CREATIVE NONFICTION

The Man in the Photograph
This 1500-word essay is written in the second person and was inspired by Claire’s efforts to understand how her emotional needs (AKA “Daddy Issues”) unconsciously played out in her romantic relationships. Honorable Mention, C-ville Weekly CNF contest, 2014. 

Braver Than You Believe: True Stories of Losing Love and Finding Self
This 75K-word book is an email epistolary (collection of emails) that Claire edited with its main author, Sue Mangum. This book follows six single moms – three widows and three divorcees – in real time over a year of healing after losing their husbands. They discuss everything from “least favorite job the man used to do,” to “how does a widow tell her kids that she’s dating again?” to “what’s the difference between death and divorce?”

Sue and Claire know firsthand how difficult grieving a lost relationship can be. This book is for readers who have lost someone, or who know someone who has experienced the end of a close relationship due to death or divorce. It’s now available on paperback and Kindle.

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Health Mystery Memoir
This in-progress health mystery memoir is written in the third-person (Claire as “Anna Duncan”). This 55K-word creative non-fiction book describes Anna’s three-year journey to solve a mysterious illness that saps her energy and defies the tools of conventional medicine. With the help of an acupuncturist and constant documentation of her ever-changing symptoms, Anna reclaims her health and learns about the unbreakable mind-body-spirit connection.