Writing as CF Dunn, Claire creates romantic thrillers with a historical twist, drawing on a degree in history and a career in literacy development to write stories that touch on people's frailty and their unexpected strengths. Everyone has a story to tell and she explores how the legacy of the past has an impact on the present and shapes the future.
With a father flying V bombers, Claire spent much of her early life on R.A.F. camps in the U.K. and Norway where her childhood experience was overshadowed by cold war politics. In contrast to the often bleak and austere surroundings of military airbases, she developed an intensely rich imagination and a love of English history - in particular the Wars of the Roses - which is evident in her novels.
Living with dyslexia, she found a vocation in supporting the education of children with dyslexia and related special needs, dedicating her career to their welfare and development before embarking on her first novel, MORTAL FIRE, published by Monarch in 2010.
Together with her historian husband, two creative daughters and a quirky Corgi, she now divides her time between running the specialist dyslexia and autism school she founded in Kent, and writing in Cornwall.
Specialist Interests Areas of specialist interest revolve around dyslexia and literacy and language development from early childhood into adulthood, and the impact of anxiety on students and learning. As a historian, the Wars of the Roses - and especially the life and reign of Richard III - form the main focus of research, both of which stem from a childhood fascination with the past.
Available for... I'm available for talks and visits, book signings and presentations. I run my own writing group so will be happy to visit others, as well as talking to reading groups. I have talked to both Christian and non-Christian groups about faith, dyslexia and my writing life.
Location Cornwall and Kent and occasionally Surrey