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About Clare

Clare and her wolf-spoodle

Clare Rhoden started writing stories as a young child.

She never really stopped.

She just added work, gardening, dogs, a beloved and devoted husband, and a passion for Aussie Rules Football, as things that make life worth living. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband and a highly intelligent poodle-cross called Aeryn.

Clare is a writer, blogger and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.

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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Clare completed her PhD* in Australian WWI literature at the University of Melbourne in 2011. Her historical novel The Stars in the Night is the result of her research and connection to the period through her family’s stories.

The Stars in the Night


*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 (Professsional Studies in Education); a PG Cert (Leadership in Education), an MA (Creative Writing), and a PhD (Creative Writing). She has been a speechie, a study skills adviser, a university tutor, manager of the University of Melbourne’s Transition Program, the head of one the University of Melbourne’s student services department, a lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne, an adviser with the University’s Learning Management Systems, and a Story Dog volunteer. She is passionate about learning and reading. And dogs, of course. Plus cats.

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