Check out this author spotlight for Clarissa Gosling!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Hi! I’m Clarissa, though most people call me Clari. I have always lived more in the world of daydream and fiction than in reality. In my writing I explore purpose and belonging across worlds. Having never found my own portal to faeryland, I am resigned to writing about fantastical worlds instead.
I now live in the Netherlands with my family, where I write as much as they will let me. When not reading or writing, I drink too much tea and have a burgeoning obsession with Bundt cakes.
I am the author of the “Dragons of Kaitstud” and “Lost Princess of Starlight” YA fantasy series, and the “Expat Life” series of non-fiction guides for families moving, and living, abroad. I am an admin for the 365 Writing Challenge, an international writing support group that supports writers to build the habit of writing. And I am one of the co-hosts of the Reading Queens podcast, which discusses mainly young adult fantasy books and their major tropes.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Spring – I love all the new flowers coming up and the new life blooming. It’s also my birthday, which helps too!
Tea or coffee? Definitely tea, I can’t stand coffee.
Morning or evening? I think I’m more of a mid-afternoon person really.
Library or museums? As an ex-librarian I have to say libraries, though museums are fantastic as well.
Plotter or pantser? Plotter through and through. I have tried to pants, but I get paralysed and can’t write at all as I don’t know where the story is going.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I love stories about a baby smuggled out of a castle and brought up “normally”, only to find out when they are of age that they are the true heir and need to fight to reclaim their birthright.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I am currently working on two young adult fantasy series, and alternating book releases in each. The first, Dragons of Kaitstud, is about dragons and a girl who has to find her family and then reconcile both halves of her heritage. The second , Lost Princess of Starlight, is about fae and is a portal fantasy about a girl who finds a way through into faery (with her horse) where she is hailed as a long-lost princess.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
The first book in my fae series, called Fae Fair, released in April.
A magical world.
A bewitching fair.
An impossible promise.
Zoe longs to escape her bullying foster brother, but when she takes her horse for a ride and accidentally crosses into faery, all she wants is to return home. That is until she is hailed as a long-lost princess.
But in faery, the forest is constantly changing and dangers lurk around every corner. When Zoe’s curiosity leads to the capture of the one friend she has made—the enigmatic Guardian of the Gates—she becomes bound by an unwinnable bargain to the Queen of Dawnlight.
Then there’s Prince Florian. Aloof and scornful, but irresistible, he knows more about Zoe’s past than she does. He may be the only one who can help her fulfil her promise to the Queen—if she can persuade him to help.
The magical fair in the centre of the forest may hold the answers Zoe seeks. But as with everything in faery, the fair may not be quite all it seems…
Fae Fair is the first in a new clean series for lovers of fae, epic fantasy, and magical bargains.
The second book in my dragon series, called Dragon heir, launches at the end of November.
Birgith has found her dragon family, but now her Bear Clan family is in danger.
The crystal to choose the next clan leader is missing and everyone blames her. With the dragon’s existence no longer a secret, Birgith must choose whether to stay with the clan that shunned her or hide with her dragon brothers. With the threat of destruction of everything she loves, Birgith has to take the matters into her own hands. But what can she do to stop the impending doom?
Haydn thought he had a future with Birgith.
But after she leaves him behind, he thinks all hope is lost. Until her brothers make him an offer he can’t refuse. This is a chance for him to prove himself, and to win back the girl he loves. Can these two find a way to save their continent and each other?
Continue Birgith’s epic fantasy adventure full of magic, political intrigue and slow-burn romance.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
A few years ago now I read a BBC article about an inverted tower on a supposed Templar site in Portugal, and the idea of a construction going vertically into the ground stuck with me. So a similar inverted tower is a major setting in the book I’m releasing in November.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Once I’ve taken the kids to school I make some tea and sit at the computer. I start by looking through what I wrote the day before, generally adding more detail and emotion in. Then I work forwards from where I left off. My timetable is based around when the children are at school and when I need to ferry them to or from places, so some days I work more in the afternoon than others. Then most evenings I will do more admin or marketing work.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
To get started sooner! Stop talking about it and actually do it!
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!