Friday, April 07, 2017

Fantasy & horror author Seanan McGuire to visit NZ

Californian urban fantasy and horror author Seanan McGuire is thrilled to discover she’s a finalist in two categories of the recently announced Hugo Awards.
I'm always excited. I don't think I've ever been nominated for something and taken it calmly but this is just such an enormous honour,” she says.

The Hugos are presented annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements over the previous year. McGuire’s October Daye series (DAW/Corsair) is a finalist for best series and her novella Every Heart a Doorway ( is listed in the best novella category.

“This year I'm nominated for something that's been very well received, critically speaking, the novella Every Heart a Doorway", says McGuire. “And for what is, functionally, an eight year body of work that really shows how I have grown and matured as an author.  For me, it's the best of all possible worlds, and I am touched beyond expression.”

The October Daye novels take their titles from Shakespeare plays, with the first Rosemary and Rue from A Winter’s Tale. McGuire says the premise behind the series is that all the fairy tales are true; we just got the details wrong.

“October Daye –‘Toby’ to her friends, and to anyone who doesn't want to get hit -is very aware of the reality of Faerie and the nature of its relationship to the human world,” she says.  “She's a changeling: half-human, half-fae, and trying desperately to find the balance between the two. Preferably without getting herself killed in the process.”

McGuire also writes the quirky and sometimes laugh out loud funny InCryptid urban fantasies and the zombie thriller Newsflesh novels (under the pseudonym Mira Grant).

Winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010 and she’s a New York Times bestselling author.

With her first visit to New Zealand coming up in June as Guest of Honour at LexiCon, the 38th National Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, Seanan McGuire is looking forward to meeting some of the kiwi locals. Particularly the creepy-crawly kind.

“I very much want to find a weta, so I can have a ‘weta crawling up my face’ story,” she says. “I like all bugs.”

Find out more:

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday Weekend). or visit or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

The Hugo Awards winners will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 August.

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