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Meet the Writer: Clary Gray

Oui, oui, baguette!

This is a special one, guys. Clary is one of my beta readers for Finding Elyssia. Her support is invaluable to me. I've also been reading for her current editing project, which she'll talk about in the interview, but let me tell you, she's a firecracker. I remember when I read the prologue on her Figment and I just had to message her straight away. Anyway, let's get to the good stuff!

Q1. I bump into you at a NaNoWriMo write-in and now we have to be buddies. Talk to me. Be as awkward as you want.

OH MY GOD IT’S YOU! *Looks frightened*. A) How did you find me? and B) It’s all going to get a little crazy now isn’t it?

Q2. Tell me about your latest writing project. How do you stay motivated for it?

I’m not particularly motivated for it, thanks to uni and its inability to give me time to write or nap, but I’m editing Dust to Ashes (my novel) while working on a horror story called A Spill of Ink. And when I need to be motivated I’ll call up my dad and we’ll sit and talk about how sick and twisted this plot can get. He doesn’t mind. That’s what happens when you give your kids Stephen King books to read!

Q3. If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family or group of friends, which one would it be?

Ooh. I’m going to say I’d like to live with the dysfunctional people in The Young Ones. Just because crazy, unpredictable things happen all the time. Not to mention they’d make me laugh.

Q4. What would you most likely go to prison for?

Kidnapping a musician (Hello there Alex Turner!)

Q5. Tell me about a scene you wrote that made you cry. A lot. If you can’t think of one, tell me about the last book that made you cry. 

I can do both! I recently read Uncle Tom’s Cabin for uni and that had me worrying for the health of my Kindle from all the tears. My professor laughed when I told him. Even though it’s supposed to manipulate you into crying, it worked. And the last thing I wrote that made me cry was the end scene of Dust to Ashes J Hehehehe, I’ve made you wonder now…

Q6. Would you rather be able to save mental snapshots or audio recordings?

Mental snapshots. It would mean a much easier life at uni.

Q7. Cats or dogs?

Cats. Not that I’ve owned either, since I’m too absent-minded to remember the usual things like giving it food etc. but I’ve always thought cats were cool. Plus they chase those laser-pen things around. That’s funny.

Q8. If you had to give up one of your best skills to be rich, which one would you give up?

Not writing! Although I don’t know what else I’m good at. Maybe sketching?

Q9. You step out of the house as if today is like any other day, even though it’s not. Something’s different. The leaves on the trees were green yesterday. Today they’re pure white. The sky is bright and clear, but there is no sign of the sun. Birds are moonwalking on air instead of flying. Kids are moonwalking to school in a neat, consistent line. Somewhere in the distance, unseen from where you stand, a flute is being played in a disastrous rhythm. What the hell is going on?

Michael Jackson has come back from the dead. Now the world is ending. And to prove it, that flute is playing his cover of The Beatles’ Come Together.

Q10. If the whole world was your audience for one minute, what would you say?

I’d probably just go on a rant about how brilliant writing is, and how Oscar Wilde should come back from the dead, kick David Cameron’s ass and take over the world.

Q11. Do you like video games? Which is your favorite? (If you don’t, answer this question for movies.)

I still like the odd game of Pok√©mon when I’m stressed and bored. It’s amusing to watch little creatures faint.

Q12. What’s your theory on the reason behind popularity of villains?

Villains are fun. They offer something new that the main character is too virtuous to give us. They represent the chaos that we can’t actually let loose in our own lives.

Q13. Did you always want to be a writer? If not, where did your passion lie?

Yes. I was pretty good at reading and writing from a young age, and reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban showed me how entertaining a book could be. Besides, it beats a desk job (or one involving any maths!) hands down.

Q14. Write a short poem about a girl who can’t find her favorite toy.

Henrietta couldn’t find her toy dinosaur

She pretended she could hear it roar

She cried until her eyes got sore

And found it eating Piglet behind the door.

As you can tell, I suck at all this poetry lark. Unless it involves some kind of Morrissey/Poe level of misery and woe.

Q15. This is an open-floor question. You can tell me more about your book, or shoot some awesome writing advice at me (or both). It’s entirely up to you.

My current project is a story called A Spill of Ink. It’s about a guy who is failing as a writer and is a recluse following the death of his wife. And when he finds the perfect typewriter, he soon learns that writing is nothing short of treading the line between the real and the imaginative…

Also, still editing Dust to Ashes, which I’m hoping to get done by January so a publisher can take a look!


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