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. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Music

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

A. I would love to conduct an orchestra

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.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I sort of regret going to university at eighteen and not really having any bearings. In a sense my eight years of education was wasted on me. Still, all roads lead to where I stand.

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