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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 176): Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

In episode 176 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Mary Robinette Kowal.

About Mary:

Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press. Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them.


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Patrick Hester is a writer, blogger, podcasting dude, Denver transplant and all around Functional Nerd. Don't hate him cuz he has a cool hat.

6 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 176): Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

  1. I am imagining the crazy hijinks Patrick, Mary and Cherie could get up to together in Chattanooga.

    Oh, and Mary, +1 for the Bugs Bunny reference. (careful listeners will know it when they hear it 🙂 )

  2. I am planning to begin reading Shades of Milk and Honey to my wife this weekend (because I’ve had this book for far too long and feel ashamed that I haven’t read it yet). Are there spoilers for the series at all on this podcast? I always enjoy listening to Mary and would love to listen to this soon.

    • There is a spoiler of sorts, yes. But I am not sure its really a significant spoiler at all, all things considered. (And the cover of Without a Summer basically DOES make the spoilery point)

      • That is fine. If it is a who gets with who kind of spoiler I am okay with that as this type of book is one you enter into with some expectations of various relationships working out.

        Thank you Paul.

  3. Wonderful interview with Mary. I enjoy the Writing Excuses podcast — a little boggled to hear how it’s recorded — I think you’d get a little punchy after 44 episodes in a row. I’m reading Shades of Milk & Honey right and it’s quite delightful.

    As a longtime Nano participant, there are quite a number of “success” stories that have released books written during crazy November. The two offhand are Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet) and Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus. As Mary added though, it’s usually the editing/rewriting/tearing your hair out afterwards that turns it from the 50K into something publishable.

  4. Finally was able to get around to listening to this. Mid-way through I stopped it and waited to listen to it with my wife because we had recently read and enjoyed Shades of Milk and Honey and are mid-way through Glamour in Glass. Great dialogue between the two of you. Really. Highly entertaining and informative. Enjoyed it very much so thank you both.

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