Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.
Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide's beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.
Firefighter Jasmine Mackinnon has always just been one of the guys. So no one’s more shocked than she is to find herself kissing fellow firefighter and all-around sinfully handsome playboy Aaron Parkes after a friend’s wedding. Jasmine knows she can’t risk an emotional connection with a colleague—a potentially dangerous entanglement when fighting fires together—and nothing's more important to her than her job.
Aaron never noticed how beautiful Jasmine was until he saw her out of her firefighter duds, but there’s something about the fiery woman that tempts him. Though he knows pursuing a real relationship is out of the question for a serial dater like him, when their casual flirtation builds into something more serious, it's not just their jobs or their safety on the line. It's their hearts.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I had a tomboy heroine in my head for a long time and I knew I wanted her to fall for a co-worker, but I didn’t know what she did for a living. I definitely didn’t want her to work in an office or in a traditionally female role. A friend happened to mention someone she knew who was a firefighter and a light-bulb went on. All the pieces of Jasmine’s story fell into place once I realized that she was a firefighter.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Around three months.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the excitement and anticipation of starting a new book, especially when it’s one that’s been brewing for a while and the first few scenes just fly out of my fingers.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I always slow down in the middle of the book and I find it very frustrating. There’s no way around it. All I can do is plod forward a page at a time until I approach the three-quarter mark, then progress picks up again and so does my mood.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Well, you don’t say it has to be a living famous person, so I’ll choose Jane Austen, and if I’m lucky I’ll be inside her head when she’s writing one of her wonderful books. Wouldn’t that be great?
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Ooh, tricky question. It’s a small jar of Dijon mustard. No idea how old it is, but I’d guess at around 10 months. Clearly, it’s not one of our favorite things. Now I’ll throw it out. Thanks for the reminder J.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Flirting With Danger is the first in the Firefighters of Adelaide series. I’m currently working on the second book in the series about one of the secondary characters in Flirting With Danger.