Claudia Retter was born in Germany, grew up in New England, and now makes her home in Columbus, Ohio.  She has seen the world through the eyes of an artist and storyteller ever since she opened her first picture book, and inspires others to see the stories in their own lives through her exhibits, readings, and workshops. She has received numerous accolades for both her photographic work and her handmade artist book, The Flying Adventures of Two Candy Cane Pen Friends,  including awards from the Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Southern Vermont Art Center, and Salmagundi Club of New York.  She is currently bringing Flying Adventures to a national audience while also working on her next project.  Claudia's  hobbies and inspirations are many: she is a pilot, singer, occasional poet & painter, avid reader, sewist, and beginning ukulele player.