Clare Rhoden started writing stories as a young child.

She never really stopped.

Clare lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband and a highly intelligent poodle-cross called Aeryn. Clare is inspired by politics, culture and the march of history.

But mostly by dreams.

Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times. Clare’s novels range from the dystopian world of the Pale to WWI history. Because dystopia and WWI have a lot in common.

The Chronicles of the Pale trilogy:

The Pale (The Chronicles of the Pale #1)

Broad Plain Darkening (The Chronicles of the Pale #2)

The Ruined Land (The Chronicles of the Pale #3)

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The Stars in the Night

Clare completed her PhD* in Australian WWI literature at the University of Melbourne in 2011. During that time she wrote The Stars in the Night. ‘Stars’ is the result of her research and connection to the period through her family’s stories.


*Clare began her working life as a speech pathologist, and studied her way through a few different careers. She has a B.App.Sci (Speech Path), a B.A. (Hons), a Grad Dip (Professional Studies in Education); a PG Cert (Leadership in Education), an MA (Creative Writing), and a PhD (Creative Writing).

At times, she’s been a speechie, a study skills adviser, a university tutor, and the manager of the University of Melbourne’s Transition Program. Later, she was the head of one the University of Melbourne’s student services departments, a lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne, and an adviser with the University’s Learning Management Systems.

After all that, she became a Story Dog volunteer.

She is passionate about learning and reading. And writing. And dogs, of course. Plus cats.