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.

Books by this Author

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 be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. On a beach watching waves turn over into foam, listening to them break on the shore

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. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Soup. (And chocolate)

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Mindlessness and unmindfulness. In America, the propaganda of the NRA as an example of this.

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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