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Hello

My name is Claire Ahuriri-Dunning: storyteller, mother, wife, musician, non-binary, Māori and Pakeha, indie game dev, software tester, teacher, thespian, gamer, animal enthusiast, aspiring novelist, fantasy and sci-fi nerd, among many other hats.
I am an award-winning writer in the following mediums: video game writing, roleplaying game writing, playwriting.
I am all about the story, in whichever medium I am working in. I want my audiences to be entertained, inspired, challenged, and empowered through my narratives, or better yet, the frameworks I make which invite them to create their own meaning.
I value authenticity, creativity, humour, industriousness, persistence, freedom, independence, compassion, and fairness.

My Works

Current Project: Finally getting my YA fantasy novel series to a point where I am happy with it. It's been with me for fifteen years now, but only now do I feel like I have the skills and the personal growth needed to tackle it in a way that I can be truly proud of it. Watch this space!

Previous work:

- My plays are available on Playmarket: https://www.playmarket.org.nz/playwrights/claire-ahuriri-dunning

- I worked with my husband James to create the Dragons of Tirenia setting: https://www.skybeargames.com/dragons-of-tirenia

- I write and develop my own video games, which can be found here: https://skybeargames.itch.io/

- Many more works are out there currently, and I will collect them over time. I've sort of let things just fall where they may over the years. I'm doing a little bit of openly available fanfiction on tumblr over here, using my novel characters but in different fandom settings: https://myocsbutelsewhere.tumblr.com/

- One old repository can be found here (but it's pretty rough!): https://clairewritesgoodstuff.blogspot.com/