Interview with Claire Marti, Author of Second Chance in Laguna

We’re chatting it up today with Claire Marti, debut author of Second Chance Laguna!

Please describe what the story is about.

Magazine editor and aspiring novelist Sophie Barnes left everything she knew to move to Laguna Beach to rebuild her life after being devastated by her fiancé’s jilting her at the altar. Little does she know she’ll meet the love of her life, player Nicholas Morgan, and fulfill her deepest dreams of becoming a successful author.

Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.

“Not that she cared what he thought one way or the other as she was planning on being a single novelist for the foreseeable future.

Like Jane Austen.

Just like Jane Austen.”

What do you want people to know about your book?

It’s a story about finding the courage to start over after suffering a broken heart. Choosing to release the past, live in the present, and follow your dreams is a recipe for happiness.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this novel?

That I believe in not just second chances, but in third, fourth…as many as desired. Choosing to change is powerful.

What was your timeline from drafting to publication?

I started in late 2014 and began pitching in 2015. I won a few contests and that helped me sign a book deal in March 2016.

What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?

I’ve got two favorite parts. I love creating the characters because the entire story springs from their inner conflicts. Learning to love and accept themselves frees them up to love and accept others. I enjoy transforming the crappy first draft into flowing prose. It feels like putting puzzle pieces together.

Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from?

Real life. I’m a big believer in the universal boot—when you aren’t following your dreams or fulfilling your potential, the universe will change it for you whether you are ready or not. Courage, vulnerability, and transformation.

When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress?

All the time. Sometimes when I’m reading an idea will pop into my head. I also walk on the beach a lot and ideas tend to flow when my feet are in the sand.

Share something people may be surprised to know about you?

I’ve got the musical taste of a teenage boy from the 1990’s. Alternative rock, heavy metal—front row for Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Muse, Guns n’Roses (back in the day.)

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?

From Nora Roberts at the RWA conference: There is no muse sprinkling fairy dust on your shoulders. It’s a job—sit your butt in the chair and write.

What’s next?

I just signed the contract for the second book in the Finding Forever in Laguna series. I’m about to embark upon revisions of the first draft of book three. Then, I’m plunging into the historical romance world. After that, I’m planning a mainstream women’s fiction story set in 1920’s Paris and Antibes.

SECOND CHANCE IN LAGUNA

When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel.

Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship–until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

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