for life until I die. LOL. Or maybe I would actually do something that entails me to travel all over the world.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

CY: My muse is an evil being, relentless, playful, and always wreaking havoc on me. She likes to evade writing and run off to the beach or go on vacations without me. Always arguing with me and changing the plot lines and influencing my characters to rebel…so yes, she’s evil.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

CY: I have writer’s block many times. It’s just how I handle it and learn to move on.

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: You have many published books. Would you briefly give us an overview how many published books do you have and what are these about?

CY: Currently I have out 9 books and 2 print books.

Love by Auction – A second chance love story where my prim and proper Rebecca finds herself auctioned off for a date to her ex-fiancé, Mark.

Unforeseen Reunion – a revenge story where Cara comes back to seek revenge on popular jock Brant, from high school who had made her life hell, only to fall in love with him all over again.

Snowy Encounters – Maddie returns to town and finds herself rescued from an avalanche by her ex-husband Cole.

One Unexpected Night – With a track record for being dumped on holidays, Tara ends up having a passionate night with her ex- fiancé Kane, and she runs, only to have him chase her.

Bachelor’s Return – James is determined to keep his bachelorhood until he finds his nemesis in tight leather, working at a dance club, and sees “the brat” as a woman…

Tempting a Cowboy – Geeky Shane McCormick goes to Vegas and is set up on a date…with his sister’s best friend.

Tempting a Prince – Sarah is determined to get over her childhood crush, Evan, and plans on having an adventure in Vegas, only to be paired up with the Prince Charming of her dreams.

Silent Night’s Seduction – Cowgirl Lily McCormick is kidnapped and brought to Alaska for a date…with her ex-husband. Sparks fly and desire is rekindled, but will their love bring them back together?

One Chance – Shy tomboy Jenna is determined to save her best friend, Cade, from making the biggest mistake of his life. And seduction is the only answer.

My next release will be in February called True Connections, which is part of the Valentine’s Anthology for Entangled Publishing’s new Ever After Line. I’m very excited.

MR: How do you manage to be so productive with your writing?

CY: I actually wish I was more productive. It’s taken me about a year and a half to have this many releases and I hope 2012 will be a golden year. I need to focus more and concentrate on my writing. I’m very easily distracted. Ooohhh, look! Shiny! Um…you were saying?

MR: Why did you choose to write erotic books?

CY: It just kind of happened. I still blush when I talk about sex scenes, which are the hardest scenes for me to write in any book. Even the first kiss is hard for me to write.

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?

CY: Lol. Oh gosh. I thought, we’re they crazy? Lol. No seriously, I did. It was amazing considering how many rejections I’ve been through before I found a publisher willing to take a chance on me. I’m very grateful and hope I don’t disappoint anyone.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

CY: Usually I plot for a few days, get to know my characters, outline a little then start writing. What happens is my muse decides to make my life hard and change things on me and I end up pantsing.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

CY: I think the most important thing is to keep writing. Don’t stop. Avoid distractions and get it done.

MR: Where did you get the idea for your book Tempting a Prince from? How was the book born?

CY: Tempting a Prince is actually Book 2 of my Tempting series with Decadent Publishing. As part of the 1Night Stand Series, my mini-series involve three friends who venture to Vegas for a one-night stand. In Tempting a Prince, Sarah is looking for her Prince Charming and hoping to get over her childhood crush over her best friend’s brother, Evan…only he’s her imperfect Prince Charming.

MR: Which character can you mostly relate to in Tempting a Prince?

CY: I think I would relate to Sarah, since I’m still looking for Prince Charming to come and sweep me off my feet.

MR: What was the best winter read for you this winter? Why?

CY: Hmmm…I would have to say Reclaimed by Diane Alberts. Love the twists she put in the story. She’s a newbie author for me, so I’m looking forward to her next book. I also started reading Lora Leigh’s Tempting series also. Love military men.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

CY: My new release coming out in February through Entangled Publishing is called True Connections, part of their new Ever After line, and Valentine Anthology. My heroine, Lia owns a matchmaking company and her grandmothers approach her to find her nemesis a date for the Valentine’s party. Only she finds herself making a pact with Max to keep their grandmothers happy. There’s humor and definitely some hot moments. I had a lot of fun writing it, and my editor is wonderful. It’ll be the perfect Valentine’s read.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? Current favorite author is Lora Leigh. Otherwise, I’m a sucker for J.R. Ward books.
What is your favorite book or series? Favorite series is J.R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And also Lorelei James’s Rough Riders series.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? There’s too many to follow! When I do have time, I’m usually checking out Wendy the Super Librarian’s blogs. Love her humor.
What is your favorite song? Favorite song currently is Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger
What is your favorite season? Fall, because of the different colors and warm but cool weather.
What is your favorite food? Sushi, I miss having sushi in Hawaii where there are restaurants with sushi plates on the rotating belt.
What is your favorite car? Anything sporty and fast.
What is your favorite color? Current favorite color is purple. Was pink.
What is your favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley.
What is your favorite time of the day? Dusk, because I can’t see my face clearly in the mirror and the pinkness in sky makes my skin look good. Okay, weird answer.
What is your favorite weather? Where it’s not too hot or cold, but perfect for me to run around in flipflops.

Thank you so much for having me!


Thank you Clarissa for finding time to answer my questions! It is highly appreciated!

The next stop of the blog tour is 1st of February @ Hesperia Loves Books. Have fun with the rest of the blog tour!

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed the background on Clarissa! That was funny about thinking it crazy that she finally got published. I see several books on her list that I would like to read based on the little sentence blurbs.

    Thanks for sharing!