Claire Belberg

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Hi! I write novels, short stories and poems. My first novel, The Golden Hour, was released in June 2017, a cross-genre novel that I think of as speculative realism heading towards the literary end of the spectrum. I'm now working on a dystopian novel series set in an alternative future, exploring mid-life transition in a city-state with every convenience - and an abhorrence of nature.

My poetry is usually around nature themes, and I live in a wonderland called the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, where koalas, possums and colourful birds are resident, and kangaroos and echidnas not uncommon. We also have poisonous snakes and redback spiders...

I have published poetry as a contributor in Women's Work, and in many issues of Tales from the Upp
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Claire Belberg Summer is a while away for me...but the books I'm looking forward to reading soon are: Kylie Leane's Protectors, Book 2 of Chronicles of the Children;…moreSummer is a while away for me...but the books I'm looking forward to reading soon are: Kylie Leane's Protectors, Book 2 of Chronicles of the Children; and Bryce Courtenay's Matthew Flinders' Cat. Then I'll probably start on the third in Stephen R Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle. I am often inspired to read the books friends recommend ahead of others languishing on my want-to-read list, so if you think there's a book I'd love, let me know!(less)
Claire Belberg Inspiration comes from lots of sources. Some lead to me writing poetry, others to writing fiction. If I'm experiencing something deeply emotional, I w…moreInspiration comes from lots of sources. Some lead to me writing poetry, others to writing fiction. If I'm experiencing something deeply emotional, I will probably write a poem. If I get a thought like 'I wonder what would happen if...?' or 'What could possibly go wrong?' I might write a story. Depending on how many layers that thought leads to will determine if it's a short story, or a novel (I can't afford too many of these - they take me years to write!)

But lots of my writing has no special inspiration other than life. What gave me the idea for my about-to-be-released novel, The Golden Hour? Young men struggling to know what they wanted to do with their lives.

The more creative stuff I surround myself with, the more creative I become. The more I do with my creativity, the more ideas I have. Each spark ignites more.

My final thought about inspiration is this: getting ideas is the easiest part of writing. The harder part is doing something with it, day after day, year after year, rejection after rejection. Perseverance and a steady writing habit take the spark of inspiration to its glorious goal: a fire that others can warm themselves at.(less)
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In each of my novels, published and as yet unpublished, I have a character who loves visual art. James, the protagonist of The Golden Hour, has a passion for graphic design. Meg, the anti-hero of my unfinished adult dystopian trilogy, loves visiting art galleries and her daughter is a professional artist. In my YA time travel novel, Evernow, one of the two narrators, Emmi, loves to draw nature.

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Stephen R. Lawhead
“Perhaps it is how we are made; perhaps words of truth reach us best through the heart, and stories and songs are the language of the heart”
Stephen R. Lawhead, Merlin

Tim Winton
“Writing a book is a bit like surfing," he said. "Most of the time you're waiting. And it's quite pleasant, sitting in the water waiting. But you are expecting that the result of a storm over the horizon, in another time zone, usually, days old, will radiate out in the form of waves. And eventually, when they show up, you turn around and ride that energy to the shore. It's a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you're lucky, it's also about grace. As a writer, you roll up to the desk every day, and then you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon. And then you turn around and ride it, in the form of a story.”
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“You die how you live.”
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