Friday, January 20, 2012

Author Interview: Clarissa Yip

Today we have an interview with  author, Clarissa Yip, who is promoting her 3 latest books: 
Tempting a Prince, Once Chance & Silent Night's Seduction.
(You can read my thoughts on each here)
Welcome Clarissa!

Kari: What inspired you to become a writer?

Clarissa: Well, I've been writing since I was a kid, but I never knew I really wanted to become a writer until I decided to make a change in my life. Five years ago, I quit my job as a manager at a spa, packed up all my stuff, got on a plane, and moved to Hawaii from New York. Jobless, with nothing to do but hangout at the beach, walk the harbor, go shopping and sightseeing, all I did was catch up on the reading I never had time for when I was working. And I started going through my old stories, and actually decided to make something of it. Since then, I've been chasing my dreams that I never knew I had. So I can't say I was born a writer. It just kind of came to me, and I love it! 

Kari: Where do you come up with the idea for your books?

Clarissa:They're usually from everything. I could be watching a show on cooking or even HSN, the shopping channel, and ideas would come to me. I used to love sitting on the beach and staring at the blue waves and just brainstorming. Now that I've moved back to the mainland, my muse has been having a fit.

Kari: What is your favorite book so far?

ClarissaThere are too many to choose from! I'm a big JR Ward fan, but I love historicals and suspense stories. I also love rereading older books by Julie Garwood, and even Terry Goodkind, so my tastes vary depending on my mood.

Kari: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Clarissa I'm actually working on a series for Entangled right now. The first book, my editor has, and I hope she likes it. *fingers crossed* I do have a new release coming soon on February 2nd, called True Connections, which will be released along with Entangled's Valentine's Anthology. It's about Lia, who has returned to her hometown to open a matchmaking company, and with grandmothers who dapple in everything, they try to hook her up with her nemesis by having Lia find Max a date to the Valentine's party. You never know when love is going to bite you. 

Kari: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

ClarissaI love watching Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Lizzie just comes off as the girl that I want to be. Courageous, brave, and always speaking her mind. And the way she finds love...*sigh*. Oh, Mr. Darcy.

Kari: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

ClarissaI would LOVE to be a panda bear. Well, one, they're my favorite. Two, bamboo is probably good for you. And it's pretty. Three...wait, panda's aren't skinny, are they? 

Thank you so much for having me here!


About the author:

Contemporary romance author, Clarissa Yip, leads a life of adventure and mischief. Constantly on the run, she’s always hanging out with her muse, plotting the next best story, and looking for anything that will fuel her imagination. Besides being an avid reader and writer, Clarissa enjoys scrapbooking, video games, immersing herself in addictive TV shows, and engaging in anything that will challenge her mind. A lover of food and languages, she also loves to try new things. Her dreams involve finding the ultimate way of sharing her world with yours. From the Hawaiian island of Oahu to the beautiful season-changing New York, you never know where she’ll be.

Please join her as she ventures to the unknown as she wields her stories, escape to exciting adventures across the country, and shares the view of the world through the eyes of a writer. Her website:

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