I am a science fiction and fantasy writer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ve been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. My short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the 2016 Hugo and Locus Awards and was nominated for the Nebula Award. My book CATFISHING ON CATNET will be coming out on November 19th, 2019 from Tor Teen, and you can see the cover and read an excerpt here.
Here are ten random facts about me:
1. At various points during my life I have played the piano, the guitar, and the violin, although I will not claim to have ever played any of them well.
2. I’ve been online since approximately the stone age; I dialed up to post on local BBS’s in 1990, when I was in high school, and I used a dial-up chat line called the Beeline.
3. I first submitted a story to an editor when I was 15. It was a fantasy story, I submitted it to Marion Zimmer Bradley for one of the Sword and Sorceress anthologies, and she rejected it.
4. I read copious quantities of non-fiction. One of my favorite sorts of book is what I call the “occupational memoir,” where someone with an unusual or interesting job tells me all about what it’s like to work as a tax auditor / emergency room nurse / Hollywood chicken wrangler / whatever.
5. I’ve lived abroad twice. When I was 13, my family spent a year living in London, and I attended school there. (My parents are academics, and my father was on a research sabbatical.) When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester in a study-abroad program in Nepal. I highly recommend spending a semester (or more) abroad; it’s incredibly educational.
6. I have never dieted.
7. I blog about Minneapolis elections, particularly down-ticket races that you probably didn’t know were going to be on the ballot until you walked in to vote, like Soil & Water Commissioner. I’ve been disconcerted a few times recently to be recognized not for my SF/F writing but for my political blogging.
8. Then again, I was a huge fan of political columns from a young age. We got the Chicago Tribune when I was a kid (growing up in Madison) and I obsessively read Mike Royko, Bob Greene, and Anna Quindlen. It’s probably just as well I didn’t go into journalism, though, considering what happened to the papers.
9. I still get a daily paper. (The Star Tribune.) I am not sure I know anyone else my age who does, but I like reading it while I eat breakfast, and so do my daughters.
10. I make my own pie crust, and excellent pie.