Today I’ve got an interview for you with the lovely Claire Plaisted!
Welcome, Claire! Tell us where you are from and what you do.
My name is Claire Plaisted and thank you Julie for having me on your blog! I am an Indie Author of various genres and also an Indie Publisher, assisting those authors who wish to have books to quickly engage the reader with a professional layout, book cover etc.
I was born in England, much to my dismay – I should have been born in North Wales, bah humbug that my parents decided to have an early summer holiday. I grew up in the small historical town of Sandbach where ghosts abound. Surrounded in history, and growing up in my ancestors’ shoes was awesome. The history grabbed my attention and developed into a hobby of Family History Research. I moved to Colwyn Bay, living there for four years, not realizing my grandparents were buried there. During this time, I had a holiday to New Zealand (much to my father’s shock I went on my own). It was here I met my future husband. Within two years I was living in New Zealand, married and today we have three out of four beautiful children – Young adults more like.
During this time, I started my family history hobby in earnest. Looking into my husband’s past. Due to all the research I was invited to do a reunion book for one family line and my formatting business was born. I researched and formatted a book for a gentleman’s 80th birthday, whilst waiting for information I opened a word document and my very first book was born. This is Crosswick Manor to be published later this year. Since this time I have published over 16 book in various genres and under a few pen names. Those pen names are Beth Bayley – romance and Kayleigh Broughton – historical.
This year I graduated with a Certificate in Small Business Management – Level 4. I had never thought I would attend college again, let alone pass. This year I am doing my Diploma in Small Business Enterprise – Level 5.
That is impressive, Claire. Congratulations! With regard to your novels, what genre do you write in?
Well that is a question and a half. I write in most main genres. However, I haven’t published in them all yet. I have published Crime, Mystery, Paranormal, Erotic, Fantasy, Young Teen and Children’s a couple of short stories plus a few Anthologies.
A bit of everything then, eh? Can’t argue with that! What are you working on now?
What I should be working on is my Late Regency book which I wrote 4 years ago. The Mystery at Crosswick Manor is a story of the Manor and those who live and work there. It has at least 5 couples’ stories which are explored. There is no real lead protagonist, though if you needed two then I would probably pick Matilda Templeton and Gregory Appleby because the story revolves around them in quite a few areas. I am also supposed to be working on my next Garrett Investigation Bureau Series which is due out for Christmas. It is about Abraham and his past – This will be book 6 in the series. Book two of my Girlie Adventures is due out in October.
Excellent!! Can’t wait to see that! What else are you doing, apart from writing?
I am drawing a book cover for my second ‘Girlie Adventure’ story. It is a slow process due to not doing any art work for over two years. I hope to get the main characters in the cover and then outline it and colour it in…The book is due out in October so fingers crossed this happens.
This is fabulous! So you’re an artist too? We have something else in common then. Now I know you are a very generous person and have a number of charity books, tell us about those.
Girlie Adventures will be a series of books about a young blue lady bug who lives in a cottage garden. She is friendly and helpful and in her first adventure she sets out to rescue her best friend – Grassi the grasshopper. Along the way she makes a few discoveries.
Each book covers an important part of growing up. Book one is Healthy eating and forty percent of net profit will go to ‘Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Book two is about kicking and biting, forty percent will go to a dental charity. Book three is for the Black Rhino and will help teach children how precious our wildlife is. Book four is about some bullies who end up been heroes’. Book Five is one about thieves with proceeds to go to neighbourhood support. Book six is about Rainbows…Only the first three have been written and as the ideas arrive another book is added.
This is my way of helping small charities get support.
That is fabulous. Bless you.♥
What are your goals in terms of publishing for authors?
Plaisted Publishing House is my main business. My goal is to have a wage. What I would like to do in the meantime is get as many Indie Authors published by assisting them with professional formatting. I have recently set up package deals to assist authors and small Indie Businesses. These packages will have areas of expertise contracted out to those who have the amazing professional talents needed to help authors who don’t have the knowledge or expertise needed. More info on package deals can be found here. https://plaistedpublishinghouse.wordpress.com/
All copyright stay with the author as do all royalties. You only pay us once, which is before final files are sent. Each author and or indie business will be offered a contract to do work as work comes in.
Plaisted Publishing House also offers a yearly Sponsorship for full length novels with a prize package of over $500 dollars for first prize and $200 towards formatting for second prize. Details will be added here for 2017 in January.
I also produce a by monthly newsletter called Indie Publishing News. This is a 30 plus page newsletter showing new releases, interviews, charity work from authors, business interviews, free books, etc. You can sign up here:
For those who are sight impairments and or blind you will need this link which is for Screen Readers
The group associated with this Newsletter is called is on Facebook and called Indie Publishing News. Here Indie Authors and Small Businesses can receive FREE Marketing once they sign up for the newsletter. If they wish to have repeat marketing, then there will be a small charge. This is open to the whole group. We also encourage people to post under headings which have been set up so please have a good look at the site before you post. https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndiePublishingNews/
Ghostly Writes is our NEW yearly Anthology for anyone who likes spooky short stories. This is the group for you. At present it is FREE to participate and the eBook will be FREE to Readers. If you wish to join in, please go to this link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/GhostlyWritesAnthology/
As a publisher I have had 23 clients so far, though if I include all those in the Awethology books I could say over 70 clients. The Awethology is the biggest book I have done to date with over 50 authors in two books and around 600 pages in each book. They are free to download on Amazon, Smashwords and most online stores.
This is so cool! You’re helping other indie authors to get a leg up on the ever increasingly difficult ladder, which is fabulous. Thank you so much Claire for dropping by!
Peeps!! You can find out more, and contact Claire on the links below.
Thank you for joining us Claire!
Thank you again Julie Nicholls for sharing this article on your Website. You are awesome. I enjoy working with you.
♥ You are most welcome♥