Today marks the release of The P.U.R.E. by Claire Gillian!
What’s it about?
No one ever said Gayle Lindley’s first job would be a killer.
Fresh out of college, Gayle’s career path should follow the yellow brick road straight to the top. Thanks to a menial errand gone wrong, a wayward tongue, and a randy supervisor who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, Gayle’s stuck in corporate hell.
Discovering a company secret only turns up the heat.
The one part of her life not going down in flames is her friendship with the gorgeous, but intensely private, Jon Cripps. Jon would make the perfect consolation prize for Gayle’s pity party if dating a co-worker wasn’t career suicide. Then again, with all Gayle has been through, maybe falling in love is the lucky break she needs.
Hitting the cool sheets with Jon soothes her mind and body, but it also enrages whoever’s behind the smokescreen she’s uncovered at work. Someone is willing to kill to protect their secrets, and Gayle and Jon are the targets.
With both her heart and livelihood at stake, Gayle’s early career-limiting moves could turn into life-terminating ones.
Now, who is Claire Gillian, and what’s she all about? We asked her a few questions and want to share her answers with you.
What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
Hands down, my favorite part is writing “The End”. As Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing; I love having written”.
Give you have an accounting background, did you use your own experiences or real-life facts based on true stories?
I often tap my own experiences or those of others I have either witnessed first hand or have strong faith that the stories they’ve told me are accurate. I drew heavily from real life for The P.U.R.E., both in tone and anecdotal experiences, and indeed that was somewhat the impetus behind my writing it in the first place. I wanted to share what it was like to be a new recruit in a very stodgy profession. My experiences covered more of the mundane than the sensational, thank goodness. I only had to look to the Enron / Arthur Andersen (my former employer) scandal to imagine the rest.
Did you ever think you’d ever become an author?
No, I never did put much stock in this any more than I thought I’d one day win an Olympic medal. Does that make me an accidental or lucky writer? No, I think it underscores my ability to thrive on the stingiest scraps of approval and a tenacious dedication to not being defeated but continuing to improve.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
I know the politically correct answer is to say, “my kids”. I guess, to my shame, I’m not so altruistic because I’d have to say being published ranks pretty high up there if not at THE top of the pile. Living and working in London on my own for a summer, passing the CPA exam on my first attempt and earning my Phi Beta Kappa key also stick out. I think there was also a pala’ie competition I won at age nine when I lived in Hawaii. See, it’s all about me, me, me.
and one more …
What advice would you give to people who “run out of creativity” when writing?
I firmly believe creativity is a muscle you can either let atrophy or build up through exercise. Some are blessed with better starting points than others but all can improve. I do flash fiction challenges to “tone” my creativity muscles. I firmly believe in pumping those short story reps.
Congratulations, Claire! Bravo on your debut release!