About Mary

Mary Robinette Kowal Bio

 

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

Recent Journal Entries

Kowal, Mary Robinette – On the subject of my name

I’m named after both grandmothers, Mary Elois Jackson and Virginia Robinette “Robby” Harrison. Growing up, Robby always introduced me as “Mary Robinette” because she was so proud that I was named after her. Everyone on Dad’s side of the family called me that. Hi. Did I mention that we’re Southern? I loved it. I loved […]

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My Favorite Bit: Cesar Torres talks about 9 LORDS OF NIGHT

Cesar Torres is joining us today to talk about his novel 9 Lords of Night. Here’s the publisher’s description: Manhattan is about to be slammed by a Nor’easter in October, and just as the snow begins to fall, a killer begins his hunt. He writes symbols on his victims and removes their hearts. He quickly earns […]

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My Favorite Bit: Nancy Kress talks about TERRAN TOMORROW

Nancy Kress is joining us today with her novel Terran Tomorrow. Here’s the publisher’s description: Nancy Kress returns with Terran Tomorrow, the final book in the thrilling hard science fiction trilogy based on the Nebula Award–winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. The diplomatic mission from Earth to World ended in disaster, as the Earth scientists discovered that the Worlders were […]

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My Favorite Bit: Alexandra Rowland talks about A CONSPIRACY OF TRUTHS

Alexandra Rowland is joining us today with her debut novel A Conspiracy of Truths. Here’s the publisher’s description: A wrongfully imprisoned storyteller spins stories from his jail cell that just might have the power to save him—and take down his jailers too.  Arrested on accusations of witchcraft and treason, Chant finds himself trapped in a […]

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Practical Etiquette for the Modern Man – 1964

I collect etiquette books and ran across this little gem recently. What is one of the most common errors people make when speaking to a writer? The woman who goes up to a writer at a cocktail party and tells him how she has always wanted to write but just hasn’t had the time, as […]

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