Claire Gebben is the author of the historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths, a fictional memoir based on an ancestor who immigrated to Ohio from Germany. 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 on Whidbey Island, WA. Her writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, Soundings Review, and Northwest Prime Time, and she is an occasional columnist on reading, writing, and publishing for the Mercer Island Reporter.