Author Claire Merle
"I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to pick up my book and allowed the characters to take them on a roller-coaster journey. Those who have written to me, those who have left reviews, thank you. You’re the ones that give the book life. For those of you who haven’t read it, if you’re ready for a dark, twisty ride that’s totally unpredictable, I hope you’ll give it a try."
- CLAIRE MERLE, debut author of 2012
How was the feeling of being a published author, at last?
The first time I held a copy of my book was very exciting and surreal. I couldn't stop jumping around and then kind of freezing at how strange it was. I used to imagine walking into a bookshop and seeing my book on the shelves. For it to actually happen is amazing.
What is/are the best thing/s that happened after your book was published?
Receiving emails from readers who loved the book and having other people ‘get’ what the my characters and story is all about. It’s an amazing feeling when a reader really engages and understands the different layers of the story. That sort of feedback for an author is incredible.
Did you plan, all along, to write/publish a book with the genre of what you got right now?
No, but when I began writing The Glimpse I realised that it was going to fall into the Young Adult genre and began reading everything YA I could get my hands on. It was insta love! I love the optimism and energy that infuses YA fiction. It’s got that ‘anything is possible’ feel.
Are you interested in writing with different genre or audience?
I don’t have any plans at the moment to venture into adult or children’s fiction, but it all depends on the story I find myself drawn to.
Do you read reviews about your book?
I love to read reviews if people have tweeted me or sent me links. But I don’t generally seek them out as I found it becomes pretty distracting when you’re trying to write the follow up!
Who is the character on your book who has the most response from your readers?
Cole, who becomes the main love interest, has drawn quite a bit of swooning. But the guy readers have the most questions about is Jasper, the boy Ana is supposed to marry. He’s something of an enigma in The Glimpse. In the follow-up book, The Fall, readers will get to spend more time with him, and I hope I’ll satisfy some of those questions!
Was there any book/s from other debut author of 2012 that you loved?
I’m currently reading Veronica Rossi's, Under the Never Sky and really enjoying it. I love the Smarteye concept and people being so deeply hooked into an online virtual world that they feel deeply lonely and strange coming out of it.
What's your next project?
I’ve just finished working on The Fall, the second and final part of The Glimpse Duet. This isn’t the official blurb, but here’s an idea of what’s in store:
Ana has escaped her father and made it to the Enlightenment Project – a secluded sect living on the outskirts of City. But back in the arms of Cole nothing is simple. Some in the Project believe her presence jeopardises their safety, others interpret her coming as part of their prophetic Writings. When a recording she stole from her father goes viral, casting doubt on the Pure tests, the Project comes under attack. Now Ana’s father isn’t the only one looking for her. She’s been thrown under the radar of the Chairman of the Board, a powerful woman with a sinister plan. Ana must take greater risks than ever to unravel the truth and discover the secrets that lie beneath the Pure test. But unlike her father, the Chairman doesn’t want her safely home. She wants Ana’s spirit crushed, permanently. And she will destroy everyone Ana cares about to do it.
Share us one embarrassing moment you've had.
In France kids start nursery school at three-years-old. I was heavily pregnant and I drove my 3-year-old son forty-five minutes through Paris traffic to school to realise he wasn’t wearing any shoes. I had to park up and carry him in. Understandably the teachers looked at me like I was a barmy British woman as I attempted to explain this embarrassing oversight.
What's the recent thing that made you cry?
‘Me Before You,’ by Jojo Moyles.
When's your birthday?
Ooh, I love so many I can’t answer that. But one of my favourite directors is Chistopher Nolan who wrote/directed Inception, Memento and The Prestige.
This changes all the time. At the moment Killers ‘Mr. Brightside’ is high up there.
How did you celebrate the publishing of your book? :)
Dinner out with my husband, kids at home. Lovely.
Claire wrote her first paranormal screenplay at the age of thirteen and named it after a road sign. DANGER ALIVE never made it to the big screen, but she continued to write and daydream her way through school and university, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Studies, and spent the next few years working in the British Film Industry.
Claire now lives in France with her French husband and two young sons, and is an advocate for Human Rights.
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by Claire Merle
(The Glimpse #1)
Published: June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.
Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.
Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.
Praises for The Glimpse
«...I just cannot find the words to describe this book. It's breathtaking. Honestly, I can say that this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time.» Catherine Bakes, The Bookbag.
«Intriguing concept and pacy plot keeps the reader gripped till the very last page.» Peters Bookselling Services, Book of the Week.
«...a story that'll leave you turning pages long after the book has finished... The Glimpse is surely one of the best books I’ve read in 2012» Priya, RavenFicReviews.
«... I absolutely loved this book. I haven't read very many books this year that I fell head over heels in love with, so it was really refreshing to read The Glimpse. Dystopian lovers and fans of Pandemonium need to go get this book immediately. It was that good. It was really hard for me to put this book down. I ended up dreaming about it.» Nichole, YA Reads.
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