Author Interview: Mae Clair

Cool things are happening! Jennifer of Dandelions Inspired review blog invited me over for an interview and came up with some amazing questions, Not only did she ask about my newest release, Cusp of Night, but she delved deeper into my stories in general. If you get a chance, please hop over and share some blog love. And if you’re looking for a blogger who lives reading and books, you’ll want to connect with Jen. She reads and reviews more than anyone I know!

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Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile know that I have nothing but love and respect for the fabulous Mae Clair! I have had the opportunity to read and review her novels for the past few years and I have interviewed her previously, however, in celebration of her newest novel, Cusp of Night, I thought it would be fantastic to catch up again and share some of her brilliant insight with my readers! Enjoy!

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Mae, I first connected with you when you wrote your Point Pleasant Series which included the legendary Mothman and collapse of The Silver Bridge in 1967. Is your new Hode’s Hill Series based on any “real legends?”

Hmm. Yes and no. My “creature” in Cusp of Night is purely fictional, but I had Springheeled Jack in mind when I first envisioned it leaping between rooftops and over fences. Also, as far-fetched as it…

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The Birth of the Spiritualism

Happy Monday, Friends! It’s a new week and a slower one as I wind down my tour stops for Cusp of Night. I truly appreciate all the support everyone has shown the first book in my new series.

Today, I am visiting with my good friend Debbie Peterson and sharing a post about how the spiritualism movement got started. If you get a moment, please pop over to Debbie’s blog to check out my post. And while you’re there, take a peek around. Debbie writes shivery paranormal romances filled with tender-hearted ghostly love. I’ve read them all and highly recommend them!

The closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . . Cusp of Night by @MaeClair1 #NewRelease #Suspense

The lovely Jacquie Biggar has opened her blog to me today to share Cusp of Night. Jacquie has an extremely active blog and is a wonderful friend. Please pop over and take a look at her wide collection of books. While you’re there, you may want to check out my post about “automatic writing,” a skill mediums used in the days of the Spiritualism movement. I found it fascinating!

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I’m super excited to have Mae Clair on the blog today celebrating the release of her new novel, Cusp of Night!

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Jacquie! I’ve been making the rounds with my newest release, Cusp of Night, a mystery / suspense novel with paranormal elements. Cusp of Night features two timelines—one set at the end of the 19th Century, with another in present day.

My main character in the past is a Spiritualist who becomes the toast of Philadelphia society. Her séances are well attended and she’s lauded in the newspapers as being genuine. “Sitters” who attend her sessions are treated to ghostly music, rapping sounds, table tilting, “spirit hands,” ectoplasm, and more. These were all typical elements of mediumistic practices at the time. While researching these and more, I found “automatic writings” to be particularly interesting.

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A medium performs automatic writing—without conscious…

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My Book Review: “Cusp of Night.” The #NewRelease by Mae Clair @MaeClair1 #Iartg @StoryEmpire #Mystery #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal

Suzanne Burke has shared her review of Cusp of Night today. WOW! I am so delighted by what she had to say. If you get a moment, hop on over and check it out. Soooz has her own release, The Alternative, coming up shortly and has authored numerous other books. I highly recommend the two penned as “Stacey Danson,” though all her work is excellent. The Stacey Danson books left an impression upon me that lingers to this day. I am honored to call this woman a friend, and hope you’ll take a few moments to get to know her through her blog and her stories.

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

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Meet MAE CLAIR

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Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her Point Pleasant series of novels.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers, Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions.  Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

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The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Cusp of Night (Hode’s Hill Series) by Mae Clair

The lovely Sally Cronin is sharing Cusp of Night on her blog today along with an early review of the book. What a delight! Sally is a sweetheart and a fantastic supporter of other authors. She is all about paying it forward. I”m delighted to be her guest!

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Delighted to feature the latest release from Mae ClairCusp of Night ( Hode’s Hill Series) released on June 12th.

About Cusp of Night

The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once…

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The Cusp of Night, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Maya Sinclair, the heroine in my new release, Cusp of Night, is being interviewed by Lisa Burton on Craig Boyack’s blog. Lisa is Craig’s PR spokes model who hosts a weekly show. Hop over and check out the interview, and sign up for your own character interview while you’re there.

Also, Craig’s blog, Entertaining Stories, is a “must follow.” He’s a wonderful supporter of other authors, a brilliant writer (I highly recommend his books) and a fun blogger. His blog is called Entertaining Stories for a reason!

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Lisa Burton

Welcome all you spiritualists and mediums. You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my very special guest today is Maya Sinclair. “Welcome to the show, Maya.”

“Thanks, Lisa. It’s nice to be here. I always enjoy listening to your show.”

“My bio says you’ve moved recently.”

“Yes, to a small city in Pennsylvania called Hode’s Hill.”

“Any specific reason for the move?”

“I needed a fresh start after…well—I had a car accident that shook me up pretty badly.”

“That sounds awful.”

“I don’t remember a lot about it. They tell me I was clinically dead for a period of two minutes and twenty-two seconds. That number will stick in my head forever.”

“I’ve heard of people seeing things when they have an experience like that. Were you aware of what was…

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Talking Bridges and a New Release, Cusp of Night by Mae Clair

If you’ve read any of my Point Pleasant series, you know I have a fondness for river towns and an attachment to historic bridges. I’m visiting Joan Hall today with a post about the destruction of another historic bridge and how it inspired a plot thread in Cusp of Night. If you get a chance, pop over and check it out!

While you’re there poke around Joan’s blog and website. She’s a good friend and wonderful mystery writer. Check out her Driscoll Lake series for more small town whodunits!

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Hi, Readers. I’m delighted to welcome back friend and fellow author Mae Clair to my site today. She has just released a brand new book, the first of her new Hode’s Hill Series. I’ve had the pleasure of reading this one and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Please give a warm welcome to Mae as she talks about Cusp of Night.


Hello, and thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I’m delighted to be sharing my newest release, Cusp of Night. This book combines past and present timelines, a growing trend in the mystery/suspense genre. I’m not only a fan as a writer, but as a reader, too. I love the back-and-forth element of two mysteries that ultimately need to clash head-on at the end.

In Cusp of Night, I address an assault and disappearances in the present, with an urban legend and…

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#NewRelease Cusp of Night by Mae Clair #supernatural #mystery

Do you like board games? Today, one of my blog tour stops is with Teri Polen, where I take a look at popular “game nights” in the late 1800s. The most popular form of entertainment might just surprise you. I hope you’ll pop over to take a look-see.

And while you’re there, check out Teri’s blog. She’s got her own brand new release with The Gemini Connection. We’re sharing virtual bubbly together 🙂

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I’m thrilled to host Mae Clair today with her new release, Cusp of Night.  I became a fan of Mae’s after reading the first page of her Point Pleasant series, and can’t wait to dive into this new novel!

Hi, Teri and Teri’s readers! It’s great to be here today to talk about my new mystery / suspense novel Cusp of Night. I have a fondness for things that are unusual and otherworldly, so this book has a more than a touch of the supernatural among its pages. With dual timelines, it tells the story of Maya Sinclair in the present—a woman who was clinically dead for two minutes and twenty-two seconds—and Lucinda Glass, a renowned medium of the late 1800s. Both timelines converge at the end, tying past and present together in one neat bow. The past was especially interesting to write, as I was able to delve into…

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Book launch and Excerpt! Cusp of Night by Mae Clair

I’ve got another post happening today at Sue Vincent’s blog. The lovely Sue is a huge supporter of authors and has an extremely diverse blog with writing prompts, photography, historical accounts and more–not to mention Sue’s books. Hop on over to check it out, along with my post about why Cusp of Night was originally called The Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill. It’s a bit of a “colorful” post 🙂

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Cusp of Night Takes Readers from Circus, to Tea Room, to Séance

Sue, many thanks for having me on your blog today. I’m delighted to be here to share my newest release, Cusp of Night. The first book in my Hodes Hill series, Cusp is a mystery/suspense novel that can be enjoyed as a standalone. I have two timelines in this book, one set in the past and one in the present. Both ultimately converge at the end in a tidy bow. 😊

When the reader first meets Lucinda Glass—my lead character in the past—she’s eking out an existence as a trapeze artist in Oliver’s Emporium and Traveling Show. The year is 1897 and Lucinda is known by the name she was born with—Lucy Strick. She’s an attractive twenty-year-old with a flowing black hair, blue-white eyes, and a lithe body. Gorgeous, right?

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Mediums and Spirit Cabinets (Research for Cusp of Night)

I mentioned there would be unique information on my blog tour stops. Have you ever heard of a Spirit Cabinet before? Today, I’m sharing a post at Staci Troilo’s blog about how this device was used. Staci is a good friend and an excellent author. Be sure to check out her books while you’re there. I love them all, but the Medici Protectorate Series is my personal favorite. She’s highly supportive of others and a great one to follow if you’re not already!

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I love hosting authors here, and I’m never happier to do it than when I know the writer and her work—and LOVE both. Mae Clair has been here before, and she’s always entertaining and always offering a fascinating story. Today is no exception. She’s releasing her latest novel, Cusp of Night, the first of her newest saga (The Hode’s Hill Series), and she’s agreed to share some of her research with us. Let’s give her a warm welcome.


Cusp of Night Thanks for having me as your guest today. I’ve been making the rounds with my latest release, Cusp of Night , a book with timelines set in the past and present. This is becoming a trend in fiction, especially with suspense novels. Cusp of Night is equal parts suspense and mystery with elements of the supernatural—and more than a few historical facts.

The research for this book was fascinating, especially as…

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