Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before seeking a publisher. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction’s Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories. Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. The second book, Immortal Surrender, was just released in September, and the third follows in March 2013. For those who prefer the more erotic side, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters. She lives in Missouri on a farm with her two toddler sons, and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. She can be found online as @ClaireAshgrove on twitter, on Facebook and via her website and blog.
SFFWRTCHT: What got you started with speculative fiction? Which authors, books or movies inspired you?
Claire Ashgrove: What got me hooked was an infusion of R.A. Salvatore, The Hobbit, and Steve Berry. More than anything, I got hooked in fiction. Escaping to different worlds. Making my own. I love world building. Steve Berry is a huge influence on my speculative fiction… I’m also a huge fan of R.A. Salvatore and his Drizzt books. Of course, I read romance, and Meredith Duran I can’t put down, along with Karin Tabke/Harlow, Maggie Shayne and Shayla Black. I adore Faulkner as well. If I can ever make an impact like “My mother is a fish”… I’ll have reached my personal goal.