Note: I will be discontinuing this blog and moving it back to Dragonfly Pub as we set up new hosting. Please visit that site from now on!
My name is Mary Woodbury, and I write fiction under the name Clara Hume. I made this site to focus on my creative writing, but you can find out more about my books and publishing at Dragonfly Pub.
Professional: I’m a technical writer for an international company. I love my job and my team in Halifax! I’m also a graduate of Purdue University, where I received two bachelor of arts degrees in both English and anthropology.
Personal: I live near Halifax, Nova Scotia, with my husband and two cats. We live in a cozy house with a meadow, which is lovely. It’s not unusual to find deer roaming about the yard throughout the year. We’ve also planted forty trees in the last couple of years.
Books and other writing: I’m the author of Back to the Garden (Moon Willow Press, 2014), Bird Song: A Novella (Dragonfly Pub, 2020), and Finn’s Tree Alphabet (Dragonfly Pub, 2021). Upcoming is the sequel to Back to the Garden, The Stolen Child (2022) and Elk Stories (tba). I’m also a contributing author to Wild Tales from the River (Stormbird Press, 2018). I’m part of the core writer team at Artists and Climate Change and have guest-posted at Chicago Review of Books, Ecology Action Centre’s Magazine, ClimateCultures.net, Free Word Centre, SFFWorld, and Fjord’s Review. My articles have been translated at Chinese Science Writers Association and Zest Letteratura Sostenibile.
Volunteer: I run Dragonfly.eco, a place to find meaningful stories about our natural world and humanity’s connection with it. The site explores the wild, crazy, and breathtaking literary trail of eco-fiction, with a large book database, spotlights, interviews, and more. My motto is “blowing your mind with wild words and worlds.” This site raises awareness of the impact of, and diversity in, storytelling around the world that explores climate change and related ecological themes. It’s a volunteer project, done with passion and commitment, in order to explore the wild in literature. I like the idea of rewilding our stories and write in that genre as well. I also volunteer copy-edit the quarterly magazine at Ecology Action Centre.