"Anzio Invasion, January 1944. Troops and equipment come ashore on the U.S. Fifth Army Beachhead near Anzio, January 22, 1944. USS LCI-20 is burning at left, after being hit by a German bomb." Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Naval History and Heritage Command. I first shared this post last October, but as… Continue reading 78th Anniversary of the Anzio Landings
Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Or third, or I suppose now I'm starting on a fourth... I first published this post after releasing my first novel in 2019. Since then, I completed the second book that I was writing about and released it as Where Shall I Flee? in November of 2021. Now I'm working… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book
Not all angels have wings, and not all POWs were soldiers. Today Our American Stories is sharing a piece that I contributed, "The Angels of Bataan." Here's the direct link if you'd like to give it a listen. This piece was based off of my blog post, POW Angels.
Photo by John on Pexels.com Once again we’ve turned the calendar page to a fresh new year, full of possibilities. Looking ahead to plans for 2022 got me looking back at 2021. Just what did I actually accomplish in the past year? It seems like it went by awfully fast… Personal The beginning of 2021… Continue reading Looking Back and Moving Forward
Wishing you all a Christmas full of Peace, Joy, and Light. Until the New Year, Anne
“Christmas/New Year's card from the 15th Evacuation Hospital in Italy in WWII. This mobile tent hospital followed the front from North Africa to Sicily and Italy.” Image courtesy of Mary Sanchis, via Wikimedia Commons. License link here: Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International — CC BY-SA 4.0 There are few times throughout the year when… Continue reading Four Christmases at War
We've made it to another weekend! If your December is like mine, it's flying by in great leaps. Before it gets away from me completely, today I'm taking a moment to pause and update you on the results of November's NaNoWriMo challenge and to share a lovely opportunity I had to visit another writer's blog.… Continue reading 2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview
"Original Caption: Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy's caption: The battleship USS ARIZONA sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7,1941., 12/07/1941" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives. Today marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor,… Continue reading Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later
The capsized USS Oklahoma Today, the Our American Stories podcast featured one of my stories. On December 7th, 1941 six ships would be destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Two of them were the USS Utah and Oklahoma. Writer Anne Clare remembers their loss and the men who served on them in today's story. If you'd care to give it… Continue reading Sunk at Pearl Harbor: The USS Utah and the USS Oklahoma
I'd like to direct you to a couple of other authors' sites today! Author Dennis L. Peterson kindly invited me over to his blog for an interview. The first part of it is live today! Here's the link if you'd like to check it out and hear my thoughts on juggling this momming/teaching/writing life and… Continue reading An Interview and a Review
November has ended, and so has another year of NaNoWriMo. I'll be updating you on my results- and on what my students won for completing this year's challenge-soon. Today, however, I wanted to share a lovely promo that author Alexa Kang put together for the authors of The Second World War Club. This club is… Continue reading New WWII Fiction Releases
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the United States! (And a late Happy Thanksgiving to readers in Canada:)) I'm off to scrub down my kitchen before getting it good and messy tomorrow with pie, potatoes, turkey, stuffing and so on. (I'm hoping that the turkey I have thawing cooperates better than… Continue reading A Thanksgiving Note AND A Bit of Thanksgiving History
Hello Readers and Writers! Author Jonathon Mast graciously agreed to stop by for an interview and to let me throw all sorts of questions at him. I hope you find his insights on writing and publishing as interesting (and entertaining) as I did! SO, Jon, when did you become “a writer”? Was it something you… Continue reading An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast
Welcome to another November weekend, and another excellent guest post! Today, author JPC Allen shares her thoughts on the challenge of working with characters who simply refuse to behave themselves. (Who knew fictional people we invent could be so ornery?!) I hope you enjoy her thoughts on this topic as much as I did! -Anne… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: When a Character Turns into a Problem Child
Every November 11th, countries around the world mark the end of the First World War. In the United States, we recognize it as Veterans Day, an opportunity to thank all of those who have served or are serving our country in the armed forces. The Our American Stories program is featuring several stories today honoring… Continue reading Veterans Day Stories
Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash Hello all—we've made it to another weekend! Today, author Andrew McDowell has been kind enough to stop by and share his thoughts on historical fiction. Can stories from history be overused, even as a framework for fiction? I enjoyed reading Andrew's thoughts on this, and I hope you do too! -Anne I… Continue reading Guest Post By Andrew McDowell: Dusting Off Stories From History
Many thanks to author Jean Lee who featured my new novel, Where Shall I Flee? in today's podcast! Stop by for a chance to listen to the opening pages of the novel along with Jean's writerly thoughts on it. -Anne Welcome back, my fellow creatives! We’re back with more beautiful brews from fellow indie authors… Continue reading The Waves of #War Will Take Us in This #Podcast: Where Shall I Flee? by Anne Clare — Jean Lee’s World
Photo by Kyle Hinkson on Unsplash It's launch day! My novel Where Shall I Flee? is officially available for purchase on Amazon as a paperback, e-book, or via Kindle Unlimited. If you've already pre-ordered an e-book, it should be delivered to you today. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped and encouraged me through this process,… Continue reading It’s Launch Day!
"Anzio Invasion, January 1944. Troops and equipment come ashore on the U.S. Fifth Army Beachhead near Anzio, January 22, 1944. USS LCI-20 is burning at left, after being hit by a German bomb." Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Naval History and Heritage Command. On January 22nd, 1944, a joint American and British… Continue reading Anzio
"Little girl by radio" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain, cropped from the original. Music is powerful. Even a quick study of how it affects the brain is fascinating, but it doesn't take a degree to see the way that shared music creates connections between people. Music inspires, gives… Continue reading Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”
Hello again, Readers, Writers, and lovers of History! My new book launch is just days away, and it's time for another post, giving YOU another chance at the giveaway prizes I've prepared. (If you don't know about the giveaway, details are down toward the end of this post.) Along with the other prizes, I was… Continue reading Remembrance Poppies: Book Launch Giveaway
Allied Military Currency, printed for the invasion of Sicily and Italy, 1943 Hello Readers, Writers, and History Lovers! It's the second day of my pre-book-launch giveaway. (If you haven't heard about this, the details are at the end of this post.) Today, I'm writing a bit about one of the prize items I'm giving away:… Continue reading WWII Allied Military Currency: Book Launch Giveaway
While I love writing World War II fiction, the fact remains that any stories I come up with pale next to the true stories of courage and sacrifice from those tumultuous years. In celebration of the launch of my new book, Where Shall I Flee?, I'm giving one giveaway winner a paperback copy of Ruth… Continue reading Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK: Book Launch Giveaway
It's time! The launch day for Where Shall I Flee? is only one week away. That means that it's time for some book-launch festivities! I'll be sharing new posts each day this week relating to my upcoming book. Each post will ALSO be an opportunity for a chance to win a prize! What are these… Continue reading Let the Book Launch Giveaway Begin!
Sorry, Kindle not included. BUT winners will have the option of an e-book or signed paperback! I received some exciting mail this week! I've been gathering some interesting items as giveaway prizes for the upcoming launch of Where Shall I Flee?, my second novel set in WWII Italy. I'll share the giveaway guidelines next week… Continue reading Would You Like a Sneak Peek at My Book Launch Giveaway Prizes?
I'm on the verge of launching a new story, which means introducing new protagonists and hoping they "play well" together. While their personalities are different than the characters from my first book, (i.e. the characters this post was about when I wrote it a few years ago) the lessons are essentially the same. I hope… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!
Image courtesy of Joel Dinda, via flickr.com. License information linked here. When writing fiction, choosing a solid character name is important. (See my last post for details on THAT struggle.) Developing a solid background for that character is just as essential—if you don’t know who your characters are, how can you write about them? As… Continue reading Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)
Playing cards to pass the time War can be hell… and war can be absolute boredom. There are few better ways to pass the time than by playing cards. They’re easy to carry: small and lightweight, they fit into a rucksack, duffel bag or Alice pack without having to sacrifice any piece of essential gear. […]Playing… Continue reading Playing cards made history — Pacific Paratrooper
I first shared this post in 2018, but as "Jeannie's" story is nearly ready for launch (and is currently up for pre-order!) it seemed like a good time to share it again. Launch Date: Nov 1, 2021! Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”
"The U.S. Navy destroyers USS Lamson (DD-367), left, and USS Haraden (DD-585) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington (USA), in early 1945. They were to receive repairs for damage inflicted by Kamikaze attacks in December 1944. Lamson is wearing Camouflage Measure 31 Design 23D. Haraden's camouflage is Measure 31 Design 3D." Photo taken in early 1945. Image courtesy of the… Continue reading America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yard on Our American Stories
It's time! I'm thrilled to announce that the e-book version my second novel, Where Shall I Flee? is up for pre-order on Amazon. If you'd like to order your copy, here's the link! The official launch date, when the book will be delivered to your Kindle and the paperback will be available for purchase, is… Continue reading My New Book Is Available For Pre-Order
Hello again Readers, Writers, and History Lovers! Today, I'm pleased to be a guest on Our American Stories. Last time, I was invited to talk about The Battle of Midway. Today, I'm talking about an earlier period in the U.S. involvement in WWII: The Doolittle Raid and the Battle of the Coral Sea. Here is… Continue reading The Doolittle Raid and The Battle of the Coral Sea on Our American Stories
Photo by Emanuela Picone on Unsplash Hello Readers, Writers, and History lovers! I'm travelling today—or at least my writing is! I was invited to guest blog over at JPC Allen Writes, an excellent site full of writing tips and prompts. As JPC's theme for September is "Plot," I'm sharing ways in which real history influences the plot of… Continue reading I’m Guest Posting Today
The Benedictine monastery on Monte Cassino, rebuilt after its war time destruction. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Information about the license is linked here. Yesterday I wrote about one of the defining battles of the Italian campaign: the Allied struggle to break through the German's Gustav Line at Monte Cassino. The scope of the topic convinced… Continue reading Monte Cassino: Concluded
The Benedictine monastery on Monte Cassino, rebuilt after its war time destruction. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Information about the license is linked here. As 1943 drew to a close, the Italian campaign showed signs of stagnating. Watching the progress from afar, Allied leaders frowned at the slow progress of their armies who slogged north… Continue reading Monte Cassino: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part IV
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This looks a lot like my TBR pile.... I avoid picking up novels for nine months out of the year. It's not from any reluctance to read them, but it's a practical measure I've learned I have to take. You see (deep breath) I'm a story addict. Once I pick up a book and get… Continue reading Summer Reading!
Hello Readers and Writers! I'm so pleased to announce that my second novel is almost ready for release! Barring any disasters or unforeseen circumstances, I'm planning on a launch date of November 1, 2021. Where Shall I Flee? takes place in the Italian theater of World War II. I'll be sharing more updates on the… Continue reading Cover Reveal!!!
"The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661) underway, circa at the time of her commissioning in April 1943" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. With busy schedules and finding babysitters, getting out to the movies in a normal year is tricky enough. The last year added its own complications, so I'm really quite pleased that I was able… Continue reading Crossing the Atlantic With the Movie GREYHOUND
Being a parent, a teacher, and a writer, I've received my fair share of unsolicited advice. I've tucked some of the helpful bits into my memory. Others I've let slip away. As I began to prepare for this post, one came piece of advice came to mind from waaaaaay back in my dating days. I… Continue reading Revealing Traits of The Brothers Karamazov Through Secondary Characters
Hello Readers and Writers. Remember me? I'm not sure where the last weeks went. August rolled in with a wave of busyness—school preparations in the midst of new regulations, kids' swim lessons, a broken dishwasher and microwave, reading through my new book's final copy, and all of the other things-and-stuff in the world. But, with… Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov: And You Thought YOUR Family Had Drama
Our travel route- roughly. 🙂 Map image courtesy Wikimedia commons: links here. I added the red and black arrows. Avoiding the craziness of flying with a family of five, the Clare family embraced the alternative craziness of driving across more than half of the U.S. It was a long haul—about 2300 miles each way— offering… Continue reading Road Trip!!! Part 2: From Wisconsin back to Washington
Photo by Israel Palacio courtesy of Unsplash.com Good morning Readers and Writers! If you didn't get enough of hearing my melodious(?) voice on Our American Stories last week, today author Ari Meghlen is hosting me on the podcast that she and Rachel Poli host: The Merry Writer. After years of chatting with Ari online, it… Continue reading I’m Talking About Writing Historical Fiction on the Merry Writer Podcast
“”Sinking Sun”: painting by Griffith Baily Coale, oil on canvas, 1942. Description: A U.S. Marine stands at parade rest on the bow of a PT boat as she moves slowly out to sea from Midway to give decent burial to Japanese fliers shot down on the islands during the battle. The red ball of the… Continue reading The Battle of Midway on “Our American Stories”
Our travel route- roughly. 🙂 Map image courtesy Wikimedia commons: links here. I added the red arrow. Five people. One minivan. 2,300(ish) miles. It had been three years since my children had seen their Wisconsin relatives. Two since they'd had a visit from the Minnesota side of the family. They had cousins they'd never met,… Continue reading Road Trip!!! From Washington to Wisconsin
Hello Readers and Writers! Marketing is one of those pesky things that keeps intruding into writers' lives. How to do it? And where? And do you really have to? I recently had the opportunity to talk with author, blogger, and host of "The Merry Writer" podcast, Ari Meghlen (more on that conversation later!) and it… Continue reading 10 Bitesize Marketing Ideas: a Guest Post by Ari Meghlen
Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum under their Non-Commercial license. © IWM NA 24123 Sometimes history reads like fiction. This photo first came to my attention in Richard Doherty's "Eighth Army in Italy: 1943-45"1 and I finally found it in the Imperial War Museum's archives. Original wartime caption: This Sherman tank, during a night… Continue reading A Sticky Situation
“Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachhead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons While temperatures in my region of the U.S. are spiking to unusual highs, it's time to… Continue reading Through the Rivers and Over the Mountains: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part III
After a hectic end of the school year and a couple of weeks absorbed in final book edits (hopefully final, anyway, though I keep having dreams that I've forgotten something) the new blog post I had in mind is taking a back seat to some much needed family time. Instead, I thought I'd revisit this… Continue reading “The Big Parade,” a Silent Story
Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Hello again, Readers and Writers! My 2020-2021 school year, also known as "Teaching in Covid-World: Take Two" is all wrapped up. Summer break has started, and in good Pacific Northwest fashion it's been drizzling fitfully and will probably continue to do so until July 5th. Ah well. Who needs sunshine?… Continue reading The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild