Clare grew up in the wilds of Somerset where she was fed a daily diet of ghost stories cooked up in her older sister’s imagination. This fostered a love of storytelling long before she could read or write.
She has lived most of her adult life in Nottingham.
She began her career as a journalist, working mainly for the Nottingham Post group, before spending several years in government communications. She then switched from spin-doctor to story spinner and embarked on an MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, which she passed with distinction. Clare wrote her first novel Blue Tide Rising (2019) while on the course.
Clare is active in several Nottingham literary groups and in 2018 won runner up in the Nottingham Writers Studio awards in the ‘novelist of the year’ category.
She is featured in John Baird’s book Follow the Moon and Stars, a literary journey through Nottinghamshire, (Five Leaves Publications, 2022), alongside literary greats like Lawrence, Byron and Sillitoe and contemporary Notts authors.
She has had numerous pieces of short fiction published and her second novel is due out with Inspired Quill in 2023.
She runs Creative Writing workshops across Nottinghamshire and, for six years, facilitated Creative Writing sessions at the Maggie’s Centre for people affected by cancer.
Clare’s favourite writing time is first thing in the morning when she’s still half in dreamland. She also writes in cafes and other public spaces, drawing inspiration from the unlimited supply of human interest.
When not writing or working, she can be found walking Max, her inexhaustible springer/pointer cross, or heading off for weekends in Whitby (her spiritual home). She runs a half-marathon once a decade.