Mystery, Romance and Suspense Novelist

Claire Applewhite is a graduate of St. Louis University, where she earned an AB in Communications and an MBA, Finance, and completed the Mercantile Leadership Program for Women. A past participant in the Summer Writers Institute at Washington University, she is a contributing writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her first murder mystery novel, The Wrong Side of Memphis, was released in May 2009, by L&L Dreamspell. A short story, Moonlight Becomes You So, was released in June, 2009, also by L&L Dreamspell. Her romantic suspense novel, Crazy For You, about obsessive love among St. Louis’s wealthy elites, was released in April, 2010, and the second in the ‘Nam Noir series, St. Louis Hustle, will be released later this year. Unchain My Heart, a romantic thriller, was recently named a Semi-Finalist in the Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. In 2009, she organized Rouge et Noir, LLC.

Outside of Writing Novels

Claire is a current Board member of the Midwest Mystery Writers of America and the Missouri Writers Guild, where she is the President and former Conference Chair for the Annual 2010 Conference. Claire is an active member of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Heartland Writers Guild and Mystery Writers of America. To find out more about Claire, visit

To date, Claire has completed six novels, including a three book series. Three have been named semi-finalists  in the William Faulkner Creative Writing competition in 2005, 2006 and 2009. Night and Day was a 2007  Faulkner Finalist.

Her hobbies include her dogs, Lola, and Jack, aka “Vanna”, a rowdy Airedale Terrier. Vanna’s photo is pictured, and coincidentally, most of the books in the collection feature an Airedale much like her. Unlike the Airedales in the books, however, Vanna does not write chapters from her point of view. She is busy being a bad-to-the-bone Airedale – Claire’s favorite kind!

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