Hopefully you have read my review that I posted earlier today on The Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook. I had a fun little story about how I discovered the book and broke land speed records to get to the book store before the last copy was snatched up.
Today I am enjoying an iced coffee because its summer and it sounded good, while I prep for my chat with Claire Cook. Claire has already turned out to be an amazing author and I really have just met her through her book I just read and through a couple emails. I am so excited not to get to learn a little bit more about this author so please welcome, Claire Cook.
Claire: I take it right up to my office as fast as I can and get to work! Oh, wait, I get it. One percent milk, no sugar.
We are chatting over coffee today to discuss your book Seven Year Switch. I simply adored this book and you really brought out the “foody” in me with all the foods you describe from different parts of the world. What was the idea behind putting this side job for Jill in the book?
Claire: Thanks so much, Sheila! I’m so glad you enjoyed Seven Year Switch and I’m thrilled to be having coffee with you. All seven of my novels are about women reinventing themselves in one way or another, and readers always tell me how much they enjoy my characters’ jobs and how these jobs often given them ideas for their own lives. Jill’s life didn’t turn out quite the way she planned, so I knew that instead of jetting all over the world as a cultural coach, she’d be doing something much less glamorous. Teaching Lunch Around the World classes just seemed like something she’d do, and I thought my readers would enjoy both the cultural info and the food!
I really did enjoy the cultural references! In Seven Year Switch, Jill works for a company called Great Girlfriend Getaways, which of course is totally where I want to work when I grow up! Do you like to travel or prefer to leave that to your characters?
Claire: I know, too bad GGG doesn’t really exist — I want to work for them, too! I went to Costa Rica for research for Seven Year Switch — tough work but somebody’s got to do it! I also went to a fabulous lavender festival in Washington state as research for The Wildwater Walking Club. I love to travel, especially for my novels, and I try to pick places I think my readers would enjoy!
I am a total cover snob and LOVE LOVE LOVE this cover. Do you have any say in the covers chosen for your books?
Claire: Thank you! I love the Seven Year Switch cover, too! I have a wonderful publisher, Hyperion Voice, and they’re very open to my input. As soon as I saw this cover, I knew it was perfect!
What is coming up next in your world? (another book, life happening…)
Claire: The revisions for my next novel have just arrived via FedEx, so I am about to disappear into author land again. I can’t wait till everyone can read it — it’ll be out in the summer of 2011. I’ll post more about it at http://ClaireCook.com and do some fun giveaways, as soon as it gets a little bit closer!
You currently have seven novels that are published. Out of all of your characters that you have created, which one would you most likely be friends with and why?
Claire: I would totally hang out with all of my characters! Otherwise I wouldn’t have let them into one of my books. And I’d never be able to pick a favorite – I’d worry too much about hurting the rest of their feelings!
Claire that is an awesome answer – it sounds like something I would say! I hate to admit this, but this is the first book I have read written by you. I have seen and own the movie Must Love Dogs, but have not read this book. Since I am now excited to read something else you have written which one of your other books would you recommend to me start with and why?
Claire: That’s okay! I’m always thrilled when a new reader (and a talented blogger!) discovers my books! I find that if someone enjoys one of my books, they usually like them all, so you can jump in anywhere. But if I had to pick one, I’d say The Wildwater Walking Club – it’s about a group of neighbors who start walking together as they figure out their lives, and I think it’s a fun and inspiring summer read.
Claire: I’m giving away a beach bag filled with all 7 of my novels, plus a beach towel! Head over to http://ClaireCook.com for more info. I love doing giveaways, so make sure you sign up for my newsletter while you’re there, so you stay in the loop for the next one!
I am so on that! I love fun giveaways! It is tradition for me to ask every author I chat with to share a little known fact about themselves. Spill it Claire!
Claire: A zillion years ago, I was one of the country’s first certified aerobics teachers!
Thank you so much Claire for your time! If you ever come Minnesota way give me a shout!
Thank YOU, Sheila — and thanks for the coffee! I’ll definitely look you up if book tour (or research!) takes me to Minnesota!
Readers, I hope you will find time to stop by and check out Claire’s Lovely Website as well as the fun giveaway she is having!
22 thoughts on “Author Chat With Claire Cook”
Oh, I loved this interview, Sheila and Claire. And I can’t wait to learn more about the upcoming release.
I’m adding The Wildwater Walking Club book to my list…
Thanks Laurel 🙂 I ordered a copy yesterday 😀
What a nice interview! I, too, enjoyed Seven Year Switch and WWC. In fact, all of her books have been winners for me. Heading over the sign up for the newsletter to stay in the loop for next year’s release. I’m sure it will be another good one.
Thanks Julie! Claire was fun to chat with and I too am receiving her newsletter!
I did the same as you Sheila. I read Seven Year Switch and immediately ordered Wildwater Walking Club. Then I picked up a copy of Summer Blowout too. I enjoyed this interview Claire and Sheila! I love Claire’s sense of humor! I’m looking forward to next summer’s new book already!
I am looking forward to the Walking Club book – perfect summer reading 🙂
I have been to three readings/signings with Claire Cook. She is absolutely wonderful–not to mention side splitting funny as she rolls along in free-wheeling discussion with her audience.
When I was in my 50s, I went back to college to get my degree, starting out at a nearby Massachusetts community college campus. During that time, Claire’s book, Multiple Choice, was released, and she totally hit the mark with her older women dealing with her younger, multiple-pierced classmates story line. Multiple Choice is still my favorite of her books.
Thanks for a great interview!
I would love to go to one of her signings Marcia – I bet that was awesome. I have already hinted to her that she needs to do some research in Minnesota – we have oodles of potential for writing material here 😀
Thanks so much for chatting with me, Sheila — I had a blast! And thank you for your nice comments, Laurel, Julie and Beth!
It was a blast Claire….. I am devising ways now to make you come and do research in Minnesota so we can really do the coffee chat 😀 ….
Perhaps a winter type story? We do winter pretty well…
Claire has a great sense of humor that I love her interviews and absolutely loved Seven Year Switch. It was also the first book of hers I’ve read and now I can’t wait to read another one…guess that would be The Wildwater Walking Club!
She is fun Vicki – thank you for your review that led me to this great read and author 🙂
What a great post! Thanks for sharing it with us, Sheila. Claire’s books are definitely on my TBR list.
Thanks DarcyO! I hope you enjoy them 🙂
She sounds like an interesting person! I love foodie books 🙂
Ladytink I do too 😀
That was a super fun author chat!!! I didn’t realize she wrote Must Love Dogs…I love that movie. So now I think I need to read her books too!
I didnt know that either Staci until I started reading her website. Too cool! 😀
Fun interview! I think it shows that you’d been chatting with her beforehand. 😉
Thanks Hannah – I think Claire is someone I really could sit and have coffee with for hours! 😀
Definitely looks that way from here, yay!
Nice interview. Checked out Claire’s site and it is lovely. Will definitely be reading this book. the tidbits on cooking, travel, and cutural information are favorite topics.
Claire, thanks for doing the interview and sharing about your wook.
Sheila, thanks for bringing this book and author to our attention. I’ll be looking for her books.