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I first heard of Mary Robinette Kowal when her debut novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, came out in 2010. It’s a Regency romance set in a world where women are expected to be able to weave magical illusions, as well as play a musical instrument and have a pretty smile, to help win a man. If you enjoy Jane Austen and think adding magic can improve anything, you should definitely check it out.
Shades of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Nebula award, and there are four novels set in the same world currently available, with a fifth one coming soon.
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She also writes short stores, and has had two short stories and a novelette nominated for the Hugo award. She won a Hugo for her story “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, and another this year for “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.” She also does audio fiction recordings and puppetry, which is pretty awesome. She’s posted advice on her website on reading aloud, and I found it super helpful when I was getting ready to do a reading of my own work.
Whose work do you find helpful and inspiring?
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