Claire R. McDougall

Claire R. McDougall, a native of Scotland, graduated from Oxford University and lives now in Aspen, Colorado, with her family. After an early start as a newspaper columnist, her career in creative writing moved through the genres of poetry and short stories to settle on Scottish novels.

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Veil of Time

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Everything at this moment is exactly as it should be

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would have to say Jesus Christ, just because so much in history depends upon him, good and bad, and I would like to show him what became of this religion called after him and ask him what he thinks. My guess is he would say, in the words of Mr. Prufrock, "That is not what I meant at all. That is not it at all."

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Authenticity. Honesty. Self-awareness.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. You're looking at it. On one level. On another level, my children.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. On bad days, my greatest fear is of expiring into insignificance. On good days, I fear being disconnected to the elan vital

Author Voices

September 04, 2015

Here's the reality of being a writer. The first thing is bums on chairs: every day, same time, and it isn't always going to look like you're actually doing anything. Ask my husband. Writing is sort of like the universe: only 5% of it is stuff and the rest is either dark energy or dark matter.

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