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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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Claire R. McDougall
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. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Shooting my mouth off!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. In my life, I have been guilty of holding "Perfect Happiness," out in the future as the illusive goal. I hope I have come to a point of realising that happiness, or better contentment, is a question of going inward. It is perfect happiness to realise that perfect happiness was there all along.
Otherwise, a bar of almost anything made by Cadbury would qualify.

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