Claire Tamse [clairebells]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I can't remember what I first read. But, I began writing when I was at least, seven years old. I wrote scripts for our role plays. My parents and my teachers were the first to read it. They thought I was pretty good.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I love Romance Fiction. Unfortunately, I have no site to where it can be read. I'm working on 2 more novels. Maybe someday it can be published.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Well, actually, what I'm proud about myself is that when I write something, it just comes naturally. It's like my hands are doing the working. The thoughts just flow out constantly and for a second, I don't even stop to think about it.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
None specifically. Maybe The Twilight Saga and those few readings that made me cry. I love readings that you can relate to real life.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
A good story line, characters that are relate-able, setting that is understandable, a plot that is one-of-a-kind.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I love a first person because you put yourself into that character. As the story goes on, you actually think it's happening to you.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Stephenie Meyer, William Shakespeare, William Faulkner, Emily Bronte, Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
It should have an attribute that can be seen in real life, should have feelings that real people have. I create mine by taking what I feel and my attitude when faced with those kinds of situations and incorporate them into the main character. Mostly, it's what I wanted them to say or I wish I could've said in real life.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Not really. I prefer them written down. I have a hard time telling stories orally. Sometimes, it wouldn't just come out of my mouth. They'd have to drag every detail out of me.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Deep down inside, I write for the hopeless romantics, the broken-hearted and those people who are madly in-love.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes, it sort of a personal therapy. Like I said, these internal conflicts help you create the character and the way the story goes, what you want and don't want them to say or do.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes, it does because I know better what to do and what not to do in the next series.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No, I don't participate in competitions. I love working by myself. I don't particularly like showing off my work to everyone, just a few people.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes, my Mom and my aunt for that matter. And my best friend.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I'm still searching for it.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I'm not specific with those. I just want to get something done and work with it as long as I want to, as long as there's a story to write.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Nothing at all. I love a peaceful, serene place where I can work. That's why I prefer doing it hours before dawn or late in the evening because everyone else is asleep.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on the computer. But, sometimes, I write on paper whenever I feel like it. I don't print frequently. I send it to a trusted friend after each chapter and have her correct it. Then, once I get her feedback, I edit it.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Twitter, mostly. Sometimes, facebook. I have a tumblr account but, I'm still finding out how to use it.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I have no experience yet with publishers but, hopefully someday.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a novel where the girl has an exact life story as mine but, on a different situation.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
I recommend that you have it read by someone you trust, at least on person. And then, see where it goes. Who knows? You may have a future.
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I sing. I'm a vocalist. I love alternative rock.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I work alone. I don't have that much time to work on it with a group.
What was your first crush like?
He was gorgeous or so, I thought at that time. We were always paired together in dances at school. He was great in it and I wasn't.
What is most important to you in a relationship?
Loyalty and Trust. Once those two are gone, what other reason is there to stick around? Two people create a relationship. They should work on it and be involved in it together. No one gets left behind.
Is love a creative challenge?
I believe so. There are a lot of things to work out when you are or not yet in love. The more people strive to make it, things get better and ease up.
Do you consider it necessary to share views on politics or art?
Yes, it is. But, it should not dwell too much on that. If there are different points of view, there should be respect coming from both parties. It's the differences that make people grow.
What do women want from men?
Honesty, most especially. :) It's the basis of everything. It's where you start of or the foundation of a good relationship.
What do men want from women?
Same thing that women want from men - Honesty.
What things would definitely stand in the way of any possibility of starting a relationship with someone?
Definitely, lies. How can someone trust a person if they're keeping the truth from them?
Do you keep on trying, even if your feelings are not reciprocated?
It depends on how much is involved. If my whole heart is then, probably yeah. But, if only a part of it was taken away, I wouldn't waste my time. But, if he's happy with another person, I believe that the happiness of the one you love matters so I'll probably let him go.
Is conflict sometimes necessary to fuel love?
I think so. Let's admit it. There's no such thing as a perfect love affair. It would be great to work out some issues and face it head on than avoid it and never speak about it. It makes you drift apart.
Should we accept being alone or seek a way out as soon as possible?
I believe that love comes when you least expect it, when you're not looking for it. But, there's nothing wrong with trying. I mean, that's the point. If you don't find a way to do something about what you want then, you're going to be stuck in wherever point you are in.
Is it possible to only be friends with someone you are deeply in love with?
It may hurt but, yes. It is possible. Maybe in that way, you could figure things out on why he isn't the one for you.
Which kind of loyalty is more important, physical or emotional?
I would say both. But, being loyal physically is just a by-product of being loyal emotionally.
Do you keep friendly relations with your exes?
I actually don't have any Ex-boyfriends. But, if I did have, I would.
What three questions would you ask a person to see whether or not they could be considered a potential mate?
Have you ever cheated on a girl? Would you like me to be me or you'd change something about me? Would you ever date a girl just for sex?
Do you have a formula for increasing your partner's libido?
No. I think it just comes naturally.
What is your ideal plan for a romantic evening?
Have dinner, have a stroll on the beach and talk, where you bear your souls to each other and get to know each other better. A kiss then, maybe some intimacy..
Is jealousy a healthy or an unhealthy reaction?
It actually depends. It can be either. Unhealthy if it's too much. Healthy if it's done in a good way and just adds sparks into your relationship. :)
Do you believe love is possible when there are geographical, age, racial or cultural differences?
Yes, it is. If we take a look around us, we can see proof. Those factors shouldn't matter. It's the feelings that are important.
What are the keys to a lasting relationship?
Honesty, Loyalty, Passion and Love. Those things summarize it all without further explanations.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to flirt with you?
They should get to know me first.
What is your earliest memory?
Swimming on the beach with my cousins when we were 3.
Who were your childhood playmates? What did you play?
Mostly, my cousins. We played house and dolls.
What toys do you recall most fondly?
Teddy Bears. I love them until now.
What can you tell us about your family?
My family and I are really close. They may be over-protective but, I can understand them. Well, except for my Dad. We have a love-hate relationship sometimes or at least, I have with him. I don't want to blame him for anything. I just wish he didn't make the mistakes he did before.
What was primary school like? What teachers and classmates do you recall most vividly?
Primary school was fun yet, boring. I guess I was a little bit in a hurry to grow up. Most of the time, I spent my days reading books in the library. I was a nerd back then. Maybe until now. The teachers were all very nice to me. I was always in the honor roll.
What characters, famous people, or heroes did you identify with as a child?
I identify myself as Bella in Twilight. I guess most of us do. That's because she's like a mirror. Her thoughts are almost like mine. There's a certain awkwardness in her that's hard to let go. I'm a klutz and she is too. We both believe in fidelity and being a one-man woman. She knows what she wants or rather, who. But, I'm still figuring that out.
How complicated was your transition to adulthood?
I'm still in that phase. And, it's pretty much complicated.
What can you tell us about your discovery of sex?
I think it's done by two people who know what they're doing and are madly in love because a lot of feelings are involved. It's safe when it comes after the ring.
Did you always know what you wanted to be? How did you discover your calling?
No, I'm actually still figuring it out right now.
How many times have you found the love of your life? What about unrequited love?
I haven't found him yet. I'm still searching and waiting for him.
What was your first job? How did your first work experience turn out?
My first job was at my father's company, being his secretary. I don't like it that much. I prefer doing something I'd really love rather than keeping track of his schedules.
What do you consider the most important projects or businesses you have been involved in.
I have a lot in mind but, mainly doing researches about how things can affect people.
Who have been the key people along your professional path; people who have believed in you and given you opportunities?
My family and a few close friends.
Cities, neighborhoods, and houses where you have lived: how have they marked the phases of your life?
I've lived in the same city all my life. It's funny how fast time flies and how many things have changed.
Have you ever "come out of a closet" of some sort? What challenges have you had to overcome?
Come out of a closet with a deep secret of who you are? Well, I think I'm still getting to that after I figure out who I am.
What are the greatest successes and the major failures of your life?
I have both successes and failures in making decisions. I guess one I consider a great success is that I was constantly an honor student and I graduated from High School. I have yet to discover others. Maybe win a heart next time.
In the lowest moments, what kept you afloat?
My faith in God, the love of the people around me and knowing that, I could do something better tomorrow.
What do you give thanks to life for? What do you think you have had good luck in, and what not?
I give thanks for everything that has happened to me. I've gotten this far but, most especially for the people who made me who I am today and who have inspired me especially God. I think I have a good luck in my studies and not in my love life.
What was the best time in your life?
I haven't had it yet.
If you write your memoirs someday, what will be the title?
Being Claire Tamse.
What are the things that you definitely want to do before dying?
Go bungee jumping, Explore the world, Fall in-love, Get married, Have a Family and grand children, Fix a lot of things and Fulfill my dreams.