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Claire Merchant

Claire Merchant is an author from Western Australia. She began writing in high school as a means of commenting on her surroundings, which soon developed into a passion for storytelling and character building.


Claire attended university to study English Literature, Communications and Education, and has used skills she learnt, along with personal experiences, to help her in her writing.


She has written several stories surrounding the residents of the fictional South Coast, in themes ranging from fantasy and supernatural fiction, to adventure, action, drama and romance.


Merchant's Mistry captures worldwide audience

Notre Dame alumna soars in the publishing world

Review: 'Mistry by Moonlight' by Claire Merchant

Top 10 Tips for Writing YA Fiction by Claire Merchant

Litpick articles:

Six Minutes with an Author

Write Often, Write Every Day
Extra Credit Interview with an Author

Vice Versus Virtue: Creating Complete Characters

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Life After 'The End'

Brick By Brick: Building Ideas and Breaking Through Writers Block

It's Not Just Fiction


  • Finding Hope


    What do you do when you lose the person dearest to you? How do you dare to live - let alone love, again?  Hope Hadley's answer to these questions is: you don't.

  • Christian and Layla


    Fourteen-year-old Christian Turner starts his new life in the small town of Almanbury. Unhappy with his father's decision to move there from South Coast, Christian's spirits reach a new low. Just when he feels like his life is going up in smoke, he meets Layla Thomas

  • A Lady Born, A Pirate Bred


    Seventeen-year-old Corey has developed into the perfect pirate, serving under a fine captain and in a position of trust and authority. But even if she is content with her life, she knows deep down it is not complete.

  • Mistry At Dawn


    Taylor Mistry yearns for understanding to control her curse and continue to protect Harper, the love of her life. Both share the burden of living their life according to the lunar calendar.

  • Midnight Mistry


    Step into a supernatural world to encounter werewolves, vampires, grim reapers and banshees, but most of all, to encounter an epic love story between two, what should be, impossible lovers.

  • Knowing Nora


    Do you know Nora Hadley? Not many people do; and more and more often these days Nora doesn't know if she even knows herself.

  • Forever Ruby


    Newly qualified lawyer Ruby Edwards is pretty much where she wants to be in life: a new job in a prestigious law firm, good friends, and above all a promising future with Oliver, the love of her life.

  • Mistry by Moonlight


    After a year in Europe, Taylor Mistry returns to South Coast a changed woman inside and out. While some people barely recognise the person they have known for years, similarly Taylor doesn’t recognise herself, finding it difficult to fit back into her old life.

  • South Coast Son


    You would think that living in a ‘castle’-like house, being waited on hand and foot and being the best player in minor league football with the potential of signing to major league, would be every university student’s idea of heaven. Not in the case of Samuel Saber.

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