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

My Favorite Bit: Shaun Barger talks about MAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Shaun Barger is joining us today to talk about his novel Mage Against the Machine. Here’s the publisher’s description: Harry Potter meets The Terminator in this action-packed adventure about a young man who discovers that everything he believed about his world is a lie. The year is 2120. The humans are dead. The mages have retreated from the […]

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My Favorite Bit: Arwen Elys Dayton talks about STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL

Arwen Elys Dayton is joining us today to talk about her book Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Here’s the publisher’s description: For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring the lengths we’ll go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette in December

Happy Holidays! May your December be filled with joy and light. Here’s where to find Mary Robinette this month: December 11 Supporter Q&A and Online Writing Date December 14-16 Online Class: Short Story Intensive Workshop December 30 Supporter Online Class – How to Give a Good Critique   Or find me online here: Patreon • Drip • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram

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My Favorite Bit: Jennifer Lee Rossman talks about JACK JETSTARK’S INTERGALACTIC FREAK SHOW

Jennifer Lee Rossman is joining us today with her novel Jack Jetstark’s Intergalatic Freakshow. Here’s the publisher’s description: Jack Jetstark travels the universe to seek out the descendants of superpowered freaks created long ago by VesCorp scientists. The vibrations encoded in a particular song transform the members of Jack’s crew into a firebreather and an angel, […]

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My Favorite Bit: Martin Österdahl talks about ASK NO MERCY

Martin Österdahl is joining us today with his novel Ask No Mercy. Here’s the publisher’s description: Global intrigue, espionage, and mystery from a thrilling new international voice. Max Anger is a man on the edge. The former fighter in an elite band of special-ops soldiers in Sweden, Anger is haunted by battle scars, a childhood spent […]

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