|Name Claire McNab||Role Writer|
|Nominations Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery/Science Fiction|
Books Lessons in Murder, The Wombat Strategy, Silent heart, Under the Southern Cross, Platypus Ploy
Claire McNab (born 1940 in Melbourne, Australia) is the pseudonym of Claire Carmichael. While pursuing a career as a high school teacher in Sydney, she began her writing career with comedy plays and textbooks. She left teaching in the mid-1980s to become a full-time writer. In her native Australia she is known for her self-help and children's books.
She is best known for 14 crime novels featuring the highly popular Detective-Inspector Carol Ashton and six featuring undercover agent Denise Cleever. Her latest series features Kylie Kendall, an Australian transplanted to Los Angeles, who determines to become a private investigator in order to pursue her father's business and his business partner.
McNab has served as the president of Sisters in Crime and is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She is a 2006 Medal Winner of the Alice B. Awards and was nominated for the 1996 Lammy Award Lesbian Mystery Award.
She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 after falling in love with an American woman, and now teaches not-yet-published writers through the UCLA Writers' Extension Program.
In addition to crime fiction, McNab has published children's novels, picture books, self-help, and English textbooks.
She returns to Australia at least once a year to refresh her aussie accent.