Clare Davidson is the author of the YA fantasy Trinity
Trinity is an epic fantasy about coming to terms with the past. It follows the journey of Kiana, a sheltered girl who is also the physical embodiment of a goddess. When her home is destroyed, she decides to take her future into her own hands, rather than going back into hiding. Accompanied by an inexperienced Guardian and a hunted outcast, she sets out on a quest to restore the goddess and mend the trinity of gods.
What makes your book different than other books out there?
Trinity is a face paced, character driven fantasy. It has an unusual heroine who shapes her own destiny.
What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to the books you write?
I generally read fantasy, often aimed at the young adult audience. I think it’s important to read as much as you can in the genre that you write. That said, I also read outside the box. Recently I’ve read some paranormal romance and I’m currently reading an historical romance.
Do you have a ‘day job’? What is it?
I’m a high school teacher, which takes up a lot of my time. I taught English for five years, but now I’m embarking on a subject change to Performing Arts–my original degree was in Theatre Studies, so it’s not that crazy a leap!
What has your biggest struggle been so far?
Finding time to write. My day job keeps me really busy, as does my three year old daughter. Even on days when I do find the time, it’s sometimes hard to find the energy. I try to make myself sit down to do some writing or editing–and more recently promoting–most days. I rarely take days off, even when I’m the other side of the world on holiday!
How do you feel about romances being so common in YA (and to a lesser degree MG) books?
I think romance is an important topic for teenagers. They’re at a stage where they are becoming more serious about relationships and understanding their feelings and emotions far better. It’s also a tumultuous time, with hormones flying around all over the place! Having romantic subplots in YA books is something most teens would be able to relate to.
That said, I think it’s important to make sure that a romantic subplot is in a book for a reason: that it advances the main storyline in some way. Romance shouldn’t just be thrown in because “it sells”.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Generally from things that I watch, often Anime. I find that Anime has clear, strong central themes that resonate with me. The inspiration for Trinity came from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles. I adored the concept of a young man doing everything he could to save the life of a girl who didn’t even remember him. Trinity has developed a lot from that initial spark of inspiration, but everyone needs something to kick start their imagination!
What’s next for you?
I’m working on two things at the moment:
I’ve just started work on a sequel to Trinity, which picks up almost immediately after the end of Trinity.
My next release will be a MG/YA urban fantasy, set mostly in modern day England. It’s been a lot of fun to write and is now in the hands of an editor. I’d love to tell you the title, but choosing a good one for this project is proving to be harder than the actual writing!
Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fiber craft hobbies.