I am novelist Claudia H. Long, and here you can read all about me, my historical fiction novels, and follow the latest book news and events. I’m a weaver of words, catcher of dreams, and chronicler of the spaces between the lines in the history books: women’s stories, women’s dreams, her-story. In my alternate life I’m a highly caffeinated, chocolate-loving lawyer-mediator, mother of two, wife and cook. Welcome to my world!
I have been a student, a seeker, and a writer all my life, but my career as a novelist goes back over a dozen years. I write historical fiction, which explores the rich, mysterious, and exciting real world we live in. The settings may be exotic, like 1920's San Francisco, or 17th Century colonial Mexico, but the challenges and experiences of my characters are still relevant today.
Growing up in Mexico City, where my parents ended up after a long post-World War II journey, lends me insights to the world of my characters. I studied at Radcliffe/Harvard, and later Georgetown Law, which taught me how to research, construct a narrative framework, and express my ideas on paper. I never tire of imagining colonial life, or depicting the bravery of early modern professional women.
Though I had a peripatetic upbringing, I have established roots in the San Francisco Bay Area where I raised my children, write, work, and play. I spend my time in California, practicing law and writing books. I have fantastic opportunities to explore the incredible impact that art, poetry, law and of course, the heart, had on women of a long-ago time. I hope you will enjoy reading Josefina's Sin, The Duel for Consuelo, The Harlot's Pen, and my other books set in their worlds, OUR worlds from long ago.
I blog about my books and the writing process, as well as speak at numerous writers and literary events every year. Keep in touch and maybe someday we can discuss my characters in person. Also, I share all my comings and goings on Facebook where you can follow me.
I have two different settings for my stories, with a triptych of books set in each.
The historical world of Josephina's Sin is set in colonial Mexico. I loved writing Josefina's Sin (published by Simon and Shuster) because it gave me a chance to explore my favorite time period of Mexican history. The story takes place in the 1690s, when Mexico was still a Spanish colony overseen by a Viceroy, with Marquis and Counts. It was a very, very different time from today. Women's lives were run by rules that we would find outrageous, but their friendships and loves were much like ours!
The Duel for Consuelo was published by Booktrope in June, 2014. It picks up 21 years after Josefina's Sin. The son Josefina bore at the end of the book is now 21 years old. Consuelo, the beautiful healer with secrets to conceal, captures his love. But he has a few secrets of his own, and the Inquisition, in a final grasp for power, blocks his way to Consuelo's heart.
My second series is kicked off with The Harlot's Pen, published by Devine Destinies. It takes us to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco in the roaring 20s. Brothels and prohibition, rights for women and the red scare... all in one book!
My first goal is to create a compelling story with interesting female protagonists. Though historical fiction, the tales involve Romantic themes like love, learning, lust, poetry, infidelity... Imagine being a Jewish woman in 17th century Mexico, or a female professional journalist in 1920's San Francisco. These struggles were fought by real women, and I romanticize their stories in my books. Crypto judaism, feminist historical fiction, Jewish historical fiction, and Jews in Mexico are a few of my themes.