H. Claire Taylor

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Reader, PMS survivor, Texan, satirist, author of the Jessica Christ series and the Kilhaven Police series, podcaster, blogger and oversharer.

Send me book recommendations for humor, psychology/sociology (criminal is the most fun), indie publishing, artificial intelligence (not too technical; I'm an English major FFS), or marketing. Bonus points if you recommend something that's all of the above.

I read fantasy, sci-fi, and lit fic unless someone pushes it on me, at which point I rebel and make sure to never read that title. I don't understand it either.


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H. Claire Taylor I almost never have writer's block. My problem tends to be the opposite: too many ideas and not enough time. Storytelling is a muscle that you…moreI almost never have writer's block. My problem tends to be the opposite: too many ideas and not enough time. Storytelling is a muscle that you exercise by asking, "And then what if...?" over and over again. As someone with a tendency toward worrying, I'm already asking that question all day every day, so focusing it on my work rather than the minutia of life has been a fairly productive solution to both writing and avoiding full-blown psychological neurosis.

My M.O. is to think twenty steps ahead, so sure, sometimes I hit a roadblock in my story, but I realize it well before it's time to put fingers to keyboard. By the time I'm actually sitting at the computer, I already know where the next 20k words (at least) of my manuscript are going, and as the story comes to life, the solution to whatever problem I was facing later on tends to appear organically. I think that's really the trick: planning multiple plot points ahead before you even start writing. (less)
H. Claire Taylor The Jessica Christ series has my full writing attention at the moment. I'm currently about 20k words into book 4, and holy moly is this thing becoming…moreThe Jessica Christ series has my full writing attention at the moment. I'm currently about 20k words into book 4, and holy moly is this thing becoming a monster. In a good way. You know, one of those good monsters. Whatever.

Book 4 is a huge turning point in the series as Jessica navigates college life, so I'm taking my time with it, even though I know I owe it to loyal fans to get it out as soon as possible. Trying to find that balance can be difficult, but I might be stubborn enough to pull it off. (less)
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Favorite Reads of 2019, Part 1

January- June

Since we’re almost at the halfway point, I figured I’d let loose some of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year as part of my 100-book reading goal. I’m happy to announce that I’m about on pace for the midway mark (9 days left in June as I write this, and 45 books down).

I’ve found myself really enjoying nonfiction this year. Fiction just hasn’t held my interest like it usually do...

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“That’s just not how it works. Maybe it works that way for guys, but not girls. It’s not the better you are, the more people love you. It’s the better you are, the harder people try to ruin you.”
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“And when I say Deus Aper, when I say that we are all pigs, but God is Hog, I mean it.”
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