VBT & #Giveaway: On the Edge by Claire Gillies

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Catherine MacGregor spends life daydreaming her way out of the perils of a dead-end job, and a dwindling love-life. Rather than face imminent redundancy, Cat finds herself giving up her life in the city, and moving to a remote Scottish island for a fresh start. Unlocking her passion for art, things have never looked better, until the handsome but elusive musician Patrick Flannagan takes to the stage, complicating her best-laid plans. Cat’s past could be catching up with her at last. Can she unlock her own secrets, and learn to love again, in time to save her brave new beginnings?

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Before Cat could grasp her drink, she was approached by a younger man who looked a little nervous.

“Would you like to dance?” With his open, earnest baby-face, Cat put him at about eighteen, and was flattered.

“Yes, why not!” She fanned her face, trying to recover from the previous dance, ready to launch into another. This one was different, still with a deal of twirling, but with variations involving kicks and a burst of graceful hopping. Cat laughed as she missed a few steps, trying to keep up both with the music and her partner. She loved the movement and the strength of the steps; they made her feel so alive, like her stint swimming in the sea earlier that month. Her partner spun her around one last time, and the music stopped suddenly, and everyone clapped again. The fiddler started playing on his own, a much slower waltz to which Cat was about to start gliding with her partner, until a cough came from behind them.

“May I interrupt?” Patrick smiled, and looked down at them both.

“We’re just about to dance!” the boy said “Go find your own partner Paddy!”

“Come on now, Archie!” laughed Patrick, “you know I’m only good at the slow dances and there’s lots of girls lined up by the wall over there just waiting for you to ask them!”

The boy looked at Cat, then at Patrick, considering his prospects for a few moments. “OK then,” he finished reluctantly, handing his partner over without any more complaint, heading quickly in the direction of the waiting girls.

How has your impression of self-publishing changed and would you recommend self-publishing to other authors?

The indie author world has indeed changed drastically over the years...

I have just released my first novel On the Edge, this industry is new to me and I'm learning a lot each day, although this is not my first time being an indie author. I co-wrote a children's book with a friend back in 2009 and things were different then. People didn't really self-publish - or admit to it! From what I saw there was a stigma attached to it, that if you needed to self-publish then you weren't very good writer. We published our book through a sort of agency in Australia, who put the book on Amazon and other distributors online. Mainly what we got out of it was numerous posters and book marks of the front cover! I'm not sure how easy it was to publish eBooks then, but things didn't seem as easy as they do now. Being self-published was a secret that you kept quiet...or at least I did! I'm not sure if the term 'indie author' even existed then?

Now, authors are proud call themselves indie authors, and quite right! I am too! It doesn't mean that your novel is any less good, authors go "indie" for many reasons. Personally, I approached agencies to begin with, but as the letters of rejection came in, I realised I would need to do this alone or forever by waiting for agents! I'm quite an impatient person and also my star sign is Libra, which according to Astrologers; I like to be in control. So being an indie author makes sense, I want my own freedoms. With that though, comes the negatives - not having a team of people to advise makes me feel like I'm swimming on my own in vast ocean, rather than swimming in a much smaller pool.

Being in control and having freedom is important to me, but I wouldn't say being an indie author is for everyone. It's a lot of work; the constant researching of marketing techniques, connecting and forming relationships online, organising social media channels, the list goes on and not to mention finding time to write! However, I do believe if you have the notion to put your book out there - do it! Don't let it sit for years getting covered in dust! That would be a waste. I encourage you to unleash your art into the world. Good luck. x

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Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Claire’s homeland continues to be a stream of inspiration for her. A clothing designer too, Claire (Lorna) creates one-off bespoke garments using Scottish tweeds and tartans.

Claire currently splits her time between Scotland and Australia with her lovely Irish husband. She is a cat lover (without the cat) and can be found either drinking coffee, researching the best cake haunts, or watching yet another costume drama!





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