Claire Frances Raciborska


Claire Frances Raciborska grew up in South Africa, where she completed an arts degree majoring in Mathematics. She spent four years living and working in Taiwan, which is the setting for her first novel, Smoke of Spirits. She currently lives on a farm in South Africa with her husband Seth, her daughter Emma, two dogs, a cat, some chickens and a lot of cows. She enjoys dreaming about travelling and pretending to garden.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I collected pictures I'd drawn and stuck them together on a big board and made my parents and baby sister sit down and listen to the story as I narrated. I was probably about 4.
What's the story behind your latest book?
We were living in Jhubei, a town in Taiwan. The year before we moved to this Asian urban metropolis we had been living on a remote African farm - no TV, no cellphone signal. It was such a stark juxtaposition of nature and humans, it gave me a lot to think about in terms of what civilization is, how many elements of modern society exist to control us tacitly rather than the explicit control of the past, and our place in nature. The character of Mariella, a girl with special powers, who does not find any way to fit into a coercive community, seemed to follow me, almost like an angel guide. She walked with me for a year or two before I wrote the book, and it felt to me as if the story was giving her an entrance to the world, an idea which was given to me by a psychic.
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Where to find Claire Frances Raciborska online


Smoke of Spirits
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,490. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Bruised and battered, Lucy arrives in the city of Taipei, seeking only escape, a world away from That Night and what she did. She finds herself mired in a land of strangeness - of alien sounds, faces, smells, shapes. But as the curtain draws back, magic unfurls and the island of her refuge reaches deep into her heart. Does she dare to love again?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,580. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mariella is a child unlike others. When her mother Sophie runs away from the power of the Anonym, she creates a world for her daughter outside of the Rules that everyone follows. But when Mr Nietzburger finds them they are drawn back to the city, where Mariella's presence catalyzes its inevitable collapse.

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