Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Claire Sanders

Is there a story behind your book, The Last Lonely Christmas?
A lot of my stories come from problems I’m trying to solve in my own life. I’ve been faced with the problem of spending holidays alone and having to decide if I wanted to suffer in silence or do something about it. I hope the reader notes that the heroine of this story solves her problem before the hero steps in and changes her life.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The demands of everyday life can easily keep me from writing. I work full time and have a family, so finding a few hours to write can be a challenge. I’ve learned to stop measuring my writing by how many words I produce each day. Instead, I focus on inching my way toward the finish line.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Although they’re not writers for the Christian market, my favorite authors are Deborah Smith, Dorothea Frank Benton, Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips, and Jennifer Cruisie.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
The heroine of “The Last Lonely Christmas” is a capable young woman who can solve almost any problem in her life. But when the only solution is something she can’t provide for herself, she learns she must learn to rely on others. This is so much like me it’s a bit scary. I’ve often taken self-reliance to the extreme.

What is your favorite season of the year?
I live in the Houston area, and we are notorious for our steamy, hot summers. It’s no wonder then that my favorite season is autumn. When that first cool breeze blows through in October, I feel like the whole world is sighing in relief. In fact, I decorated my bedroom in autumnal colors so I could enjoy the season year-round.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
People who visit central Texas for the first time sometimes comment that the land is vast and empty. It’s true that this part of the state has few forests but the wide-open vistas and massive sky are familiar to me. I revel in the feeling of openness. Whenever I visit the dense forests in the eastern part of Texas, it feels gloomy and claustrophobic. To each her own, I suppose, but those empty prairies are home to me.        

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Any time I have to make a phone call to someone I don’t know, I grit my teeth, say a quick prayer, and dial the number. I find that communicating in writing or face-to-face is so much easier than trying to talk to a disembodied voice. I love email and texting but I’m afraid they’re only enabling my reluctance to talk on the phone!

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
My favorite place to travel is any place I haven’t been before. I love learning new things and visiting a new place or a different culture is ripe with opportunities to learn.

 Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
My books “The Captive Bird” and “A Thousand Little Blessings” are both about forgiveness and the powerful healing that comes when one forgives. Another common theme in my stories is women who do not know their true worth, but learn that they are much more than caregivers or good workers.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I have several books currently in print. You can read about all of them at my website Also, friend me on Facebook and you’ll receive notices of my new releases.

To purchase Claire's book:

Claire Sanders is giving away a copy of The Last Lonely Christmas.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Patsy said...

Would love to read Claire's book!

Carol Q. said...

This book sounds very interesting. I would love to read it

Deanna Stevens said...

Yes, there are those who are alone during the holidays and I would like to see how your book ends.
d_stevens310 AT live DoT CoM

Caryl Kane said...

Thank you for the interesting interview with Claire. I would love to read The Last Lonely Christmas. :)


sm said...

I don't like the lonely feeling at the holidays because when the kids grew up the excitement ended! Now I look forward to our baby granddaughter getting old enough to enjoy the holidays. Now I will concentrate on the real meaning of Christmas and also enjoy family coming together. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a good story (I read the blurb on her website). I'd love to be the lucky winner. I've spent a lot of Christmases without that special someone as a single mom.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Lynden Blossom said...

I'm sooo looking forward to reading this new book after just having finished doing the Audiobook Narration for Claire's book, 'Three Gifts.' I'd love to win a copy of this one at this point. (Perhaps I'll even Narrate for this one, also, someday... 8-]) I really enjoyed the interview and getting to know a bit more about her.

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I enjoyed the interview with Claire.

Judy B

Anonymous said...

Claire I also live in the Houston area(Pasadena).I loved hearing about your life. And, I would love to win this book of yours. I'm going to like you on FB.
Thanks for the give-away.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

Claire I also live in the Houston area(Pasadena).I loved hearing about your life. And, I would love to win this book of yours. I'm going to like you on FB.
Thanks for the give-away.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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