The Wildcat of Braeton Blog Tour - Interview and Giveaway!

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Today I welcome the wonderful Claire to you, celebrating her upcoming release, the Wildcat of Braeton. It looks like an epic novel that I really hope to read someday. 
Before the author interview, here's about the book: 

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“If you’re fighting our battle, we’d best make you look 
like a champion,” Tam said to Aiden. Tam and Blair began to apply the war paint the Clans had worn into battle since before they arrived in Braeton.

“You ready?” Tam asked when they finished.

“As I’ll ever be,” Aiden replied. “Tam, if everything goes wrong, you take charge after me.”

“I’m praying nothing goes wrong,” Tam said. “Just remember what Diarmad said when he built this place: ‘In times of trouble, a Champion shall rise up and Scodra shall not fall.’”

His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.

A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.

As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain - war is coming to the North!

Why did you choose to start writing?

I decided to start writing because I wanted to create my own adventure story. And I was tired of having the same story in my head for four years!!

Quick! Name one random fact about yourself.

I have a growing collection of cowboy boot ornaments and figurines. Mostly ornaments though.

What inspired this series?

I love the Narnia stories and I think they inspired me more than even LOTR did. I started making up stories in Narnia because that way I could actually go there. Then eventually I decided to take one and make it my own. From there it developed into an adventure story with elements I loved from other books and movies.

What does your writing process look like?

Typically I start writing a story in a notebook. I love the way a pen feels against the paper and I think it’s easier to write that way. After I finish the story I take the notebook or notebooks and sit down at the computer and begin typing it up. That’s where a lot of editing and rewrites come in. After that I kind of edit in bursts when the mood takes me. More and more recently I've been writing on the computer instead of notebooks because a computer is most readily accessible. However, I do like having notebooks lying around to jot down ideas and stuff. Which reminds me…I need a few more notebooks… :)

You can never have enough notebooks. xD 
How do you incorporate your faith into your books?

I think a book can reflect Christianity without saying its name outright or through allegory on every page. To be a true Christian it takes more than saying you believe in God. It’s how you act. And that’s really what I incorporate into my books. My characters always have strong morals that they aren’t willing to compromise when the going gets rough. They show respect to friends and enemies, love their country, and will do what it takes to defend it. I also find it important to include an overall deity figure even if I don’t ever go into the belief structure because I think that there needs to be a higher power than governs the world and that people can believe in.

What's the hardest part about writing?

I think the hardest part is staying true to the story you want to tell even if you think it won’t be popular among your audience because there is a reason you picked that story to tell. That and editing. I don’t like editing.

I don't like editing either. Welcome to the club!
What is something you love to do besides writing?

Horseback riding! I've been riding horses since I was twelve. I love horses so much! I haven’t actually ridden in about a year and a half and it’s kind of killing me inside! We joke that a horse is the first thing I’m going to buy when I get a real job after graduation.

What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton, The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, Triss by Brian Jacques, I can’t just pick one of the LOTR series, and more recently discovered are Behold the Dawn by K.M. Weiland and Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea.

Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

I do like Aiden who is the main character in The Wildcat of Braeton, but I think my favorite will always be Corin since he’s the first real character I created. I have loved seeing him grow and develop in The Rise of Aredor to accepting who he truly is in The Wildcat of Braeton.

Claire Banschbach was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. An avid reader of Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and many other adventure novels, Claire was prompted to begin writing her own fantasy novel at seventeen after several years of daydreaming. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn't have spare time). When not scratching out stories and homework with pen and pencil, Claire partakes in the joys of watching the Boston Red Sox, Aggie football, playing volleyball, and horseback riding. She hopes her faith and strong foundation in God will continue to help guide her writing. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

Opens at midnight March 23 and closes at midnight on March 28. Giveaway includes 2 signed copies of The Wildcat of Braeton and accompanying sets of four notecard sized illustrations from the series!

A Note From Claire: 

Release date info-
Due to circumstances beyond my control, the release date has been moved to (most likely) May. However, if you feel that you cannot live without this book, you can buy it here- Warning- it costs about a hundred-million dollars (or I’m a poor college student and anything over $20 is expensive), so I would wait until its official release date and you can shop more cheaply! Stay tuned on my Facebook page or blog for more info on the release date!         

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Thank you so much for allowing me to take part in this, Claire! 

- Katie Grace 


  1. Thank you so much for having me! Interviews are so much fun! :)

    1. You're welcome! I love interviewing people. xD

  2. It's so much fun reading all the interviews in different blog tours :)

  3. The Wildcat of Braeton sounds like a pretty neat book!

    1. I know! I'm really hoping to read it soon.

    2. *whispers* You should check it and the prequel out.... ;P Thanks! I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance!

  4. Great interview! Sounds like an interesting story; the cover reminds me of the Warriors series, a little. :)


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