Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the BOA Editions Fiction Prize, was published in 2015 and was named as one of the best books of 2015 in The Paris Review. A figure skater first—having learned to skate and walk at the same time—she believes that crashing on ice prepared her for writing fiction. Besides writing, her careers and interests have been diverse: pushcart hotdog sales, lawyer and mediator, potter and tile maker, political activist, union organizer, sculptor, haunted corn maze manager as well as zombie trainer. She taught at Clark University and is now writing full time. She lives in New England and the high plains desert of central Nevada.