Rhenna St. Clair—Author & Painter

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Praise for Getting New Mexico from other authors 

“Getting New Mexico moves along like a summer monsoon, building to a delightful climax. Part love story and part comedic hero’s journey, the story is filled with quirky and diverse characters and unlikely situations right out of real life. A fun read from start to finish.”

—Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Manuelito, Chee, and Leaphorn mysteries.

Getting New Mexico is a delightful tale of personal redemption set against the backdrop of a northern New Mexico in which even the most jaded of newcomers might find magic behind adobe walls and love blooming amid the chamisa.”
—C. Joseph Greaves, author of Church of the Graveyard Saints

“Manhattan meets the sage-brush desert of New Mexico in this entertaining novel of a man’s reluctant journey toward redemption. I don’t know which I enjoyed more -- the idiosyncratic characters or the vivid descriptions of Santa Fe and its denizens. Altogether an enjoyable read!”
—Margaret Coel, New York Times best-selling author of Winter’s Child

“Readers will absolutely adore charming 77-year-old Clementine Schuyler and her free spirit bad boy son who proves at age 52 that it’s never too late to up your game and get your life back on track. Rhenna St. Clair tells their story with heart and finesse. Don’t miss this feel-good book.”
—C.C. Harrison, author of Death by G-String, a Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club Mystery, winner of the 2019 Colorado Humanities Book Award

Getting New Mexico is a fascinating portrait of the human experience. Schuyler’s unique perspective on New Mexico and his own life reflects times many readers have stopped and wondered how they ended up where they are. Schuyler may take this to heights most readers haven’t, but his quest to understand will captivate readers and leave them thinking.”
—DelSheree Gladden, author of the Eliza Carlisle Mystery series

“Sometimes a pilgrimage to the desert is what is needed to find the best light to shine on our true selves. A story of redemption, love, and second chances, Getting New Mexico is a bright and beautiful read.”
— Lynne Hinton, author of Pie Town and The Art of Arranging Flowers

—Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Manuelito, Chee, and Leaphorn mysteries.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my website!  I hope you have read and enjoyed Getting New Mexico, my first published book. 

The novel grew like a mushroom from a “prompt” in a writing workshop. The prompt was: “What can be fun about a funeral?”

I came up with the not-so-nice guy Aaron Schuyler, who mooches food and booze at funeral receptions. An anti-hero bumping into problems he causes himself can be a hoot to write about.

I’ve been writing for more than thirty years, and I had a great time writing Getting New Mexico. I’d love to know what you thought of it. Please let me hear from you!

If you have time, check out the serialized version of my novel Window of the Wind.

Thanks for visiting!

Rhenna St. Clair

Website Copyright Rhenna St. Clair 2019

Praise for Getting New Mexico from The Denver Post
Cover Design Finalist in the
2020 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards

My watercolor painting was used as the basis for Eleanor Goodrich's cover design for Getting New Mexico.

Be sure to check out the serialization of
Window of the Wind
on my blog.
Be sure to check out parts  10, 11  & 12!
“Getting New Mexico” by Rhenna St. Clair wins
New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Fiction
To read the full press release, click HERE