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For the month of June, the Quilters' Book Club is reading and discussing The Lover's Knot by Clare O'Donohue. If you like to both read and quilt, check out the book from your local library and join us! (More information on the Quilters' Book Club is available across the top of my blog.)
On her website, Clare writes: "I was born in
, the youngest of four children. My parents are both from Chicago, Illinois , but they met in Ireland , moved to the London , and settled on US ’s South Side, where I was born and raised. Chicago
"I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in fact wrote my first novel (mini-novel actually. It was 60 pages) when I was 15. It was a mystery. After college I worked as a newspaper reporter and writing teacher before moving to LA and getting my first job in television. That was on the HGTV show, Simply Quilts.
"I worked on the show for four seasons, eventually becoming the Supervising Producer, but I’ve written and produced for a lot of other shows as well. In the last twelve years, I’ve worked on shows for The History Channel, truTV, Food Network, A&E, Discovery, TLC, and others. My work has taken me all across the
and abroad and I’ve met a diverse group of people –
from CEO’s to prison inmates, Malaysian orphans to famous athletes. US
"But all along I thought about writing a novel. I still loved mysteries so I finally sat down to write one. And lucky for me, I had the time. There’s a lot of what we in the freelance world like to call downtime, but is more commonly known as unemployment. Since I wasn’t earning any money, I also had motivation to write something that could catch the interest of a publisher.
"And, luckily, I did. In 2008 I published The Lover’s Knot, the first in the Someday Quilts series. Now I’ve added A Drunkard’s Path and The Double Cross, and The Devil’s Puzzle. The 5th in that series will be released in September of 2013 and look for two e-stories to be available soon.
"I am a quilter. It’s something I get asked a lot since the art form is such a huge part of each of my Someday novels. I’ve made dozens of mostly traditional quilts, though often I incorporate modern fabrics – like a Kaffe Fassett log cabin or a batik drunkard’s path. I used to think I could give up the habit, or at least cut down on my fabric purchases, but no luck. As addictions go, I guess it’s a pretty harmless one, so I’m going to keep quilting until I use up my entire stash. (HA!)" http://clareodonohue.com/
Is it important to you that Clare, as author of a quilting mystery series, is actually a quilter as well as a writer? Are there any questions that you'd like to ask Clare? Inquiring minds want to know! Please respond in the comment section below. (If you are reading this via email, you must click on the blog title in order to comment and be able to read the comments of others.)
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