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 any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A conductor or a great musician. When I was younger, I wanted to be an archeologist.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Zorba would rank up there.

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

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I admire Barack Obama - I used to think that politician and integrity didn't belong in the same sentence.  In the same vein, Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, because he faces a Bannockburn of resistance from the English government over Scottish Independence and he does so with grace and good humour. Oprah Winfrey because she gives us a good model for women coming into their power, doing good with what she has earned and seeing herself within the spectrum of history.

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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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