About Mary


Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut duology and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.

Her novel Calculating Stars is one of only eighteen novels to win the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards in a single year.

As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary Robinette 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. She records fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary Robinette lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

Recent Journal Entries

My Favorite Bit: Luanne G. Smith talks about THE VINE WITCH

Luanne G. Smith is joining us today with her novel The Vine Witch. Here’s the publisher’s description: A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy set in turn-of-the-century France. For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help […]

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My Favorite Bit: Ginn Hale talks about MASTER OF RESTLESS SHADOWS

Ginn Hale is joining us today to talk about her novel Master of Restless Shadows. Here’s the publisher’s description: Freshly graduated Master Physician Narsi Lif-Tahm has left his home in Anacleto and journeyed to the imposing royal capitol of Cieloalta intent upon keeping the youthful oath he made to a troubled writer. But in the […]

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Where To Find Mary Robinette in October

Happy October! Here’s where Mary Robinette will be this month: Oct 2nd Patreon Online Writing Class Oct 6th Online No Prep NaNoWriMo Class, tickets available here Oct 7th Patreon Q&A and Writing Date Oct 11th Mary Robinette at Volumes Bookstore – Chicago, Illinois Oct 14th Event with Leigh Bardugo – Nashville, Tennessee Oct 25th-27th Surrey […]

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My Favorite Bit: R J Theodore talks about SALVAGE

R J Theodore is joining us today with her novel Salvage, sequel to Flotsam. Here’s the publisher’s description: Peridot is headed for its second cataclysm. War has broken ancient alliances, sealed borders, and locked down the skies. The Five, Peridot’s alchemist gods, have seen one of their number die and another fall in their efforts […]

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My Favorite Bit: Rebecca Schaeffer talks about ONLY ASHES REMAIN

Rebecca Schaeffer is joining us today to talk about her novel Only Ashes Remain. Here’s the publisher’s description: Dexter meets Victoria Schwab in this dark and compelling fantasy about a girl who seeks revenge on the boy who betrayed her, a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Not Even Bones. After escaping her kidnappers and destroying the black market where […]

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