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To Be, or Not To Be A Writer?

To Be or Not To Be A Writer?
Claire Datnow author
This is an interview with me, myself, and I whether to be or not to be a writer.
What made you become a writer?
I have always devoured books as if they were the keys to a magical kingdom. Reading ignited my imagination, fueling my desire to become a writer. The stories I read opened doors and windows in my mind. No flashes of insight, no grand epiphanies, just a steady, mounting passion to create my own stories.
What is the work you’re most proud to have created?
My books are like my children. I cannot pick a favorite. However, my books that could be stand the test of time my are memoir, Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: Growing Up White in Segregated South Africa, and The Nine Inheritors: The Extraordinary Odyssey of an Ancient Scroll.  The most difficult books to write are my cli-fi adventures. The dire consequence of climate change must be portrayed without sugar coating yet inspire young readers with hope.
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If you had to pick three books that have influenced your work the most, which ones would you list? Why?
Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth series set in China. Buck’s stories paved the way for writing empathetic stories about diverse cultures and, incidentally, fueled my desire to travel across the globe.
Jean Craighead George’s environmental mystery series, including, The Case of The Missing Cut Throats, inspired my series The Adventures of The Sizzling Six.
Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr shine a light on the brutal consequences of war on individual young lives, paralleling the destructive force of climate change.
Kim Stanley Robinson Antarctica, which parallels, in my mind, my cli-fi trilogy, Red Flag Warning: A Climate Adventure (Book one), and The Gray Whale’s Lament (Book two) that I am currently working on.  
What are your hopes for the AWC throughout the next few years? I hope it will be possible for our member to get together in person, or virtually, for craft sessions, and possibly a book club that focus on critiquing a book from a writer’s P.O.V
What’s the best writing advice you’ve received? Writing is like the art of making fine wine or good cheese which takes time. To (mis)quote Orson Welles “We will publish no books before their time.”
What are you working on now? The second book in a climate change trilogy, The Gray Whale’s Lament.