Born in the urban south, Claudette grew up in the Midwest and has enjoyed residency in several American cities and the Caribbean.
With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications, she worked in a number of industries in various capacities until she discovered that writing was her passion. Before that happened, she was a:
And finally a published author.
In the early 90's Claudette attended a book signing for star of stage, film and television, Yaphat Kotto. At that time he was starring in the hit television series Homicide. It was then that Claudette experienced one of those defining moments that changes the course of a life.
She wasn't writing professionally at the time and was only attending the book signing to meet Kotto and acquire an autographed copy of his book, which was about his African ancestors.
To her amazement, there was very little Press present at the book signing, and when she mentioned this to a friend, she was dared to fill the vacancy. She accepted the challenge.
The following is an except from one of Claudette's newspaper articles:
"After waiting in a long line, when it was my turn, I handed him the book, told him my
name and without taking a breath continued ...
Mr. Kotto, I don't officially represent the Press, but I'm sure everyone would be
be interested in learning about your highly successful book signing. I'm a writer,
and I would love to interview you and make sure information about today's event
He looked at me for a long moment, then smiled the biggest, broadest smile and said ...
And I would love giving you an interview so the information can indeed get out to the
public. If you'll wait a moment, I'll give you a number to reach me, say tomorrow, and
we can do an in-depth interview by phone.
I nearly fainted. I was so absolutely shocked, it took a few seconds to register ... he'd
The following day Claudette conducted the interview that would launch her career as a
That was over fifteen years ago. In that time, she has gained experience as a business and technical writer, a newspaper writer, fiction writing and just about every other conceivable form of writing.
Although Claudette has completed two fiction novels, The Secret of the Veil is the first to be published.
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THE SPIRIT OF THE SEVEN
An Interview with Claudette
Q. What inspired you to write The Secret of the Veil?
A. While living in Boston, I visited Newport, Rhode Island and toured those famous, fabulous Newport mansions. I knew the first time I saw them that I wanted to incorporate those awesome buildings into a story. The book, the characters and storyline was developed after that first, of many visits to Newport. Although the mansions only figure in "Book One" of the novel, they're sort of what started the whole thing rolling.
Q. Are the references to values such as friendship, materialism, high self-esteem, etc. incidental or intentional in the story?
A. Absolutely intentional. The Secret of the Veil is a contemporary Spiritual, which are books that address spiritual topics that arise in real life situations that we all experience. I believe some writers have been purposed for this genre of writing. I remember when working for The Daily News as a freelance writer, one of my interviewees, a lady who was closing a business after many years, contacted me to express her delight at the article I wrote. She shocked me by saying ... "You know you're a very spiritual writer."
I was surprised because it was a business article, and although I was writing The Secret of the Veil at the time, nobody knew anything about it.
Q. Why did you write a non-fiction booklet about the veil?
A. At book signings everyone always wanted to know more about the real life phenomenon of the veil. Some wanted to express their personal experiences of either being born with the veil, or knowing someone so born, and Everyone wanted more information. Eventually, I conducted the historical research, and conducted interviews with midwives and obstetricians, which was the basis for The Veil (Birth Caul), Separating Fact from Fiction ... and More.
Q. Did you encounter any surprises in doing the research?
A. Quite a few. The main one was that I had always believed the phenomenon of the veil was a race related anomaly. I learned that it is something that cuts across racial, economic, social and any other boundaries that one can think of. It is a purely human phenomenon.
Q. Will all of your books have spiritual themes?
A. I doubt it. All of the veil books will be spiritually themed, but I like all genres of writing, so I doubt if I will restrict myself to just one type of writing.
Check out Claudette's blog that is based on her residency in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. Known as "America's Paradise", the Virgin Islands represent some of the most amazing beauty on earth.
Visit: living virgin island style.blogspot.com
Visit: living virgin island style.blogspot.com