Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. Her historical novel “The Last of the Blacksmiths” (Coffeetown Press, 2014), based on the true story of a German immigrant blacksmith to Ohio, has been named a Notable Book at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library, and Book of the Month with the German American Heritage Foundation. Her memoir, “How We Survive Here: Families Across Time” (Coffeetown Press, 2018) recounts the author’s quest to trace and write the truth about her ancestors. The memoir received a Finalist Award in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. In the name of historical research, Ms. Gebben has harvested grapes in the German Rhinelands and wielded a blacksmith hammer on fiery hot steel. She lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. More info at: http://clairegebben.com.