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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Heathcliffe. He has bad characteristics but you understand him and have to be sympathetic to him.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Eeeks. All I can say is that I have four portraits on the wall of my office: Emily Bronte, Friedrich Nietzsche, DH Lawrence and John Steinbeck.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Passion

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. All the usual suspects: heart, soul, love, moon. I say "Amazing," and "Really," and "Blinkin" too much.

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