Vivian Shaw enjoys edged weapons and pricey ink, and she wears way too many earrings. She was born in Kenya and has lived in several cities, including Cardiff, Oxford, and Baltimore. She holds a bachelor's degree in art history and an MFA in creative writing and publishing arts, and she currently works as a freelance editor and proofreader. She writes about creatures, both real and imagined, machines (both real and fantasy), calamities and their causes, and found family. Weird Practice, Awful Company, and Grave Significance are the three books in the Doctor Greta Helsing contemporary fantasy trilogy. Uncanny and Pseudopod have published her short stories and horror tales.