In this episode, Charlotte interviews the prolific writer Seanan McGuire (also known as Mira Grant) about her writing process, inclusive characters, Maine Coons, filk (folk music of science fiction and fantasy), and more.

Focusing on three recent publications that Charlotte has particularly enjoyed – Every Heart a Doorway (winner of the 2017 Nebula for best novella)Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, and Down Among the Sticks and Bones – the interview delves Seanan’s creative process. What elements of her writing are planned and what happen more organically? Do characters or the situation develop first? How does she remain so prolific and maintain fresh, original ideas? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!

Mentioned in this episode:

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Creepy and Eerie magazines published by Warren Publishing
  • Vampirella

Seanan’s back catalogue is extensive. If you want to look into her full bibliography, head over to her website for a breakdown.

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira, check out

She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.