Claire is an artist and a writer. She live in Tampa with her husband and their cat, Muffin, who she did not name. If reincarnation is the upshot, she’d like to come back as a basset hound or, failing that, a redwood.

At this very minute, Claire might be writing and drawing Human Resources, a dystopic science-fiction murder mystery set in the near-ish future, when much of North America is under water and big cities have built levees taller than skyscrapers to protect themselves from a drastically altered planet. In 2013, Human Resources was the recipient of the University of South Florida Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation Award.

But maybe she’s doing her day-job at the University of South Florida, where she teaches Introduction to Literature and Expository Writing.

Follow her on instagram: @crown_and_hawk