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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn isn’t just a Wild Cards author. She’s also a fan, almost from the very beginning. The Wild Cards series helped get her through high school. She still has the letter George R. R. Martin wrote to her in reply to her fan mail back in 1993.

These days, Carrie is best known for her New York Times–bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty Norville, who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. The fourteenth installment of the Kitty Norville series, Kitty Saves the World, was published in 2015 by Tor Books.

Carrie’s recent books include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, and its sequel The Wild Dead, both from John Joseph Adams Books. She’s written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of a hundred short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Lightspeed Magazine, and, and in numerous anthologies and “year’s best” lists. 

Carrie’s involvement in Wild Cards began with her high school love for the series. It kicked into high gear when she met George R. R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass, and other Wild Cards authors at an Albuquerque Bubonicon in the early 2000s. By the time a few more Bubonicons had passed, she was an official member of the Wild Cards world. You can read more about Carrie’s Wild Cards origin story in this Q&A—also a great place to find out about her writing habits, hobbies, and advice for other writers.

Carrie’s stories “That Game We Played During the War” and “Amaryllis” were finalists for the Hugo Award. She’s won the WSFA Small Press Award (“Amaryllis”), Philip K. Dick Award (Bannerless), RT Reviewer Choice Award (Kitty and the Midnight Hour), and Colorado Book Award for Genre Fiction (Amaryllis and Other Stories). Carrie earned her B.A. from Occidental College and a master’s in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned as a writer-in-residence in 2009. 

An Air Force brat, Carrie survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with a fluffy attack dog.

Stories by Carrie Vaughn

Long is the Way
The Thing About Growing up in Jokertown
Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza
Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan

Essays by Carrie Vaughn

“Guys guys guys I got this idea…”
A Wild Cards Fangirl Writes for Wildcards
The Convention Scene
My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)
My Top Five Unanswered Questions in the Wild Cards World
Remaking the Past: Research for Writing Alternate History
That Time My Brother and I Did Wild Cards Cosplay but Couldn’t Leave the House
Wild Cards: The Soundtrack
 For Superheroes in Prose

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