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Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Thursday Author Feature ~ The Poetic Art of Seduction by Clarissa Clemens

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The Poetic Art of Seduction 

by 

Clarissa Clemens




The Poetic Art of Seduction
(The Erotic Poetry Collection Volumes 1-3)
by Clarissa Clemens

A collection of all 3 volumes of Clarissa O. Clemens' erotic poetry book series, The Poetic Art of Seduction, under 1 cover!

An erotic gift of lyrical rhyme to keep on every bedroom nightstand for play. Kinky yet classy erotic poetry painting sexy pictures and scenes with seductive words to read to each other and get the mood soaked in seduction.

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What critics have said about Clarissa's poetry:

"...A delicious dance with words..."
"Impossible not to be aroused..."
"...mouth-watering feast of erotic rhyme..."
"...her words ebb and flow with a superb sensuousness."
"5 Stars is just not enough for this exquisite work of erotic art"

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78 Passionate poems of seduction are waiting for you to be devoured with lust and desire.

41Beautifully sensuous photographs have been included to heighten your visual experience with Ms. Clemens poetry.

A must-have for every couple looking for new ways to add the spark back into their flame.

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Author Bio

Words have always loved to come play with Clarissa O. Clemens. As a young girl and teen, Clarissa wrote for her school paper and used the written word to channel all the angst and longing for love through her poems and short stories. After her divorce, she again took pen to paper to process all the emotions that were slamming into her head and heart to try and heal, have hope again for love and intimacy, and rediscover the sensual being that had been lurking unattended for many years. After she shared these poems with close friends they strongly encouraged her to find a way to publish them and share them with the world.

In 2008, Clarissa graduated with her BS in Accounting and had been able to land a great job as an Accounting/HR Manager for a private country club. In July of 2011 she self-published her 1st book of erotic poetry from the series, The Poetic Art of Seduction. In addition to her 3 volumes of erotic poetry she has written to date, Ms. Clemens has published 2 volumes of hopeful heart poems in the series, The Poetic Diary of Love and Change; she is currently working on the 3rd volume to be published very soon.

Besides her passion for writing, Clarissa loves to play golf, travel, read, explore music, and spend time with family and friends. Her hope in sharing her poems and written works is to help put passion back into people's lives and rekindle the flame in their hearts for love and desire.


                 http://www.clarissaclemens.com/ 
                 (hopeful heart poetry website)


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Amazon Purchase links:

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U.K

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The Interview:

Hi Clarissa and welcome to my blog!

Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I just finished the 3rd volume to my series, The Poetic Diary of Love and Change. It went live on Amazon today this week!

This series is quite different from my erotic poetry series. When I was separating and divorcing my ex-husband, I had so many feelings and thoughts that I needed to process. Poetry helped me immensely to channel all that was bubbling up inside my head and heart. I like to say that I probably saved thousands of dollars in therapy by having my poems to work through the emotions and give myself hope for the future.

What motivates and inspires you to write?
Thinking. I have a very active imagination and like to entertain myself inside my head. One of the ways that I entertain myself is by playing with words. This has led me to write hundreds of poems. 

Another inspiration lately has been visual images. In Twitter I will find a photo that churns up the words and ideas inside me and then formulate a mini-poem in 140 characters or less. Come visit me in twitter and see me in action!

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Set goals. Without goals, time slips through your life until that day you find yourself saying “I should have…”.

Do lots of research to find out what other established authors are doing in your genre to find out what is trending. In today’s world, self-publishing (if that is the path you take) opportunities and areas to focus on are changing all the time.

Don’t be afraid to be innovative and creative with marketing.

Test out pieces of your work on social networks such as Twitter. 

Don’t give up.
  
Do you have a favourite quote, if so what is it?
Before I started writing poetry, I had a saying that I would tell myself “See your future; be your future”. This inspired me to visualize how I wanted to see my future and make it happen.

I have so many favourite lines of my poetry but one that I love very much and keeps things in perspective is from my poem “Back Burner” found in my series, The Poetic Diary of Love and Change. Here it is:
“Put the stress on the back burner
it only burns its way back
Put your mind on the future
and it becomes the past…”


Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so can you share?
In March of this year, I left my day job as an accounting/human resource manager. I hope to continue down the path of my success as a published and popular poet and writer so that I will never have to go back to balancing a day job with my creative flow. It is so wonderful to have the flexibility of allowing the creativity to come out when it is ready instead of holding it back until you have a free moment. I appreciate very much being able to work full-time as a writer.

Which type of book do you prefer to read?
        a. ebook
b. paperback
c. hardback
d. None – I listen to audiobooks!

For the last year or so, I have been ‘reading’ audiobooks. Since I began writing and self-publishing my poetry a couple of years ago, I have very little free time to sit and enjoy a book. I was going out of my mind not being able to fit reading into my schedule. My boyfriend travels a lot and recommended that I try audiobooks through audible. I didn’t like the idea at first but found that my drives to and from work (which took about 20-30 minutes) was perfect for listening to a book. I began looking forward to driving and even traffic so that I could listen longer. I would also listen when doing domestic chores around the house on headphones. 

Occasionally, I will still read some books via my ipad and Kindle app but I do miss holding a book in my hands and turning the pages. 

What is the very best thing about writing for you?
Letting the inside of my mind shine.

How many novels/books do you typically read in a month?
I typically ‘read’ only 1 to 2 audiobooks a month because most of my time is spent writing. If I am in the car a lot, I end up ‘reading’ more. 

What is your favourite genre to read at the moment?
I love historical fiction and have pretty much as long as I can remember. I love to understand a time period through either fictional or non-fictional characters set in real life historical events. I recently read The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult; I loved both of these books tremendously.

Who’s your greatest inspiration/s to date?
My greatest inspiration in my life has been my paternal grandmother, my Granny Annie. She went back to school in her early 60’s and earned her Associates degree in Journalism and became a successful society writer for her local newspaper. Watching her inspired me to go back to school after I was divorced to finish my Bachelor’s degree in accounting and to view writing as something one can make a living at.

Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies that you’d like to share with us?
I am an avid golfer. My dad got my younger brother and I into the sport when we were kids and I am the only one of the 3 of us who still plays. It’s been a great hobby to share with the men in my life. You can really get to know a person’s temperament on the golf course. The first date with the Man in my life was at a driving range. I wanted to check out his swing and see how he handled it when he didn’t hit it perfect. Fortunately for him, I gave him a bunch of tips and now his game is awesome. Unfortunately for me, he usually beats me by several strokes now. That will teach me for giving away my golf swing secrets!

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
My lease favourite part of the writing process is formatting my document to upload to Kindle.  There are still some glitches in their system and the compatibility of Microsoft Word that will make you pull out your hair trying to get everything as perfect as possible.

How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing? 
I write for as long as I feel clear and creative. If I find myself forcing the words to come out, I stop. I do not feel my best work happens when I am tired and have to make it happen. 

Are you a: 
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer

I am a ‘whatever is closest when inspiration strikes’ writer. Since poetry is my genre, it is fairly easy to write on whatever is handy. Yellow Post-its were a common form of writing media for me when I had office jobs before the IPhone became are constant companion.

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Very many thanks to Clarissa for joining us today and sharing some very delicious and highly evocative poetry! 

Enjoy her work, I'm going to ;)




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