C.L. Wells is a JANE-OF-ALL-TRADES, with a passion for writing and animals. She lives in Kansas with her family, which includes a fat doggie who is not named Toto and a cat who moonlights as an escape artist. Feel free to ask her about the ‘escape artist.’ She plans to write about it someday. She would love hearing from you.
What five words describe you?
Hi, Patti! Thanks so much for the invite! Five words... I would say opinionated but open-minded. I like to hear all sides and gather facts, but then I will have an opinion... for sure. About everything. Passionate and Compassionate-I love people. I love animals even more. Helping, doing, making a difference... those are the things that make me happy. And I'm creative. :)
What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?
It is the sequel to my debut novel, Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. This one picks up nine years after the first book. Since I just published last month, I'm hesitant to go into too many details. It will give away too much of the first book and I'm still learning how to market and promote to obtain sales, so I'm still searching for my audience. In my debut novel, my main character struggles with cutting. It's a taboo topic for many and so people tend to shy away from it when they really should give it a chance. Most people have someone who self-harms in their life and don't realize it.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your
most recent book?
Maia Mitchell and Victoria Justice both have the 'look.' The perfect acting would be a combination of Kirsten Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. My MC's personality is dry- humored, monotone, and quiet in the beginning of the book. But as things move along, Jennifer Lawrence's amazing talent for the dramatic would need to kick in.
If you could have been the original author of any book,
what would it have been and why?
The Hunger Games~Not because of the success, but because of the story. Honestly, an amazing job was done with the movies, but a movie can rarely beat the book. The books are amazing.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Having the time to sit down and write. I still work full-time. Having just released my first, I spend every spare minute networking, marketing, studying marketing, and fanatically checking to see if I had any sales for the day! It's exhausting.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writers block?
Sometimes you just have to step away. Other times, you open a new page and start writing something else... anything else. A memory, a short story, or even a letter. It all gets the juices flowing. Just know when to take a break.
Where would your dream location be for writing?
On the beach with a laptop immune to sand. I'm not sure why God didn't allow me to be born somewhere coastal. I guess he just wants me to have something to look forward to.
When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?
Oh yes. My MC is a real girl. Someone very close to me whom I love with all my heart. At least half my characters are inspired by someone I've known or met. Some are completely built for their purpose in the story. But I love them all.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes. I only have seven on Amazon right now and I've read them over and over. I'll never respond to them, good or bad. I don't feel it's appropriate. The customers should be able to have their say without repercussion from the author. Whenever I get my first bad one, I will probably cry, get a little angry, make a list of why their wrong, and then I'll get over it... eventually.
If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?
Someday, I hope to operate a no-kill animal shelter. I want to have at least five to ten books under my belt before I head down that road.
What would you tell your younger self that would have
helped you in your writing career?
Oh my goodness! I love this question. I think we've all traveled this path in our heads, lol. I would tell myself to get school out of the way first. It's okay that you've just spent your entire life there, keep going. Time goes by so quickly, before you know it, you'll be all done. Seize every opportunity while it's in front of you. Don't be scared.
Where can we buy your work?
Everywhere. It's on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo, and more. Soon I will start trying to get them into stores locally and then branch out.
How can we keep up with you?
My website is theclwells.com and it has all my contact info. I would love to hear from people! My author page on facebook is under C.L. Wells and my twitter handle is clwellsauthor.