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Claire Fullerton

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in Minneapolis, Minnesota, grew up in Memphis, TN , The United States
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Claire Fullerton is the author of Little Tea, which is set in the Deep South and concerns female friendship, Southern culture, healing the past and the changing times of the racial divide. Little Tea is a Faulkner Society finalist and the August 2020 book club selection of the Pulpwood Queens book club. Her novel, Mourning Dove, is a 7-time award winner set on the genteel side of 1970's Memphis, Claire's novel, Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers' Favorite award winner is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire's first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Claire contributed to the book, A Southern Season with her no ...more

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Claire Fullerton I lay my ownership on the page! I simply tell the truth, and the reason is that it occurs to me therein lies the art of story telling. I never distanc…moreI lay my ownership on the page! I simply tell the truth, and the reason is that it occurs to me therein lies the art of story telling. I never distance myself because it is my job to find the best words and the best way of communicating the story, with its attendant emotions, that illustrate the nuances of the human experience as I perceive it. And your using the words "emotionally hot" is perfect. I believe it is the writer's job to call things by name, to comment on the world, relationships, dreams, hopes, fears, predicaments we unwittingly find ourselves in, and even the nature of cause and effect. For this, one has to be honest in their pursuit of making the untenable tenable, so to speak. One has to be fearless and focused on the intention of a story. It starts with a writer being in touch with their truth, and ends with a willingness to share it. (less)
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Little Tea Reader and Book Club Questions

An author's intention is telling, when they reach out to readers with questions to consider after reading their book. Because my 4th novel, Little Tea's, themes are universal-- the strong ties of long lasting female friendship, the search for home, and the power of resiliency after weathering family tragedy, my hope is the reader will view these topics through their own lens. And because Little Te Read more of this blog post »
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A Banter That Sings (Nonfiction)
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Description: An Essay about life in Ireland
Mourning Dove (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A coming of age, Southern family saga set in the genteel side of 1970's Memphis, where all that glitters is not gold. Two northern siblings move to the Deep South, find their way to belonging in their mother's aristocratic world, and come to different ends. Upmarket Fiction. Bronze medal winner in Southern Fiction by Readers' Favorite, Faulkner Society listed, and finalist in the Independent Authors Network Book of the Year.
Dancing to an Irish Reel (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during a sabbatical from her job in the LA record business. While there, she’s offered a job too good to turn down, so she stays. Although Hailey works in Galway, she lives in the countryside of Connemara, a rural area famous for its Irish traditional music. When Hailey meets local musician, Liam Hennessey, a confusing relationship begins, which Hailey thinks is the result of differing cultures, for Liam is married to the music, and so unbalanced at the prospect of love, he won't come closer nor completely go away. And so begins the dance of attraction that Hailey struggles to decipher. Thankfully, a handful of vibrant local friends come to her aid, and Hailey leans to love a land and its people, both with more charm than she ever imagined.
A Portal In Time (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Written in two time periods which fit together like suspenseful pieces of a mysterious puzzle and set on the hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula in Carmel by the Sea, A Portal in time tells the story of Anna Lucera as she comes to terms with her intuition.
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“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. ” — Joseph Campbell”
Claire Fullerton, A Portal in Time

“The Memphis Finley and I landed in was my mother’s Memphis. It was magnolia-lined and manicured, black-tailed and bow-tied. It glittered in illusory gold and tinkled in sing-song voices. It was cloistered, segregated, and well-appointed, the kind of place where everyone monogrammed their initials on everything from hand towels to silver because nothing mattered more than one’s family and to whom they were connected by lineage that traced through the fertile fields of the Mississippi Delta.”
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“What is the fire of inspiration that resides within, if not something to follow along a path?”
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“Because the thing about being a Southern girl is they let you run loose until the time comes to shape you.”
Claire Fullerton, Little Tea

“The Memphis Finley and I landed in was my mother’s Memphis. It was magnolia-lined and manicured, black-tailed and bow-tied. It glittered in illusory gold and tinkled in sing-song voices. It was cloistered, segregated, and well-appointed, the kind of place where everyone monogrammed their initials on everything from hand towels to silver because nothing mattered more than one’s family and to whom they were connected by lineage that traced through the fertile fields of the Mississippi Delta.”
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“What is the fire of inspiration that resides within, if not something to follow along a path?”
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“There is a feel about Galway you can wear around your shoulders like a cloak. It hangs in the air with its dampness; it walks the cobblestone streets and stands in the doorways of its gray stone buildings. It blows in with the mist from the Atlantic and lingers incessantly at every corner. I have never been able to walk the streets of Galway without feeling some unnamed presence accompanying me.”
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“There’s an energy that hangs between strangers even in a crowd.”
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A PORTAL IN TIME by Claire Fullerton




When we are inexplicably drawn to love and a particular place, is it coincidence, or have we loved before? ...

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California's Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madiera Hotel.

Everything about the hotel and Carmel-By-The-Sea heightens her senses and speaks to Anna as if she had been there before. As Anna's memory unravels the puzzle, she is drawn into a past that's eerily familiar and a life she just may have lived before.



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 “A Portal in Time” is a 50,000 word Paranormal/Romance novel about a woman who realizes that she has lived before. Employing oscillating chapters that develop the lives and romances of two women in different time periods, the story begins in the years 2000 and 1901 respectively, in the hauntingly beautiful region on the Monterey Peninsula called Carmel, California.



Rich in mystique, foreshadow and character development, “A Portal in Time” introduces the reader to Anna Townsend and her husband, Bill, who check into The Madeira Hotel in Carmel, California in the year 2000 to celebrate their one year anniversary. Not only is Anna lovely, spirited and artistic, she is also conveniently graced with the asset of dependable intuition, which is revealed to the reader as the story of her meeting and eventual marriage to Bill Townsend is told in flashback in order to bring her through The Madeira hotel’s front door.



Subsequently, and beginning in the year 1901, the reader meets Valeria Sienna, who is the eighteen year old daughter of an affluent, Italian immigrant and his genteel wife who enjoy immense prosperity and popularity in turn of the century San Francisco. Valeria possesses an energetic enthusiasm for life that captivates the reader when she begins her courtship with a Norwegian artist named Anders Kristiansen who, much to the chagrin of Valeria’s father, is suitable on every level though he is neither an American nor an Italian.



“A Portal in Time” is an oscillating, liner growth story steeped in the language and social mores of two different eras with characters both central and supporting whose words and actions fit seamlessly together and bridge the time frames like pieces of a puzzle. What drives the story is the climax of a profound, life altering tragedy which Valeria Sienna lives through after her marriage to Anders Kristiansen and Anna Townsend recalls through past life memory on one particular night while staying at the Madeira Hotel. Coincidence, similarities, foreshadow and intrigue ultimately reveal that the site of The Madeira Hotel is the actual house that Anders Kristiansen built for his young bride and it is this fact that triggers the soul memory of Anna Townsend.



 

Claire Fullerton wrote her own weekly column for The Malibu Surfside News from 2009-2010. She has been published in numerous magazines, and repeatedly in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire is the 2013 first runner up of The San Francisco Writer’s Conference Contest for her narrative non-fiction essay, “Mastering Ambiguity,” which she is currently turning into a novel. 



“A Portal in Time” is her first novel, and the manuscript for her second novel is under review.



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