Claire Applewhite, mystery writer and Acquisitions Editor for Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC, is a graduate of St. Louis University. Her published books include The Wrong Side of Memphis, Crazy For You, St. Louis Hustle, Candy Cadillac and Tennessee Plates. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Applewhite has served as a Past President of the Missouri Writers Guild and Board member of the Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Organizational memberships include the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active member, Mystery Writers of America.
Struggling to comprehend his new and sometimes cruel reality involving poverty, disease, drug addiction, and racial tension, the young intern, Thomas Spezia, is not prepared for the rigors of training and the gritty reality of St. Louis City Hospital. When his mentor, Dr. Skelton, assigns the case of Lori Raines, a terminally ill patient, Thomas becomes overwhelmed by her needs and the demands of her philandering husband and so he embarks on a treacherous road to self-discovery that indelibly transforms his life. Everyone has a dream, but every dream has a price. Thomas must answer the question that gnaws at him, day and night: Has the price become too high?
NOW FROM CLAIRE
(1) Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
My latest release, THE DOCTOR’S TALE, is based on a diary found in a patient’s medical records during the demolition of St. Louis City Hospital. An entry called “Bitter Rendezvous” is particularly poignant. In it, a terminally ill patient describes her husband’s affair, and her own subsequent decision. The unfinished story really grabbed me, and I wanted to give it an ending.THE DOCTOR’S TALE is the result. It was just released on Amazon this past week.
(2) How do you get inspired to write?
The movies, music and fashions of the 1940’s are inspiration for my novels, as well as snippets of conversations and/or people I meet that I find intriguing. I’m always asking, “What if?”
(3) What are you currently working on?
I am currently at work on a romantic suspense novel called A BUNNY’S TALE. Of course, it has a femme fatale named “Bunny.”
(4) What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
I would advise aspiring writers to strive for a daily production quota of at least five pages. Read, read, read, especially the work of those authors who write in a similar genre. Learn from them what works for you. Most importantly, write to find your own unique voice.
(5) What’s the best thing about being a writer?
The best thing about being a writer is being able to create a fantasy world, the people who live there, the words they say, and the things they do. It’s so much fun, and when other people tell you they enjoyed reading your work, there is nothing better.
(6) How do you deal with writer’s block?
Write through “writer’s block.” Just keep writing, even if you think it’s not going to be your best work. Some of my best scenes started out that way. Just remember, you can go back and rewrite it later. Don’t let yourself get in your own way.