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									Claire CookClaire Cook
"Late starter" Claire Cook is an inspiration for aspiring writers and women in midlife transition. She wrote her first novel when she was in her 40s, sitting in her minivan at 5 AM, waiting for her daughter to emerge from swim practice! Since then, she's gone on to limn the lives of plucky middle-aged women in a series of bestselling romantic comedies like Must Love Dogs.

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Fact File

Name:
Claire Cook
Current Home:
Scituate, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 14, 1955
Place of Birth:
Alexandria, Virginia
Education:
B.A., Film and Creative Writing, Syracuse University

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Published Works

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								Life's a Beach, Author: 
								Claire Cook.

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Life's a Beach
by Claire Cook
From the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a fabulous summer read -- the story of two grown-up sisters who fight like cats andd dogs -- but call each other at least twice a day....
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								Must Love Dogs, Author: 
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*  Ready to Fall (2000)
*  Must Love Dogs (2002)
*  Multiple Choice (2004)
*  Life's a Beach (2007)


Advice for the Aspiring

"I’ve noticed that a lot of emerging writers jump from project to project at the first sign of boredom or rejection, or because they’ve come up with an even better idea," Cook observes in our exclusive interview. "Lots of writers can start a book -- but you’ll never get it published unless you FINISH it!"



Early Inspiration

Favorite Writers & Reads

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								The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Series #4), Author: 
								Carolyn Keene.

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The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Series #4)
by Carolyn Keene
When we asked Cook what books had the greatest impact on her as a writer, she recalled, "The Nancy Drew books influenced me the most. I think they taught me a lot about pacing, and about ending chapters in such a way that the reader just can’t put the book down and absolutely has to read on to the next chapter."

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								Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, Author: 
								Ann Patchett.

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Truth and Beauty: A Friendship
by Ann Patchett
"My favorite authors are the ones who’ve been nice to me," Cook admits in our interview. "It’s so important for established authors to take emerging authors under their wings." Cook puts Ann Patchett in this category; read the complete interview to learn about more of her favorite writers and their work she's enjoyed, including:

*Mail  by Mameve Medwed
*Julie and Romeo  by Jeanne Ray
*Little Children  by Tom Perrotta
*Lucy Crocker 2.0  by Caroline Preston
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