THE REMOTE PART is Clare’s first novel.
Collapsed on stage all Isla can can hear is the sound of the sea and the pull of the waves on the land. It is time to go home.
Away from the remote island where she grew up, Isla is a successful musician. But she was born in the sea and is heir to a seat on the ancient Island Council. She is the keeper of the souls and has the power to call back the island’s fishing fleet from danger in the wild Atlantic storms. Her dead twin William, on the other hand, was born on the land. And in him—even in death—lies the strength of the wind.
Exhausted, she has returned home to take a break from touring, but once there, the island seduces her. Surrounded by her best friend, her ex-lover, and even William, whose ghost lurks in the shadows, the pull of the sea grows. The Council draws her in, at first with the promise of revealing the truth behind William’s death, and then, when a ship is almost lost, by her sense of duty.
As the autumn storms grow in intensity, a spate of serious accidents hits the community, all of which she knows are linked to the ghost of her twin. To turn her back on the island and the Council would leave them at his mercy, and without her to protect them from the sea, the fishing boats would be left at the mercy of the sea. But to stay would end her career and the life she has built for herself, away from superstitions, dark rituals and ghosts.
And so she stands on the edge between land and sea with her choice. She can turn around, walk away, back to the real world. Or walk in and face the tide, embracing her calling and her past to set the restless shadow of William free and face her grief.
THE LUCKY WEASEL (WIP) Clare is currently scribbling at a novel set in her hometown of Dundee during the independence referendum of 2014. It involves Macbeth witches, Queen Victoria, a stuffed Weasel and the fate of a nation. Considering we all know what happened back then you can expect it won’t end well. Just eat your cereal.
WIP2 In the drafting stages is a novel about craft beer and magic set in the Highlands of Scotland.
Research– Clare is also busy with research for a historical novel set in Petrograd during the Russian Revolution of 1917. She feels it’s about time she did something with her degree.