Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interview with Claudia Y. Burgoa

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Next To you is the sequel of Where Life Takes You, it begins where Where Life Takes You left off, with a devastated Daniel Brightmore dealing with a broken heart.  

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I tried back in 2008 with my first MS… which I profusely want to apologize with all the agents for sending such a terrible thing to their desk.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
I didn’t, I did in fact receive some advice from a couple of agents, which I followed.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
The possibility of controlling my own deadlines, as I have OCD.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I start with a vision, write what I like to call my plot draft where I get to meet the characters, their stories and their purpose. Then I develop their names, physical traits, personal characteristics, their likes and deslikes. Then I outline each scene—aka chapters. And finally after all that arduous labor I write. 

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Half and half, I let the muse take me for about 20k words, helping me get to meet my characters and understand the plot. Then I outline it, to keep it real.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I hire two, a developmental editor and a copyeditor slash proofer.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Barnes & Noble, Nook, iTunes and Book Depository

How about some fun facts-which do you prefer? Dogs or cats, coffee or tea, vanilla or chocolate, morning or night?
Chocolate covered vanilla ice-cream

What’s next for you?
Standing By to be released September 23rd, 2014.

Book & Author details:
Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two-book novel.

Next To You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
(Life #2)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…
Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancĂ©e and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.

Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.
As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?


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Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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