‘Feed’ is about zombies and politics and blogging. It’s about how George Romero actually saved the world! It’s ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ meets ‘The West Wing.’
‘Filk’ is the folk music of the science fiction and fantasy community – you get parodies, you get traditional music that’s had the words slightly modified, and you’ll also get just original works that have been written about science fiction and fantasy works, or with science fiction and fantasy themes.
‘Mira Grant’ is actually my pseudonym. And ‘Seanan’ is pronounced ‘SHAWN-in.’
‘Seanan McGuire’ is my real name; if I’m being silly and third-person about it, she’s a frequently cranky, foul-mouthed Disney Princess on vacation in the real world, where she studies diseases, cuddles reptiles, watches lots of horror movies, and goes to as many corn fields as possible.
A lot of people have read the Mira Grant books who are not urban fantasy readers, and they would never have picked up a book with an urban fantasist’s name on the cover, but then they go on to read my urban fantasy and like it.
By the time ‘Buffy’ finished its Bay Area theatrical run – including a two-month stint at the dollar theater – I had seen the movie well over three dozen times. I was in love.
I am a zombie fan, but all of the zombie stories I’ve enjoyed started when the dead rose and ended three days later with everybody looking exhausted. I was thinking, ‘What happens in 20 years?’
I do a lot of urban fantasy, which is modern-day cities, but you’ve got magic, you’ve got fairies running around, or cryptozoological creatures running around, and I’m pulling very heavily on my background as a folklore major and having done some animation work and all of that, and I’m pulling from the modern fairy tale narrative.
I eventually grew into a pre-teen Marilyn Munster, that being the only option I could find that allowed for a) blonde hair, b) a fondness for frilly pink things and wearing ribbons in your hair, and c) hanging out with monsters.
I found ‘Bordertown’ when I was standing on the border between childhood and my teens, and it carried me past that transition. In the process, it helped to create the next step of its own evolution: the modern urban fantasy owes a lot more to ‘Bordertown’ than many people will ever know.
I grew up in an apartment that would have made a trailer look really decadent and nice. Pretty much the only dependable thing I had was books.
I have an aunt who believed strongly that teaching kids that Shakespeare is ‘hard’ is wrong, so she handed me ‘Hamlet’ when I was in kindergarten to see what would happen. What happened was I did a book report on ‘Hamlet’ and caused quite a lot of trouble!
I was that kid with the glasses and the hungry expression who haunted every library book sale and used bookstore in town: the one who always has a book in one hand and is reaching for the next book with the other. There’s one in every town.
I write everywhere. I’ve written books while I was on planes, at Disney World, and in multiple countries of which I am not a native. It can be a struggle to make word count sometimes, but I will persevere!
I’m always depressed when a book ends, because those are my friends for however long the book takes to write. Since I spend so many hours with these fictional people, I sometimes see them more than my real friends. And then they’re gone, and we’ll never be together like that again.
If ‘Buffy’ the movie was the true love of my childhood, ‘Buffy’ the series quickly became the true love of my teenage years. It was everything I’d ever wanted in a show and more. ‘Buffy’ quickly became an obsession, and, shortly thereafter, became my gateway into an incredible, insane, indescribably wonderful new world: shared media fandom.
The first thing that matters: I am a child of the eighties. I grew up in a neon wonderland of talking horses, compassionate bears, hair that didn’t move in a stiff wind, and the constant threat of nuclear war.
There is a list of things I’m not allowed to discuss at the dinner table! I am extraordinarily passionate about the Black Death, which is not something most people are into.
Watching ‘Doctor Who’ in the United States meant I was always behind the times – PBS didn’t get new episodes until two years after they ran, and I was aware of the show’s cancellation before the characters themselves knew, at least in my corner of the world.
When I was first writing ‘Feed’ – which was the first book I published as Mira – I talked about it very openly on my blog, on Twitter, that I was writing this book, and it wasn’t until after it was sold that I said ‘Mira Grant’ wrote this book. And the reason there was really purely marketing-based.
When I was getting ready for the release of ‘Deadline,’ when it was coming out soon, I decided that the appropriate way to get people excited about the book would be to write a novella in 30 pieces and publish a piece on my blog every day for a month… during a convention, a week-and-a-half-long trip to New York, and a doll traders’ expo.