I'm a writer, puppeteer, and audiobook narrator. And I love process. If you offer me a choice of watching a finished play or seeing a rehearsal, I will almost always choose the rehearsal because the choices that people make -- the potentials -- those are endlessly interesting to me.
When I was in college, I was in a production of Little Shop of Horrors, as the giant man-eating plant. A professional puppeteer came to see the show. Until that moment, I hadn't known that it was a job.
She invited me to hang out at her workshop and I wound up interning. That peeling back of the curtain let me understand that this art was attainable.
That's what I want to do with you. I want to peel back the curtain on my process, with all three of my careers. You'll get to see drafts of fiction, audiobook bloopers, and get to ask questions of a puppet.
So who is Mary Robinette Kowal?
Here's where I do ye olde resume drop.
I'm the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the forthcoming Lady Astronaut novels. I've received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. My stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies. Oh, and I have short story collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.
As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), I've performed for Sesame Street, LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. My designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.
I narrate audiobooks for authors such as Neal Stephenson, Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.
I live in Chicago with my husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.
For fun, I make costumes and pie. Not at the same time.