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 came 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.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for your concise, insightful commentary on this year’s elections. I’m voting absentee ballot and found that I really don’t know much about lower ballot candidates. I’m pretty old and enjoy running across younger people who are bright and articulate, whether in person or through websites like your own.
    Thanks for mentioning some of my favorite journalists. I once lived in Chicago and hadn’t thought of Royko in years.
    I wish I could say I am familiar with
    your books, but I will look forward to reading some. Reading has been one of my passions most of my life. Thanks again and rock on.

  2. Thank you so much for your write-up. And based on your comment about not crossing the river because of vampirism, I will definitely read your science fiction.

  3. Thank you for your analysis of this Judicial contest. You made some points that helped me, and I also think Greg Egan sounds like a good bet. From what I’ve heard the public defender’s job requires an idealist, is low pay and often thankless. And all of his pro bono stuff is impressive, unless you assume that he’s been preparing to run for some kind of office for years by donating his talents.

    BTW, while I am not an SF fan in general, my older brother was Thomas M Disch, and he attained a certain amount of fame as one of the early New Wave SF writers in the 60’s and beyond. I have a lot of his books ( remainders ), and I know that very few people want books anymore, but if you know and like his writing I would be happy to give you some of them.

    Regards, Jeff Disch, St.Paul

    • I love Tom Disch. I took a class from him that he taught at the Loft in Minneapolis many years ago. He was a very good writer and a fantastic encouraging coach. Unfortunately, I lacked self-confidence and initiative. I did not follow through and only returned to writing near retirement. Finally got something published, in the St Paul Almanac last year. I would love any books that Naomi does not ask for. I read many of his stories many years ago.

  4. So proud of you, Naomi!

    I love science fiction and have greatly enjoyed your work. This is from David Cunningham’s mother – your elementary school friend.

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