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 ROOT OF UNITY

SL Huang is joining us today with her novel Root of Unity. Here’s the publisher’s description: Back for book three . . . Cas Russell has always used her superpowered mathematical skills to dodge snipers or take down enemies. Oh, yeah, and make as much money as possible on whatever unsavory gigs people will hire […]

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My Favorite Bit: Kameron Hurley talks about EMPIRE ASCENDANT

Kameron Hurley is joining us today with her novel Empire Ascendant. Here’s the publisher’s description: Loyalties are tested when worlds collide… Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent […]

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Twitter seems to have blocked some of my followers at random.

If you can’t figure out why I blocked you on Twitter, I probably didn’t. I have no idea how or why, but a bunch of people — including actual IRL friends — wound up on the blocked list on my Twitter account. Why don’t I just unblock everyone? Because some of the blocks are totally legit […]

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My Favorite Bit: Minerva Zimmerman talks about TAKE ON ME

Minerva Zimmerman is joining us today with her novel Take On Me. Here’s the publisher’s description: Turning someone you don’t know into a vampire probably violates the Hippocratic oath. But Alex wasn’t really thinking about that when he found a girl bleeding out in his shower. Being turned into a vampire isn’t as cool as it […]

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