Claire feels that music complements and enhances the "worlds" created in her books, whether they are real or imagined. "Music translates emotion, and provides a clarity and resonance to words. It is the ultimate universal language."
The late mystery writer Ed McBain once reflected that, in his opinion, love or money were the only two motives for murder. In these novels, there is an overabundance of love and money – in all the wrong places.
Claire Applewhite is a graduate of St. Louis University, where she earned an AB in Communications and an MBA, Finance, and completed the Mercantile Leadership Program for Women. A past participant in the Writers Institute at Washington University, she is a contributing writer for House of Style magazine and an online reporter for Patch.com.
Published works by L&L Dreamspell: The Wrong Side of Memphis and Moonlight Becomes You So (2009), Crazy For You (2010), St. Louis Hustle (2011). Candy Cadillac (2011) and Tennessee Plates was released in January 2013. A radio interview and several television interviews are available at http://clairedunoir.com/media
An award-winning mystery author, Claire Applewhite wrote her first song, “A Serenade For Barbara,” for a book trailer for her “‘Nam Noir” series. With the publication of additional books, “Soldier Man,” “Time” and “Why Should I?” soon followed. Claire feels that music complements and enhances the “worlds” created in her books, whether they are real or imagined. “Music translates emotion, and provides a clarity and resonance to words. It is the ultimate universal language.”
Claire is a past President of the Missouri Writers Guild, a Board member of Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, as well as a member with Active Status in the Mystery Writers of America, St. Louis Writers Guild, Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and Ozark Writers League. In 2012, she organized Claire du Noir, LLC.
A mother of three grown children, Claire lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and two Airedale Terriers, Jack and Lola.
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