Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland. After earning her BA in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, she eventually settled with her husband in Seattle. She’s worked as a newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, and ghostwriter, all the while raising a family and pursuing her first love of writing. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) on Whidbey Island, WA. She is now chair of the Board of Directors of the NILA organization. Her writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, Soundings Review, The Fine Line, and the January 2015 issue of Family Chronicle genealogy magazine (now called Your Genealogy Today), among other publications. She is a columnist on writing, reading, and publishing for The Mercer Island Reporter. THE LAST OF THE BLACKSMITHS is her first novel.
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