Hilary Gan lives in St. Louis, MO, with her D+D-playing husband and terrifyingly curious toddler. After stints as an ecologist, line cook, candlemaker, package tester, and museum educator, in 2013 she graduated with an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. Her debut story, “The Pragmatist,“ was selected as a 2010 Million Writers Award Notable Story, and that story and "Transit" have both been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her favorite books and collections include Factotum, the City of Brass trilogy, Spinning Silver, Bluets, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jane Eyre, Deerskin, The Blue Sword, The Earthsea Trilogy, Deaf Republic, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, The Perilous Gard, Shanghai Baby, and Les Miserables. Her major non-literary inspirations include Bob Dylan, Epictetus, Neko Case, the Sonoran desert, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, an insistent orange cat named Harry, and an odd-but-loveably-goofy second set of claws named Bruce.