So what do YOU do? ~ Clare London: Outside the Margins

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So what do YOU do?


“So what do you do?”

How often have I heard that? Whether it’s from friends or strangers. And it’s more frequent now I’m not working. But I am working! I say to myself. It’s just that I’m not working in an office, in a city, for a corporation, in a role that’s definable. You see, I’m an author.


my inquisitor sucks in a breath And then come the secondary questions.

Oh yeah? Wink-wink

It’s just an excuse to sit at home and watch TV, right? No, I say. I don’t often have time. Scribbling a few words a day, they say, and surfing through Facebook. No, I say again, maybe more testily. It takes long hours, discipline and scheduling to produce a rewarding and marketable product.

Have you had anything published?

Yes, I say, and watch them startle. This shows that “what we do” is often measured by things other than self-fulfilment and the joy of creation. It only counts when you earn from it / it wins awards / people know your name. sigh Not that I’m being hypocritical. I like being published, I like seeing my books on Amazon. And having worked in a commercial office day job all my adult life, I know that’s how the world turns.

Like 50 Shades?

Oh, how I sigh at this question LOL. But I know it’s a sign of people looking for a point of overlap, so they can discuss it with you. Just … not an overlap with just one book, okay? There are other books on the shelf LOL.

You can’t live on that, can you?

The green eyes of jealousy think the scribbling-a-few-words-thing will earn them millions without having to face the morning commute, boring routine, and bloody hard work of their own jobs. No, I tell them with a smile, I don’t make enough – though I know many people do – but it’s true that most writers don’t (Oh, and there’s plenty of boring routine and bloody hard work in my life, too!).

So when are you going back to work?

I am working! my inner voice wails. But I hope never to go back to a nine-to-five, office-based job, and never to be an employee again. That’s not to say I don’t intend to work hard, work to a schedule, meet deadlines and strive for a living wage. Just… I want to do it for myself now LOL.

That’s brilliant, well done! What are you working on at the moment?

Oh what a treat to hear this! Even if it’s someone who doesn’t read my work, it’s wonderful to be able to chat with someone who understands and empathises with what other people choose to do with their life. And shows enthusiasm and interest!


So, here’s MY question … What do I do, friends?

I write, I enjoy it, I talk about it, I network with authors and readers, I publish it, and I make a small income from it. And recently? I’ve written instalments in the kick-ass, “With A Kick” romantic comedy series which I love to share with readers! Thanks for reading!

~Clare London~



WAK-banner5 Title: With A Kick series
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance

WITH A KICK SERIES: A new and enticing ice cream franchise, with a unique blend of full flavour, mischief and romance. Patrick and Lee are struggling to make a success of their alcoholic ice cream shop in the centre of tourist London. At the same time, their business partnership may take a turn towards the personal – if either of them can find the time and nerve to go for it! Meanwhile, they cater to the wild and wonderful range of customers in the area, many of whom have their own romantic agenda. Will ice cream be the final ingredient they’re all looking for?

A joint-authored project with Sue Brown, this series of romantic novellas launched August 2014. Each story will have a self-contained romance, but will follow the history of the shop throughout.

Find all the details and BUY links at

Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

~ Clare London

About Clare London

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy.  Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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8 thoughts on “So what do YOU do? ~ Clare London: Outside the Margins

  1. Recently, someone who knows darn well I support myself writing announced in front of a group of people, “You don’t have a job.”

    I know he meant I didn’t have a DAY job workin’ for the man…or did he?

    I think “what do YOU do” is a question in which emotions run awfully deep.

    • Oh how true! It’s wrapped up with what people see as a “job”, their own aspirations, their perception of themself, and the often anguished feelings in trying to find a work/life balance – or even a job one enjoys!

  2. The most popular question I face currently is ‘How many have you sold?’ My answer is I haven’t a clue, but I’m working on two more novels…their eyes glaze over as I haven’t said I’m a JK Rowling billionaire.
    Clare should answer – ‘I’m a popular author with many respected books to my name.’

    • Good grief Beverley, how British-ly rude to talk about sales LOL. But how true, that sometimes it seems you’re only allowed to be either JK-status or starving in a garrett somewhere ;).

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