Biographies of the Co-Authors
Clara Raina Flannigan
Clara Raina Flannigan was a child who was happiest when she was playing outdoors, collecting gopher tails and crows' eggs or playing baseball. She dreamed of going to Immaculata High School in Ottawa. Her long range goal was to get a good job and save money to buy a riding horse. Instead, at twelve years of age, she entered the Sanatorium with tuberculosis. She did not go to high school, get a job or buy a horse.
She became an inveterate diarist, graduated from the school of hard knocks with honours and banked her positive outlook in order to buy life.
Although losing much, Clara always felt she was a winner. She was happily married for twenty-five years and she and her husband Harry adopted a son, Bill, who was the light of their lives. Family was extremely important to her.
Clara never forgot the many friends she made in the San, and the medical team who contributed so selflessly to her wellbeing.
Anne Raina worked for many years in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She was a senior executive with a national disability organization when struck with a disabling autoimmune disorder herself.
She has been writing poetry, skits and short stories for friends and family since she was a child and she has two children's books in the works. Although she had been published in magazines and newspapers, co-writing Clara's Rib was her first adventure in publishing a book. Anne is one of eight members of The Ottawa Story Spinners. In December 2014 they launched Fireside Stories, their fifth book of short stories in The Black Lake Chronicles series.
Her daughter Kelly Anne McGahey, lives in Ottawa and her son, Mark McGahey, lives in Perth, ON. Her step-son, Stefan Cameron, lives in California.
Anne lives with her husband, Grant Cameron, in Ottawa.