Interview & Contest: Clarissa Yip

Jen: Please help me welcome Clarissa Yip back to Romancing the Book.  Clariss, will you please share a short bio with us?

Clarissa: Well, I’m a contemporary romance writer. Mischief child and cupcake addict part time.

Jen: Tell us about Tempting a Prince and where is can be purchased.

Clarissa: Tempting a Prince is about Sarah, who is determined to get over her childhood crush, Evan, and find herself her Prince Charming through Madame Eve’s dating agency…only her date ends up to be the one man she was trying to get away from.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Clarissa: I would say nine. I’ve always written stuff since I was a kid, but I never really thought about publishing until the past fives years. My first book, Love by Auction, came out August 2010. It wasn’t so much ‘the call’, but more like ‘the email’ from Decadent Publishing. I’ve subbed the story a few weeks before, then I opened the email and they said they would like to acquire the book. My first thought: Are they crazy? lol

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Clarissa: I’m actually the only writer in the family, but my sister is an avid reader. It’s her fault I started reading romance.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Clarissa: Stress. Complicated. Headache.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Clarissa: I usually write late at night when everyone in the house is passed out. For some reason, my muse doesn’t play during the day.

Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to experience? If so, how?

Clarissa: Definitely. I see how much my voice has grown and molded itself with everything I’ve learned into it’s own, based upon my attitude and my word choice and ideas.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Clarissa: The most challenging aspect is finding time to write and sticking with a goal. Easiest? Coming up with ideas. Most rewarding? Knowing someone enjoyed your story.

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Clarissa: Character names come to me or if they don’t then I’ll do a search and see what names pop out. My muse will tell me if I’m on to something.

Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

Clarissa: My Best Friend – thank you for always being so supportive. I love you lots. Olivia Gates – thank you for being an awesome role model. Lynn Raye Harris- you’re an inspiration. J.R. Ward – Why can’t I have awesome characters like you? Judith McNaught – Why can’t you write faster?

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Clarissa: Hmm…I would have to say the people I’ve met, the connections I’ve made, and what I’ve accomplished in the past two years.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Clarissa: My next book that is out is called True Connections from Entangled Publishing. It’s about Lia, who returns to her hometown to open her matchmaking company, only to have her grandmothers asking her to help Max, her nemesis find a date for the party. When enemies are forced to work together, you bet sparks will fly!

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Clarissa: Website: http://clarissayip.com
Blog: http://clarissayipblog.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/clarissayip
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ClarissaYipAuthor

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Clarissa: Where’s my cupcake?

Contest details:

  • The prize is an ebook of the winner’s choice from Decadent Publishing’s catalogue!
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, February 26.
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