M.P.B. Clairette

M.P.B. Clairette is a French American author from Illinois who likes to challenge readers by tackling difficult topics using drama, fantasy, and magical realism. Her motto is: Keep dreaming regardless of what is being thrown your way and always stay true to yourself.

A graduate from Cardiff University of Journalism, she has always had a passion for telling stories whether using fiction writing, documentary making, or caricaturing. Writing runs in her family, with both her father and grandfather having been published in France.

Her first exposure to writing was around 8 years-old when she started writing short stories and poems. In 5th grade, she wrote an article in her school journal to raise awareness of HIV. She completed her first novel when she was 13 on an old typewriter her father gave her.

A grammar lover, she represented her junior high school at the regional spelling bee contest (les dicos d’or). Later, she continued writing poems through high school and completed short movies and documentaries in college. She also drew caricatures for her class’s newspaper.

“Happisad Memories” was written to cope with the loss of her own daughter who was stillborn in 2017. Every chapter challenged her to think positively and helped her beat depression. She now has two rainbow children who were born in 2019 and 2021.

In her free time, you will find M.P.B. Clairette spending time with her family, prepping for her next challenge (one of them was the 2018 Boston Marathon, she could not say no to a unicorn-themed medal!), binge-watching TV series and documentaries, or reading.