I’m Claire Humphrey. I write novels and short stories, mostly about dysfunctional families with supernatural powers, magicians being jerks to each other, and the future being trapped by the past. I have been told I’m fun at parties.
I’ve been writing all my life. Before I knew the alphabet, my mother used to write down the stories I told her. One of my earliest works was about a mouse living in a haunted house, so I guess I can even say I’ve always been writing speculative fiction.
The other stuff I’ve done could have been tailored for exactly this kind of author bio: I worked as a tree planter for three seasons, spent some time as the night manager of a Taco Bell, and was a private in the Canadian Army Reserve. I’ve been a boxer, a runner, a cyclist. I’ve lived in wilderness camps, in cute little basement flats, and in houses with mysterious presences.
I’ve worked in the book business for most of my adult life. One thing I love about it is that every day, new readers are born. Every day, someone picks up a story that will change their life. Once in a while, that story is mine.
Background Illustration courtesy of Richard Wagner