Author Profile: Mary Robinette Kowal

by Johnathon Froman

Mary Robinette Kowal is a writer of many talents, including professional puppeteering and voice acting as well as her highly regarded writing skills. Kowal is the winner of numerous awards such as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2008 and three Hugo awards.

Born in North Carolina in 1969, she went on to graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in Art History as well as a minor in Theater. After university she began her career as a professional puppeteer where she would eventually earn two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, one of the greatest achievements an American puppeteer could reach.

Some of Kowal’s most notable works are her vast wealth of short stories, including For Want of a Nail and Evil Robot Monkey which won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2009.

Today, Kowal lives in Chicago and co-hosts along with fellow authors Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Taylor in their podcast Writing Excuses, of which she joined at the start of the podcast’s sixth season after several warmly welcomed guest appearances in previous seasons.

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