5 Questions with Clarissa Johal

Published December 11, 2012 by LS Murphy

Clarissa Johal has done everything from working as a veterinary assistant and vegetarian chef to volunteering as a zoo-keeper aide and swimming with six foot sturgeons. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day she fully expects a wayward troll to wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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 Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1. What was the spark of inspiration for Between?
I was working on the second installment of my YA fantasy series when I was hit with two characters that didn’t belong in a YA novel. I kept setting them aside, but they kept returning, stronger than ever. So, I started writing Between. The first complete draft was finished within a couple of months and a year later, it was ready to submit.

2. If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be?

A succubus. I won’t elaborate on that.

3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write every day, even if it’s “bad” writing. Develop a thick skin and don’t take rejections or criticisms personally. Everyone had their own style and taste. Find a writing support group, online or in person. To be successful, your writing has to be the best it can be, but networking is pretty crucial too.

4. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I would travel to the 1920’s. I love the clothes, the music and the lifestyle. Flappers, you know.

5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek. I was always a sucker for Spock’s ears.

About Between:

Since Lucinda was a young girl, she’s been able to see spirits, a gift that didn’t come without its problems. Now, a dedicated, young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that everything can be saved. When Lucinda is involved in a car accident that kills her fiancé, she is devastated and moves to a small town to live a life of self-imposed exile. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. However, there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire. The spiritual activity around her intensifies as Lucinda is increasingly haunted by memories of the accident. As she is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she surprisingly finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life…but a battle for their salvation.

Buy it at Musa Publishing

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