Clare B. Dunkle (born June 11, 1964) is an American children's fantasy author and librarian. She was born Clare Buckalew in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned a B.A. in Russian with a minor in Latin from Trinity University in San Antonio and worked in Trinity University's library after earning her M.L.S. from Indiana University. For seven years, she and her family lived in the Rheinland Pfalz region of Germany not far from the Roman city of Trier. Her daughters (Elena and Valerie)attended a boarding school there and read her first four books as a series of letters from home.
Dunkle is the author of The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy comprising The Hollow Kingdom, published in 2003, Close Kin, in 2004, and In the Coils of the Snake, in 2005. She won the 2004 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for the first book as a standalone novel (series are generally recognized when complete).
By These Ten Bones was also published in 2005. The Sky Inside was published in 2008, and has a sequel, The Walls Have Eyes, published in 2009.