About

I’ll admit, I’m not exactly certain what goes into an “About” page. So in lieu of the proper introduction, here’s a long rambling list of things you may or may not find out about me in a long conversation, or five.

I like to write, though I usually only do it during NaNoWriMo these days. I’m a big reader too… I like science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, but there’s also a special place in my heart for writing that does something new. I really love metafiction, for example.

I also enjoy cooking. What I make usually wouldn’t be eligible for a magazine cover, but it usually tastes pretty good. Notable exception? Polenta. I refuse to ever make polenta again. Also, for some reason rice ends in disaster about 50% of the time. I like to make bread, but I’m not much of a baker other than that. Also, though I’m not really a vegetarian, I pretty much only cook vegetarian dishes.

I’m a lesbian, though people are usually surprised to find that out.

For about a year, I was part of a roller derby league, and loved it. Then I had to move, and I’m not playing right now. I don’t know if I’ll ever join another league or not, but if not, then I’ll remember my year playing derby as one of the best things that has ever happened to me.  

I have a cat named Skittles. She’s just under a year old right now, and the day she became mine also marks the beginning of a series of events that led to one of the worst times of my life. My mother suggested she came because the universe knew I would need her. I would have thought that if that were the case, she wouldn’t be such a trouble-maker, but I love her regardless.

My mother was the person in my life that I was closest to. She passed away August 13, 2008, after more than 11 years fighting breast cancer. I’m mostly okay, but I miss her terribly. 

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Claire, I followed your link from your comment on my blog. Congrats on the 30+k!

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom. I have a good friend who lost her mother to breast cancer, and my paternal grandmother is a survivor (her best friend recently went into recession and passed). I hope one day we can find a cure to this terrible disease.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading your blog. I always love finding other bloggers, especially writers! Have a good one.

  2. Dear Claire,

    We are a UK-based publisher and would like to publish and market your first novel.

    Simply email us your Chapter 1 and we will set up a Profile/Pre Orders Page for you on our website.

    If you (and us) then obtain 300 pre-orders for your novel via the Catcher website (Pulse Books), we guarantee to publish your book in April 2009 and to continue to sell it on our website with a royalty rate of 40% paid to you (this compares to a royalty rate of just c. 6% paid by other publishers to their writers).

    Please visit http://www.catcher.me/pulse/users/chrisingram to see how your page will appear. We charge a small administration fee of £45 (or equivalent) to set this up for you.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for unpublished writers but it’s critical that you register now so that your novel has the best chance of being published in April.

    All you need to do now is email your Chapter 1 (as a file attachment) to info@catcher.me. Please include your full contact details (name, email address & telephone number) so that we can email/call you back.

    We look forward to hearing from you – and to being the publisher that publishes your first novel!

    Kind regards,

    Julia Heron
    Pulse Books
    Catcher Limited
    julia@catcher.me

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