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.

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Recipe: Cardamom & Ginger apple pie with a butter Grand Marnier crust

Mmm… pie. I tried a cardomom pie recipe the other day and the cardamom just overwhelmed the apples, but I liked the idea of it. So… here’s my tweak to add a little wintery spice to an apple pie. Makes 2 crusts 12 ounces bleached all-purpose flour (2.5 cups)1 teaspoon salt2 teaspoon sugar1 cup butter, frozen and then grated1/2 […]

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NaNoWriMo Winner! GHOST TALKERS = 50,118 words (and counting)

I just crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line, which is not the same thing as having a completed novel. I have the first 50,118 words of a novel with another 30k or so to go. This is the point at which I will take stock of what I’ve written thus far. This is not necessarily an […]

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