Claire King

Location France
Occupation author, facilitator

Books by Claire King
  • by Valerie O'Riordan, Ian Madden, Rachel Howard, Mike Bonsall,...
    Bristol Review of Books Ltd, 2010.

  • by Claire King
    Bloomsbury USA, 2013.

  • by Claire King
    Claire King, 2014.
  • About Me

    I tend to read and comment on flash fiction, not because I prefer it but because I hardly ever have the time to sit down and read longer short stories. You may notice that my posts are pretty much all flash length too.

    My first novel 'The Night Rainbow' is now out in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia from Bloomsbury. German and Dutch translations are out, forthcoming in Turkish and Italian.

    Find the review here on

    I'm @ckingwriter on twitter

    Why do you write?

    As I get older I find I cannot keep it all in my head.

    Claire King's Wall

    Barry Basden – Jun 13, 2012

    Thanks, Claire, for your nice comment about 'We Are Busy Sewing the Flags of Our Children.' I'm glad it touched you.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 11, 2012

    So nice to hear from you, Claire! Thanks for the lovely comment about "Picking the Bark off Experience."

    Joani Reese – May 29, 2012

    Hi Claire: Thank you for your generous response to "For a Wounded Boy." I appreciate it much.

    Marcus Speh – Dec 03, 2011

    dear claire, thank you for fav(or)ing my serious writer story. hope you're well & writing! cheers from berlin!

    Julie Innis – May 22, 2011

    ClaIre (sorry for the stupid typo!)

    Julie Innis – May 22, 2011

    Clare, thank you!, though now I have that song stuck in my head... ;)

    Mark Reep – May 16, 2011

    Hi Claire, thanks very much for faving House Rabbit. Was a fun little piece to write, glad you liked!

    Jules Archer – Feb 04, 2011

    Thank you, thank you Claire!

    Tawnysha Greene – Dec 12, 2010

    Thank you for your kind words about "Sundays." They are much appreciated!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 05, 2010

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on Admission. Much appreciated.

    Jack Swenson – Dec 05, 2010

    Thanks for your comment about "A Little Fishing." Yes, poor "Harpo." He never got around to sprucing up that car. It was a beauty, too.

    Doug Bond – Dec 05, 2010

    Claire, thanks for your enthusiasm for the verse part of "Urgent Reply"...contorted Frost, probably best in small doses, like: His yoke he tinkles in a terror /Wonders what might be the error.

    Cherise Wolas – Dec 04, 2010

    Thank you Claire, for the fav on Ping Pong. I just saw on FB one of your stories touted, I think as part of 52/250... and will go, post-haste, to read it!

    M – Dec 04, 2010

    Thank you for your wonderful note about loon Claire. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance as well! Have a great weekend. Cheers. -- Q

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 03, 2010

    Hi, Claire. Thanks for reading and faving "The Proud Accounting." Always appreciate your visits and comments.

    M.H. – Nov 15, 2010

    Thanks so much Claire for you generous comments on "She spread her legs and flew away" :)!

    Cherise Wolas – Nov 14, 2010

    Claire, your words on Unpacking Sentences really made my day in so many ways! Thank you for your comments and the star.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 11, 2010

    Thanks for checking out the Orange Julius poem, Claire. Love your comments, as always.

    Kate Brown – Sep 26, 2010

    Hi Clarie! Thanks for your wonderful comment on 'Swimming Pool'. I guess I'm sometimes more here than I am at others. The whole of life feels a bit like that at the moment ;)

    J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 26, 2010

    Hi, Claire. Thanks for reading 'Three Times Fifty Five.' I appreciate your comment.

    Jules Archer – Sep 25, 2010

    Thank you so much Claire for commenting on "Just a Mountain". Appreciate it...

    Martin Dodd – Sep 25, 2010

    Thank you,Claire, for your read and comment on "Ashes."

    Susan Tepper – Sep 25, 2010

    Claire, thanks so much for reading and enjoying some of my latest stories, very much appreciate!

    Kim Conklin – Sep 24, 2010

    Thanks for the great comment on No Goodbyes! I really appreciate the read.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 24, 2010

    Thank you for reading Rivals. Glad you liked it.

    Jack Swenson – Sep 23, 2010

    World weary? Me? And kinky? Well, maybe. In my youth. Thanks!

    Michelle Elvy – Sep 22, 2010

    Claire! Thanks for the fab comment on Escalation! Much appreciated!!

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 22, 2010

    Aw, Claire. thanks so much for your note on Sex in Siberia. I'm glad it surprised you! -meg

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 19, 2010

    Claire - thanks so much for your supportive comment on "Separation"! xo-meg

    Keith U. – Sep 18, 2010

    Thank you, Claire, for looking for me here and reading, commenting on, and faving rejection letters.

    I got a little weepy at your comment. I can't thank you enough. I write because I have to, I share what I write because every once in a blue moon, someone comes along and says something like you did. Thank you.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 18, 2010

    Thanks for faving "Bone Density," Clair. Very pleased you liked it so much.

    Jane Hammons – Sep 08, 2010

    Thanks, Claire, for letting Making it Right work on you!

    Doug Bond – Aug 17, 2010

    i appreciate you're comments on It's Not, yes a different but still ardent appreciation of the oblong ball, each to their season...or better yet listen to the great George Carlin bit!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 13, 2010

    Thank you for reading Summer. Glad you liked it.

    George LaCas – Aug 13, 2010

    Thanks Claire! Responded on story wall: "Godot is like Leviathan and Behemoth rolled into one invisible monster."

    Jerry Ratch – Aug 13, 2010

    Thanks, Claire, for reading and for your comments!

    George LaCas – Aug 12, 2010

    Thanks, Claire. I think Godot may take many forms before it's all over.

    See ya – Aug 12, 2010

    Thanks so much for reading Thin Pages. That means a great deal to me.

    Michael Dickes – Aug 12, 2010

    Thanks for checking back in on Lish. My f'naut family is really great!

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 12, 2010

    Thank you for your great words on In the Lake... the fav... and for engaging in the dialogue that developed as a result of my piece! So appreciate it all.

    Matthew Rasnake – Aug 11, 2010

    Thanks for the read, Claire. I really appreciate the positive comments on "Postman". When I get the audio version finished, I'll be sure to send you a link. ;)

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 10, 2010

    thanks, Claire, for finding Pi in the Sky. I'm glad you found it compelling! :)

    David Ackley – Aug 10, 2010

    So pleased that you re-read "Modern Warfare" and read it to your husband: thanks for the thoughtful attention and response.

    Kim Conklin – Aug 10, 2010

    Thanks for the read and the kind words on Limboland, Claire. Life is a waiting game, isn't it?

    David Ackley – Aug 09, 2010

    Thanks, Claire, for the comment and the fave of my little paene to death and destruction.

    George LaCas – Aug 09, 2010

    Thanks, Claire, for commenting on "Poleward" - I bet that character will be smoking in the frozen north, too!

    Kim Conklin – Aug 09, 2010

    Thanks for the generous comment on Midnight Riders. I appreciate the read.

    Jack Swenson – Aug 09, 2010

    Yikes! Put down that stick, Claire. This story ("Peace") isn't about me! I mean I was young at the time. Young and dumb. Help, help!

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 09, 2010

    re: "Infinity Pool." I'm responding as a reader only, Claire, not as a critic. I don't think the story necessarily has to be more explicit. For me, though, it needs to reward close reading. In other words, you don't have to spell everything out for me, but I need all the clues to be there, so if I'm truly observant, I should be able to figure it all out. There are a number of tantalizing details re: family relations in the story that don't quite cohere for me. As a reader, I find that frustrating. That being said, it all comes down to what you, the writer, intend with your story. What do you want the reader to come away with?

    James Lloyd Davis – Aug 09, 2010

    Claire, my own experience is difficult to write about and I never really tried. Oh, not because of some trauma. There was none of that, really. Survival sometimes overcomes all other emotions, so the terror becomes something else in your head. That's why Infinity Pool resonated with me, expressing something I'd more or less forgotten. I'll think about your question, though, and if I can write about it, I'll be sure to let you read it.

    ABxx – Aug 09, 2010

    Hi Claire,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments--especially regarding the Russian. Glad to know my portrayal of this character so interesting.

    Lovely blog. I looking forward to reading it.

    All best,

    Juhi Kalra – Aug 08, 2010

    Claire, You must have been on an early Sunday morning readathon to find "Food Porn" in my vaults :) Thank you for reading it, and commenting on it. It was, in fact, the three meals I made for myself in a single summer day last year. I also love this piece for many reasons, not the least of which is that the memory of it makes my mouth water.
    All best

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 08, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Blossoms and Buds," Claire.

    Mary Lane – Jul 31, 2010

    Thank you for commenting, Claire. Your words are so dear. The truth is sometimes scarier than fiction. I'm glad to meet you on here. Harley

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 30, 2010

    Claire, you made my night! Wow, thanks!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 29, 2010

    Thanks, Claire. Glad you liked "It's Like." Thanks for the fav!

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 29, 2010

    Sorry I made you cry. Love your responses to my stuff. Love my responses to your stuff. Did I tell you that a character has been brewing a couple months now in response to Peach? Soon... he wants out.

    Ramon Collins – Jul 28, 2010

    Nice to meet you, Claire. Thank you for the nice comment on SOMETIMES. I think as we grow older we long for a simpler time, B.C. (before computers). A time today's kids probably will never see: frogs, first love and unsoiled environments.

    Meg Pokrass – Jul 27, 2010

    Thank you, Claire, for reading "Feeeeeuck" and commenting and for being Claire! Hope you are having a good summer! I cannot believe it is almost, over -- sort of. -meg

    Myra King – Jul 26, 2010

    I was in a funny place when I wrote that! Thanks, Claire, for comments on Leaving.

    Jules Archer – Jul 26, 2010

    Claire - isn't baggage fun?
    Thanks for the read and the comments!

    Juhi Kalra – Jul 26, 2010

    Hi Claire
    Reworked Eleven. Take a look.

    George LaCas – Jul 26, 2010

    Thanks, Claire! True story.

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 26, 2010

    Hi Claire, thank you for your comments about Requirement. I appreciate it very much!

    Susan Tepper – Jul 26, 2010

    Claire, thanks for your good wishes on my Short Review piece, and your other kindnesses

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 25, 2010

    Thank you for reading and commenting on White Death. Much appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 25, 2010

    Thanks for your kind comment on "Processes," Claire. I appreciate your words very much.

    Larry Strattner – Jul 08, 2010

    PS. "Tyler is learning..." is a good concept. The piece here has a funny twist. If you can keep it going at this level I'd say go for it. I saw a YA novel written entirely in emails. And you're right on about the internet. So. Cheers LS

    George LaCas – Jul 02, 2010

    Thanks, Claire. re "What Words Are" - The last two lines are imported from another poem of mine, and I used them to shock the reader, and to contrast between the approach to God through words, and how words can seem irrelevant in the face of our new "gods" - high tech, the machine-mind.

    Jules Archer – Jul 01, 2010

    Ooooo, that's a good word. Slash. Must add to collection...

    Myra King – Jul 01, 2010

    Thanks Claire, I have been working and cringing, not necessarily in that order over the ms, it is better than it was, and a few thousand words shorter! Thanks for your encouragement, much appreciated! I haven't been on fictonaut for awhile as I'm preparing for my book launch of short stories, City Paddock. I'm hoping to raise lots for the Light Horse.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 01, 2010

    Thank you for reading Blindness. I was thinking about having the title identical to the prompt. Now that you suggest that, I think I'll change it.

    Juhi Kalra – Jul 01, 2010

    Oh my goddess, Claire. I went ahead and started reading you, and I think I'm hooked. "Flash", Peach, & Peach 2. Love them. I am learning to admire writers who's voices are, unlike mine, more than their own. Good good good. ~J

    Juhi Kalra – Jul 01, 2010

    Claire, Thank you for your thoughtful comment on "Red Smells Like". I will get to reading your work right after the July 4th weekend. Have a good one. All my best, ~J

    Jack Swenson – Jun 13, 2010

    Claire, you are always so kind. Thank you so much for your comments about "Naked Ladies."

    Jack Swenson – Jun 09, 2010

    Claire: That reminds me, I've got another hospital story. It's a doozy. Thank you, thank you.

    Myra King – Jun 07, 2010

    Thanks, Claire, for your comments on Weakest Link. Oh that zebra crossing! someone's got a funny sense of humour. I love it.

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 06, 2010


    So pleased you were pleased with my comments on Peach. Peach is a peach. But Peach has got to rein herself in, or she'll just be a split peach, perhaps a badly bruised peach. But she'll always have (at least until everything falls down!) that peach-like bottom.

    Great going Claire.

    I so look forward to your comments on my pieces.

    Michelle Elvy – Jun 06, 2010

    I love Peach!

    Michelle Elvy – Jun 06, 2010

    Claire! So glad you liked Rock On and esp that last bit. Thanks for the comment.

    Gary Percesepe – Jun 06, 2010

    hi claire,

    glad you are here on FN

    thanks or wandering through the archinve and reminding me i HAD a poem called "question."

    now that i remember it, i will try to remember what i am am doing today, also.



    David King – Jun 06, 2010

    The Three Kings? The Kings Shall Rule?

    Maybe there are more than three of us on here!

    Myra King – Jun 05, 2010

    Thanks, Claire, for your lovely comments on my poem.

    Michelle Elvy – May 31, 2010

    Claire, thanks for finding my stories!! Glad you liked Love, Story and the others too. See you around more!

    Myra King – May 26, 2010

    Claire, great that you enjoyed Purple Patch! :-)

    Myra King – May 25, 2010

    I wanted to, too! Thanks for yor nice words and the fav!

    Johnsienoel – May 25, 2010

    Thanks for coming back to read again. No worries about misssing the metapor. The beauty of words to me is that they can mean so many different things to different people when mashed together.

    Jack Swenson – May 25, 2010

    Claire, Thanks so much for your kind and flattering response to my story "The Birds."

    Johnsienoel – May 24, 2010

    Thank you for the fave on the kamikaze songbirds! It is greatly appreciated.

    Martha Williams – May 24, 2010

    Claire, thanks for your kind comments on Hummingbird and the fave, always appreciated. M

    James Lloyd Davis – May 22, 2010

    Thank you, Claire and welcome.

    Myra King – May 22, 2010

    Claire, I'm glad you enjoyed my poem. Thanks for the fav!

    Myra King – May 22, 2010

    We must be related :-)

    Claire King – Apr 25, 2010

    Thank you both! I have just descended out of a cloud of volcanic ash. There should be fictional substance here any time now...

    Myra King – Apr 24, 2010

    Hey, we share the same name! Welcome.

    Martha Williams – Apr 21, 2010

    Welcome to Fictionaut - great to see you here. M

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