We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Petretti Marti and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Claire, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’ve always loved taking risks and avoiding following a traditional path. I’ve lost several people close to me, including three of my brothers, who passed away much too soon. From a young age, I knew on some level that my choices were shaping my life and that I didn’t have time to waste. I’ve chosen and continue to choose to follow my passions. When I became a lawyer, I knew it was the wrong path for me. Over the years, I quit practicing law, and tried on a variety of hats, including running a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress, selling legal software, teaching Pilates and yoga, and of course, writing books. I have many interests and never thought twice about leaving an established career when I felt the calling to do something new. I personally didn’t see it as risky, but more than a few people were worried on my behalf. These days, I’ve settled comfortably into writing novels (just finished #7) and teaching yoga on the side for balance. Each new book is a risk and that’s perfect for me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an author of romantic fiction and women’s fiction. Becoming an author is challenging, competitive, and an incredible amount of work. What I didn’t know when I started was how persistent you need to be to succeed. We all have stories we want to share, but to create them in a form that’s easily readable, that imparts a message without being preachy, and to actually get them published takes hours of dedication. But I love what I do, so the late nights and seemingly endless revisions are worth every minute. Sometimes people raise their eyebrows when I say I write romance and I believe there’s a misperception that romance novels are bodice rippers from the 1980s. Nothing could be further from the truth. I write romance because it is the genre of hope. I believe we all learn the most about ourselves through our relationships. I love exploring how two people fall in love and hold each other up, despite the obstacles. I read for entertainment and escape and seek to write stories where the reader can be transported to a different world for a few hours and close the book with a satisfied smile.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, assuming we could go anywhere we wanted, we’d go to the beach, hike Torrey Pines, go see a live show at the Belly Up, eat on the upstairs balcony of Pacific Coast Grill, eat a fish plate at Fish 101, snag a few donuts from VGs, go to Pilates at Pilates Republic, take a yoga classes at one of the studios where I teach–-Soul of Yoga or Yoga Six, have pizza at Bueno Forchetta, enjoy a wine and a cheese board from 3rd Corner. Ummm…this is all food and outdoors…Also, we have a great backyard, so we’d sit outside, listen to music, and drink wine.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people deserve credit! I’m lucky enough to have developed friendships with several successful authors and we cheer each other on––Kerrigan Byrne, Sarah Hegger, Anna Bradley, Jodi James, Katie Baldwin, and Krista Sandor, to name a few. I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to my husband Todd. When we met, I was doing corporate legal sales and teaching yoga. When I decided to leave corporate America forever to teach yoga and write books, he was completely supportive. He’s always believed in me and backed my efforts. He’s my rock.

Website: https://www.clairemarti.com
Instagram: @clairepmarti
Twitter: @clairepmarti
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claire.petretti
Other: https://www.yogadownload.com https://www.oceansoulyoga.com

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