Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Author Interview: Claudia Y. Burgoa

Do you have a favorite character from this series?


Do you have a favorite scene from either Next To You or book 1 Where Life Takes You?

I have several. This is part of one of my favorites from Next To You:

The rage that clenches my insides, including my head and perhaps my heart takes me on a detour to Becca’s office, where I find her kneeling next to a chair, with a roll of paper towels and two different cleaners. One logo portrays a sadden beagle on top of a carpet. Seeing Rusty inside his playpen with a puppy pout and her ranting, softness my anger.
“We don’t pee on our guests, Rusty. What kind of behavior is this?” When Rusty spots me, he wags his tail, as if I should praise his behavior. Which I would, if Becca wouldn’t chide me right along with him. From the sounds of this and Blaine’s earlier sour puss face, I deduce my dog knows how to behave and keep away undesirable male attention. The female in front of us doesn’t appreciate that behavior though. “If you continue like this, I’ll have to keep you at home. Why don’t you pee on Daniel? Now that’s something I would enjoy.”

Where did you get the inspiration for this series?

That’s a complicated question… I lost a couple of friends from HS. They were in college already, but a bit of their story gave me the idea about this one.

Rebecca is slowly becoming her own person in this book. I found Daniel to express his insecurities by being controlling. What would you like readers to come away from this book knowing/feeling?

I’d like them to see Becca’s growth, but also understand the human point of both. That as much as they change, there’s a part—our human part—that will always defines us. For Daniel is knowing that he has done everything to keep the people he loves safe. 

Is this the last book in the Life series?

I’m not sure yet, there’s a part of me that wants to write Buddy’s story… and why not, Becca’s and Dan’s children’s stories too. I’m just not sure if that’s going to happen.

Are you working on anything new?

Yes, I just finished the second book of the Knight Tale’s— Standing By which will published on September 23rd. I’m working on a Sci-Fi book and the third book of the Knight Tales. The former to be released on December, the latter early next year.

What advice if any would you give aspiring writers?

Write, read, write, read and never give up

Lastly, what are you currently reading?

The last installment of the Mortal Instruments ~ City of Heavenly Fire.

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