New site!

Hi all! Please head on over to my new site,, and update your bookmarks (do people even bookmark anymore?). You’ll be able to find all the posts from this page over there, along with all of my books and guides for sale. And if you want to sign up for updates about The Chick … Continue reading

#TwitterFiction Festival

Today is the #TwitterFiction Festival (run by Penguin & others on Twitter) and I’m telling a story about a missing woman. I’m tweeting as @ClairePealeNYC. Visit to follow along or join in!

Watch me write a novel

Over on The Chick Lit Cookbook tumblr, I’ve been using The Chick Lit Cookbook to write my own chick lit. My novel is about an archaeology student named Malena who solves an archaeological mystery about cave art and falls in love. Right now, this insane project is called CAVE ART, but Godwilling I will come … Continue reading

What I’m reading: September

August was a wash in terms of finding new books…a cruel twist of fate had me working almost exactly all of the open hours at my local library. But I’m back into the swing of things this month. So far, I’m working on: The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn. The author signed … Continue reading

Book Race 2013

Every summer, more or less, my sister Sonia and I have a book race. I don’t remember who started it, but Sonia can READ, so every year we tally up the pages of books finished and compare. The winner hasn’t been announced yet but I’m feeling good… The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (can’t believe … Continue reading

Female Gaze Review: Pam Beesly Halpert

Wrote about Pam Beesly of The Office for the Female Gaze Review a few weeks ago. It was fun to say things I’ve been thinking about for so long: Pam’s and my similar life decisions, my unease with Pam’s letting go of her graphic design dreams, and my own fear of making the wrong career and … Continue reading

What I’m reading: July

Greetings from the West Coast! The pod has been unpacked (almost completely) and our collection of books has taken over our small but classy apartment. Here is what I’m reading (quickly, so that I can beat my sister in our summer book race): The Invisible Sex by J.M. Adovasio, Olga Soffer and Jake Page: a … Continue reading

Feat in Two Worlds

This feels like my crowning achievement at the Wire: Two families, one timely court case, 2500 words and 90 kabillion edits later, all you ever wanted to know about gender fluidity in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire but were afraid to ask.

What I’m reading: June

My books are in a pod, waiting to move across the country. Moving has meant a lot of stress, but also a lot of evening hanging out, and not so much reading. Now I’m getting back into books I’m finding around the various houses I’m visiting in the interim. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann … Continue reading