Seanan McGuire is a talented urban fantasy author who draws heavily on her background as a folklorist to create rich, contemporary fantasy worlds. And she doesn’t stop there. She also writes science fiction under the name Mira Grant. Her first Mira Grant book was nominated for a Hugo Award this year, which she came darn close to winning!
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Author website: Seanan McGuire | Mira Grant
This show’s music: “Evil Laugh” by Seanan McGuire on the album Stars Fall Home (no longer “in print”)
Additional book plug: That Day in September by Artie Van Why
We start the interview talking about Seanan’s October Daye series, which is urban fantasy with a touch of other genres – noir, closed door mysteries, etc. Seanan talks about the challenges of modernizing folklore while remaining respectful of their origins. She pulls primarily from British Isles folklore with Oberon, Mab, and Titania at the core. She includes numerous other mythologies, but they must work within the Fae world established in Toby’s world.
One of Seanan’s primary references is KM Briggs – Briggs Encyclopedia of Fairy, and she recently acquired Briggs’ four volume Folk Tales and Folk Legends of Britain. Simeon mentions Briggs children’s book Hobberdy Dick as an example of the author’s writing ability.
Seanan won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which is presented at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon).
Seanan’s new book, One Salt Sea, is on September 6, 2011.
Seanan publishes science fiction under the name Mira Grant. Her first book from the Newsflesh series earned her a Hugo Award nomination.
The author discusses why she publishers her science fiction under a pseudonym, and the advantages it provides, particularly in the areas of branding her very different series and in setting expectations for readers.
During the interview, we discussed the cover art on both series. The October Daye covers are designed by Christian McGrath, who also designs covers for The Dresden Files series. The Newsfeed covers are designed by Lauren Panepinto of Orbit.
Additional authors Seanan/Mira mentions include James Tiptree, Anne McCaffrey, Diana Wynne Jones and Ian McDonald. Seanan recently read Snow by Ronald Malfi, and puts it in the same category as Harry [Adam] Knight, author of Carnosaur and The Fungus.
The third book in the Newsfeed series is due out in May 2012, and it strongly features the letter “E.”
Additionally, Seanan has a new series coming out in March 2012. InCryptid features a family of cryptozooligists and is described as a combination of Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter and Van Helsing.