Interviews

Mary Robinette is one of the hosts of the Hugo-award-winning podcast Writing Excuses. Listen to her talk about writing, her process, and her advice here.

If you are interested in her process, taking monthly writing classes, or just want to support her in her creative endeavors, find Mary Robinette on Drip and Patreon.

2018

Write-Minded podcast – Changing the World by Writing Alternate Histories (and Prepping for NaNoWriMo) (audio)

with Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner

OCT 2018

How Mary Robinette choses what historical period to write in, how to be fearless, make an outline work for you, writing in different mediums, favorite puppet personas (with voices), what a rocket launch is like. 

 

The Arts STL – Mars and Martinis with Mary Robinette Kowal

with Jenny Noga Davinroy

SEP 2018

Research Mary Robinette loved, writing Mad Libs style, writing and puppetry, The Lady Astronaut novels

 

The Verge – Return to an Alternate History Space Race with Two New Lady Astronaut Novels

with Andrew Liptak

SEP 2018

Announcing two new Lady Astronaut novels, The Relentless Moon, The Derivative Base, writing in history, “The Phobos Experience” short story

 

SYFY Fangrrls

with Swapa Krishna

SEP 2018

Lady Astronaut novels, Parker Solar Probe launch, NASA, using experts 

 

Ask Me Anything on Reddit

on r/books

AUG 2018

Lady Astronaut novels, lots of writing advice, narrating for audiobooks, 

 

Stuff You Missed In History Class (audio)

with Tracy V. Wilson

AUG 2018

Mary Robinette’s research process, narrating historical books, changes in the timeline, Rise of the Rocket Girls, Mercury 13, Jackie Cochran, Mildred Hemmons Carter, Miltown and anxiety drugs

Happily Ever After with USA Today

with Veronica Scott

AUG 2018

Influences for Lady Astronaut novels, pets, Elma and Nathaniel interview each other

Den of Geek Book Club – audio

with Kayti Burt

JULY 2018

Building the Lady Astronaut novels out of a novelette, axes of power, Lady Astronaut reading order, importance of Southern woman as mathematician, Doctor Who cameos

 

Writing Excuses Project in Depth – audio

with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Kjell Lindgren

JULY 2018

Writing The Calculating Stars, astronaut as beta reader

 

Mary Robinette Kowal and Robyn Bennis on Anxiety, Representation, and Fearless Women

on Bookish.com

JULY 2018

The Calculating Stars, By Fire Above, anxiety, writing relationships and sex, researching little details

 

The Functional Nerd Podcast #371 – audio

with Patrick Hester and John Anealio

JULY 2018

Blurbs, The Lady Astronaut novels, the beginning of the space program, astronaut ad-libs, publishing a duology

 

Breaking the Glass Slipper – 5 Questions

by Megan Leigh

JULY 2018

The Lady Astronaut novels, women-centered fiction, writing Science Fiction vs Fantasy

 

B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

with Alasdair Stuart

JULY 2018

The Lady Astronaut novels, their original structure, writing historically, writing Dr. Elma York

 

The Author Stories Podcast (audio)

with Hank Garner

JULY 2018

In-depth: how Mary Robinette started writing, puppetry + writing, short stories vs novels, The Glamourist Histories, The Lady Astronaut novels, what Mary Robinette wants you to take away from them

 

Uncanny Magazine Podcast (audio, starts 34:24)

with Lynne M. Thomas

JULY 2018

“Nails In My Feet”, research, historical scifi vs historical fantasy, The Lady Astronaut universe

Scalzi’s The Big Idea 

by Mary Robinette Kowal

JULY 2018

The ideas behind The Calculating Stars

 

Ink Feather Podcast (audio)

with Lauren Zurchin

JULY 2018

Being a professional freelancer, structured procrastination, audiobook recording, The Calculating Stars, book recommendations

 

Tor.com – Five Really Cool Things I Learned at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab

by Mary Robinette Kowal

JULY 2018

NASA, Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Astronauts, general squeeing over amazing SCIENCE

 

Rocket Fuel: Cooking the Books (audio included)

with Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard

JUNE 2018

The Lady Astronaut novels, rocket innuendo, food as narrative, recipes for pound cake and chess pie, the food at NASA and in space

 

Tor/Forge Blog – The Responsibility of Narratives

by Mary Robinette Kowal

JUNE 2018

The Lady Astronaut novels, Hidden Figures, narratives and gender

 

Strange Horizons

with Vanessa Rose Phin

MAY 2018

The Lady Astronaut novels, space, representation, SFF community

 

Q on CBC Radio (audio)

produced by Elaine Chau

MARCH 2018

A Wrinkle in Time

 

Guest of Honor Interview at Boskone

with Cady Coleman

FEBRUARY 2018

Puppets, the Lady Astronaut books, finding the stories that have been erased, reclaiming history

 

Storypunks Podcast ep. 8 (audio) (video) (show notes)

with Cindy Grigg

FEBRUARY 2018

Manners as technology/social engineering, the Lady Astronaut books, worldbuilding, diversity, story creation, a tour of Mary Robinette’s typewriters and the story of the Qwerty keyboard

 

NPR – The Influence of Ursula K. Le Guin (audio)

with Petra Mayer

JANUARY 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin’s influence

 

NPR – Ursula Le Guin, Whose Novels Plucked Truth from High Fantasy, Dies at 88

with Colin Dwyer

JANUARY 2018

Memories of Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Fantasy & Science Fiction

with Stephen M

JANUARY 2018

A Feather in Her Cap

 

2017

GeekDad’s Great Big Beautiful Podcast ep 144 (audio)

with Jamie Green and Shiri Sondheimer

SEPTEMBER 2017

Ghost Talkers, Shades of Milk and Honey, Puppeteering, Regency Era

 

Uncanny Magazine

with Julia Rios

AUGUST 2017

“The Worshipful Society of Glovers”

 

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Familiar & the Strange

excerpt from Locus Magazine

JANUARY 2017

Ghost Talkers, WWI, women in history, the Lady Astronaut novels, audiobook narration styles

 

2016

Sci-fi Fantasy Network (audio and print)

with Joel Cornah

NOVEMBER 2016

Finding a gateway into reading SFF, puppetry and writing, writing process, short stories, The Glamourist Histories, diversity, the cycle of bookselling

 

Unbound Worlds

with Shawn Speakman

AUGUST 2016

Ghost Talkers, writing within known history, narrating her own books

 

Silly Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal, Intermittently Teal Storyteller

with Rachel Swirsky

MAY 2016

Short stories, puppeteering, sewing, Jane Austen, Ghost Talkers as an animal

 

2014

Lightspeed Magazine #52

with David Barr Kirtley

SEPTEMBER 2014

Valour and Vanity, The Glamorist Histories, Lord Byron, impersonating famous people

 

 

2013

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

with Carrie S

JUNE 2013

In depth about The Glamourist Histories, Jane Austen and Regency, Doctor Who cameos, romance, procrastinating effectively, favorite authors

 

Artificial Intelligence and You w/Mary Robinette Kowal (audio)

The Skiffy and Fanty Show Podcast, ep 146

MAY 2013

Artificial Intelligence, Pre-Victorian examples of AI, Without a Summer

 

Ask Me Anything

on Reddit r/fantasy

APRIL 2013

Puppeteering, writing tips, Writing Excuses, The Glamourist Histories, creativity, general silliness

 

The Mad Scientists Guide to World Domination

with John Joseph Adams

JANUARY 2013

We Interrupt This Broadcast

 

2012

Apex Magazine

with Maggie Slater

OCTOBER 2012

Weaving Dreams, Mary Robinette’s many talents and interests, reading your own work

 

A Conversation with Patrick Rothfuss

with Patrick Rothfuss

APRIL 2012

Glamour in Glass, writing in historical eras, writing with an outline, random delightfulness

 

2011

Fantasy Magazine

with Catherine Bollinger

2011

Novels vs Short Stories, Shades of Milk and Honey, writing 

 

2010

Amazon Book Review: Quick Three Interview

with Jeff VanderMeer

SEPTEMBER 2019

Shades of Milk and Honey as a meal, a piece of music, and an animal

 

WIRED

with Jenny Williams

JULY 2010

Shades of Milk and Honey, Lazytown, Puppeteering, SFWA, creativity

 

2009

Locus Magazine

AUGUST 2009

Puppeteering, Lazytown, art background, Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass

 

2008

Subterranean Press

with Alethea Kontis

NOVEMBER 2008

Random delightfulness, props and set design, books on Mary Robinette’s nightstand

 

Bibliophile Stalker

with Charles Tan

OCTOBER 2008

Puppeteering and writing overlap, art major, Campbell award, narration

 

Dogslandia

with JM McDermott

MAY 2008

Puppeteering, video of Mary Robinette with a puppet

 

Mind Meld

SF Signal

APRIL 2008

Short fiction market

 

2007

Strange Horizons Podcast (audio)

with Susan Marie Groppi

SEPTEMBER 2007

Very in-depth on puppeteering, love for editing process, making the Coraline puppet and puppets in general, audiobooks

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