Writing for children allows me to follow my curiosity and love of learning and to share my thoughts about what is important in the world.
My three-year-old cocker spaniel, Captain Jack.
The Righteous Mothers at the Fremont Abbey, March 2017.
Clare’s books and magazine stories explore the lives of endangered animals, including elephants (HANSA), sea otters (LOOTAS), Siberian tigers, African rhinos, and Hawaiian monk seals (RHINO RESCUE!) and the amazing animal care specialists who’ve helped these animals survive. She has chronicled the lives of women who have helped change the world including First Lady and early suffragette Abigail Adams (PARTNER IN REVOLUTION) and pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson (I COULD NOT KEEP SILENT).
Clare loves to travel and has adapted folktales from Thailand about love lasting over lifetimes (A TALE OF TWO RICE BIRDS) and a shape shifting bird princess who dreams of living in the human world (MANORAH THE BIRD PRINCESS). She was commissioned by KPBS Public TV to write a rhyming picture book about football and the San Diego Chargers (CHARGE AHEAD). This inspired her to write and self-publish a chapter book in verse about a major league soccer team in her hometown of Seattle through the eyes of a soccer-loving immigrant boy from Kenya (SOCCER DREAMS).
Clare is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators and Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit organization that raises money and provides books in support of literacy in the Northwest. She lives on Mercer Island, Washington with her husband, Dan, and their cocker spaniel, Captain Jack. She also composes music and performs with her fabulous female band of many years, The Righteous Mothers.