CLARE VANDERPOOL grew up reading books in unusual places—in dressing rooms, in the bathroom, while walking down the sidewalk (sometimes into telephone poles), in church, in math class. She suspects that some of her teachers knew she had a library book hidden behind her textbook, but the good ones didn’t let on. Historical ﬁction is a favorite of Clare’s, to read and to write. Moon Over Manifest, her ﬁrst novel, is set in the ﬁctional small town of Manifest, Kansas, which is based on the real southeastern Kansas town of Frontenac, home of both of her maternal grandparents. Drawing on stories she heard as a child, along with research in town newspapers, yearbooks, and graveyards, Clare found a rich and colorful history for her story.
Clare lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and their four children.