Claire McCully was born and raised in a small California town near Yosemite National Park. She is the youngest of six children, has worked as a seasonal firefighter, and was also employed as a library worker. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from CSU Fresno and is currently a writer, English professor, and a parent of six children. Claire recently participated in Reno’s first Literary Death Match. In addition to writing and teaching, she enjoys being in the outdoors, hiking through the Sierra, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She is thankful to call Tahoe her home.