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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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Zorba would rank up there.

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 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.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to conduct an orchestra

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