Clare B. Dunkle

Author Visits with Clare B. Dunkle

Arranging an author visit or special event

Clare Dunkle at home

If you are interested in arranging an author visit to a school, library, troop, or club, you may email me at claredunkle at I currently live in northern California and travel out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK), so please bear that in mind when calculating travel costs.

When you contact me, please suggest the days that will work best for you; my writing work is more fluid than your curriculum or work schedule, so chances are good that I will be able to work with your date.

My normal speaking fee is $500 plus travel expenses for a one-day visit or $800 plus travel expenses for a two-day visit. Beyond that, I charge $300 plus travel expenses for each additional day.

My travel expenses consist of a per-mile charge of thirty cents a mile if I drive to your venue or the cost of the airplane tickets and baggage fees if I fly to your venue. They also include a $25-a-day charge for meals. If I have to stay in a hotel, I pass on that hotel cost to you.

You are welcome to use any material from this website for publicity purposes in promoting a signing or event, provided such material is properly credited. If you need a publicity photo of me, you may find several on this page.

Many readers contact me in order to ask a question about one of my books, such as whether the book is being made into a movie. I have posted questions and answers about my books on the following pages:

The Hollow Kingdom
Close Kin
By These Ten Bones
In the Coils of the Snake
The Sky Inside
The Walls Have Eyes
The House of Dead Maids
Hope and Other Luxuries

My daughter has posted questions and answers about her memoir, Elena Vanishing, on this page.

I've posted questions and answers about my career under the Reader Questions button on the right-hand side of this page.

I have put my very best writing and publishing advice in this separate section. Please read all the pages there before asking me any questions about book publishing. Please note that I cannot advise you on whether or not you should use a particular agent, publishing house, or editor. I cannot give further advice on self publishing, subsidy publishing, or book marketing, either. And I cannot advise you on legal or contract questions. You need to speak to a lawyer.

Unfortunately, I cannot read your written work, such as a story, poem, or manuscript. To find out why, please read this page.


Unfortunately, I can no longer answer all of the reader mail I receive. I could put together a form letter to send to you, but I have a lot of respect for my readers, and I think that if you take the time to write to me, you are hoping that I will take the time to write a personal message back to you. A form letter isn't personal, so it just won't do.

I still intend to answer as much reader mail as I can, but if I can't find the time to reply to yours, please remember that I was very happy to hear from you and that I would have written you back if I could.

I still intend to answer as many readers as I can, but if you have not received an answer within two weeks of writing me, then I'm afraid that one of the following things has happened:

  • I couldn't find the time to reply. This has nothing to do with your email and everything to do with what was on my schedule during those two weeks;
  • you filled in the form and forgot to fill in your email address;
  • your email address is invalid;
  • or

  • your email account has blocked my reply to you as "spam."

Unfortunately, the last problem happens quite frequently!

If you haven't received a reply, please email me again from a different account and let me know it is the second time you are trying to reach me. Perhaps another email address will not be so picky, or my schedule will allow me time to reply to this email.

All webpage text copyright 2003-2017 by Clare B. Dunkle, unless attributed otherwise. All photos copyright 2003-2017 by Joseph R. Dunkle, unless attributed otherwise. You may make one print copy of any page on this site for private or educational use. You may quote the author using short excerpts from this website, provided you attribute the quote. You may use the photos in both print and virtual media to promote the author's books or events. All other copying or use of this website material, either photos or text, is forbidden without the express written consent of the author.