About Mary

Kowal1Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press.

Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.

When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them.

Recent Journal Entries

My Favorite Bit: SL Huang talks about ZERO SUM GAME

SL Huang is joining us today with her novel Zero Sum Game. Here’s the publisher’s description. Deadly. Mercenary. Superhuman. Not your ordinary math geek. Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight. […]

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KIRKUS gives VALOUR AND VANITY a starred review!

I should note that I’m really excited because this is my first starred review. Happy, happy dances! VALOUR AND VANITY [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Mary Robinette Kowal Renowned glamourists Lord and Lady Vincent become the victims of an elaborate scam that leaves them in dire straits until they conceive of a daring strategy to strike back. After […]

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Conversation with my 11-year old niece

Niece: I like to wear sneakers with dresses. Me: That seems very practical. Niece: Yeah, because then you can run at formal occasions. Me: Oh… I don’t usually run at formal occasions. Niece: I call it taking advantage of my youth.

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Beta-readers wanted for SF short story

This is a 150 word short story. Yes. 150 words. That was the commission and it was harder than a 3000 word story. I need to turn it in today, so if you have a few minutes to read… Just drop your name in the comments on my site (and make sure your email address […]

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