Thursday, June 26, 2014

5 Fun Fact about Author Mae Clair

Today I'm thrilled to have author Mae Clair featured on my blog! She's here to share Five Fun Facts about herself, her book and her writing! And, if you scroll down, you can read a tantalizing excerpt of her brand new book, Eclipse Lake!
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FUN FACT #1: About Mae
Most people don’t know I cut my writing teeth in the fantasy genre. I’ve never published any of it, but I have several completed manuscripts including a trilogy.  I’ve also written sci-fi, horror, western, speculative, magical realism, and—of course—romantic mysteries.

FUN FACT #2: About Eclipse Lake
I named the fictional town in my book “Onyx” after my cat who I lost to cancer in 2012. Just a little tip of the hat to the writing buddy who was always at my side when I worked on a story. I’m not quite ready for another cat, but soon.

FUN FACT #3: About one of the characters
Initially, my hero’s seventeen-year-old son, Jesse, was slated for a small part, but he had other ideas. He had a much stronger voice than I anticipated, and his role became critical to the plot. Jesse wasn’t content taking a backseat while the action happened around him. I’m really pleased with the way his part evolved.

FUN FACT #4: About Mae's Writing Process
Like many authors who work full-time, I squeeze in writing where I can, but I also have a set schedule of writing five to six hours every Sunday. Whether I feel creative or not, I’m pretty faithful in logging that time. 

FUN FACT #5: About Mae's next book!


Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.


And, add ECLIPSE LAKE to your Goodreads TBR!


Ellie stopped walking and turned to face him. “Why are you here?”

Dane picked up a flat stone. With a flick of his wrist he sent it skimming across the lake. It danced effortlessly across the surface as if he’d done the same thing a thousand times before. “You know that skeleton they found?”

She nodded.

“I’ve got more skeletons than a graveyard. I can’t pick up and go to another place…to the next photo shoot.” He turned to face her. “Half of my life is here and half’s on the west coast. I have to make them fit together.”

The revelation reminded her of the family she’d left behind in Idaho, reawakening a familiar tug of homesickness. In an effort to find more comfortable ground, she changed topics. “You told me you’re from San Diego. I did a photo op there four years ago. What do you do for a living?”

“I get by.” He took her hand and started walking again.

She sent a speculative glance in his direction, recognizing evasiveness when she heard it. He was wearing a Rolex, and though dressed casually, clearly had expensive taste. Yet he’d booked an ordinary cabin rather than one of the exclusive chalets higher up the mountain.

She liked the feel of his fingers around hers, warm and firm. The contact sent a pleasant tingle up her arm. What the hell was wrong with her, getting caught up in his touch as if it were magic? As if she’d waited her whole life for that sensation. He had skeletons in his past, a brother who couldn’t stand the sight of him and a sheriff who wanted to run him out of town. Eccentric, or just plain trouble?


Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at

Twitter (@MaeClair1)


Oh, Mae, I'm sorry about your cat! I have two of the little guys living with me, but it is my sister's cat, now gone too, who I make a nod to in my upcoming novella. I love that we, as writers, can honor our furry companions like this. 

Who else loves cats? 


Donna Cummings said...

Great interview! And Mae, I'm thrilled for all your new stories -- I can't wait to read them, and I'm excited that you've got so many things going on. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lorraine! Thanks for having me as your guest today. I really enjoyed "Five Fun Facts." It was . . . well, FUN, LOL! And I love what you did with Fact #5 and Myth and Magic. Lovely!

I'll be looking forward to seeing the nod you give your sister's cat in your novella. I just adore felines. It's great to know you have two!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Donna! Thanks for checking out my "facts." 2014 has definitely been a busy year for me (probably why I'm always so tired, LOL). Thanks for cheering me on! :)

patonlorraine said...

Donna - I know! Mae has been busy, hasn't she? I'm excited about all of her new releases! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Mae - Thank you again for being on my blog! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)