Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid book series.

Author Bio Edit

From the author's website:

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

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Awards Edit

McGuire was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. This award was announced at Aussiecon 4 on September 5, 2010.[1] As this award is in the form of a tiara and the award was presented in Australia, McGuire has blogged that this makes her "Officially the Princess of the Kingdom of Poison and Flame".[2]

In 2010, McGuire's novel Feed (written under the pseudonym Mira Grant) ranked #74 in an National Public Radio listener poll of the top 100 Thriller novels of all time.[3] Feed was also selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010.[4] It was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award, as well as the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[5] Its sequel, Deadline, was also nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The stand-alone Newsflesh story Countdown was nominated for the 2012 Best Novella Hugo. Her filk album Wicked Girls was nominated for the 2012 Best Related Work Hugo. The SF Squeecast, a podcast to which she contributes, won the 2012 Hugo for best fancast.[6]

McGuire was the 2012 inductee into the 2012 Darrell Awards Hall of Fame for her contributions to Mid-south science fiction.[7]

SF Squeecast won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Fancast, its second Hugo. Blackout received a 2013 Hugo nomination for Best Novel. In addition, McGuire received three other nominations (a record five nominations in a single year): best novella (as Grant) and twice for best novelette (both as McGuire).[8]

References Edit

  1. John W. Campbell Award / Hugo Awards
  3. Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers'
  4. Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2010
  5. Renovation Hugo nominee announcement
  6. "2012 Hugo Awards"
  7. The Darrell Awards
  8. Flood, Alison (31 March 2013). "Seanan McGuire gets record five nominations for Hugo awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

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