Clare Howdle lives in Cornwall, UK, where she works as a copywriter, editor and brand strategist. Through her day job she’s written travel guides, interviewed Hollywood directors, got under the skin of supercomputers and explored the worlds of everything from mythical beasts to burlesque. But at dawn and dusk she turns to fiction. Her short stories have been published in The Sunday Times, The Masters Review and Popshot magazine among others. She's been longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award and the Mslexia Short Story Competition, won the Word Factory apprenticeship and been shortlisted for the Grindstone Literary Short Story Prize. Her first novel – a study of freedom, control and the power dynamics of relationships, set in Cornwall and the shadows of colonial Zimbabwe – is currently out on submission.