Author Spotlight: Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire has to be one of the most prolific authors I know of. She writes multiple novels a year. Science fiction, fantasy, comics, you name it. Along with having several active series published under her name, Seanan McGuire also writes under the pen name of Mira Grant. Either bibliography would be impressive…but when one considers that both are by the same person it takes things to a whole new level. As if that wasn’t enough, Seanan McGuire has recently broken into the world of Marvel, having done several one-shots and most recently been given the reins for Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider.
There is a method to the madness when it comes to using two names. All of the fantasy plots are published under Seanan McGuire, as are any comics and graphic novels. Meanwhile, under Mira Grant, you’ll find all of the science fiction, thriller, and horror pieces. McGuire did this in hopes of adding distinction between the two sets of works. It also surely helps with any expectations and biases (most of the time, anyway).
Seanan McGuire is very active on twitter, so if you’re looking for an author that will be upfront and honest with her fandom, then she is the author for you. From funny quips to brutally honest moments about, well, everything, it’s hard not to be a fan of her. Though, if I’m being honest, I have no idea how she manages to put out so many books a year with her level of twitter activity. I certainly would never be able to manage both like that.
Series by Seanan McGuire
October Daye Series
October Daye is a series involving fae and changelings. It does a wonderful job catching the darker elements of the fae, while also showing the struggles the changelings, stuck between the two worlds, have to face. Also, the series has a ton of stories that accompany it. Listed below are just the full novels, for the sake of ease and reducing confusion.
Rosemary and Rue
A Local Habituation
An Artificial Night
One Salt Sea
Ashes of Honor
Chimes at Midnight
The Winter Long
A Red-Rose Chain
Once Broken Faith
The Brightest Fell
Night and Silence
The Unkindest Tide (September 2019)
The Wayward Children series is a wonderfully creative, chilling, and brilliant set of novellas. They’re whimsical, dark, and sometimes heartbreaking. This is probably Seanan McGuire’s most popular series to date.
The series follows a family of cryptozoologists, and yes, they are as wonderful and weird as you may expect. Unlike a lot of series with a focus on a family specialized in dealing with the weird, this family seeks to protect humanity from the things that go bump in the night. And, ideally, to save those very same creatures from humanity. Also, this series has a ton of short stories that accompany it. Listed below are just the full novels, for the sake of ease and reducing confusion.
Midnight Blue-Light Special
Magic for Nothing
Tricks for Free
That Ain’t Witchcraft
Think MIB, but focused on fairy tales and other critters. This series is focused on a group of people whose job is to protect us naive humans from the darker parts of the world.
This series is set in the same world as the InCryptid series. it follows the life…well…unlife of one ghost girl. This girl is known by many names. The Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, The Girl in the Diner, and so on. She died tragically, but her death allowed her the ability to travel along the ghost roads, and it gave us the opportunity to follow her story. There are a few short stories that go along with this series, but they are not listed below.
Sparrow Hill Road
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown
Velveteen vs. Series
This is Seanan McGuire’s first foray into the world of graphic novels. It’s a superhero series, of sorts, but it doesn’t follow any of the usual rules or tropes expected. It’s perfect for anybody looking for a little bit of a change. This series is currently out of print and thus is somewhat difficult to find.
Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots
Velveteen vs. The Multiverse
Velveteen vs. The Seasons
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider
This is the first full Marvel series that Seanan McGuire has been given the reins to. Here the story of Gwen from Earth-65 continues with all-new adventures. Fans of Spider-Gwen’s original series will love it, as well as fans of Seanan McGuire, and hopefully many others. Currently, the series is only out in single-issue format, but the volumes are expected to come out during the year.
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider Vol. 1 (May 2019)
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider Vol. 2 (August 2019)
There are also a ton of single standing novels and novellas from Seanan McGuire. There’s too many to list in full, and many more than I’d like to write descriptions for. Listed below are a few, but go to Goodreads for a fuller listing.
Dusk or Dark of Dawn or Day
Midway Relics and Dying Breeds
Carniepunk: Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea
Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust
Series/Novels by Mira Grant:
Newsflesh is Mira Grant’s take on zombies and the apocalypse. There is a lot more to this story than just the typical zombies taking over the world thing, though. There’s quite a lot of social commentary, as well as some much-needed medical and political insight to make the series feel real. Like a few of Seanan McGuire’s series, this series has several short stories and novellas that go with it. Listed below are just the full novels.
This one is also known as the Forced Evolution series. This is very much a science fiction series. It explores the concept of modern medicine hitting a point where there’s no turning back, where the scientists trying to heal us made something else instead.
Rolling in the Deep
This series is without a doubt one part fantasy, one part science fiction, and one part horror. It’s Mira Grant’s take on mermaids. And no, these mermaids are not the pretty type that will sing about their hopes and dreams. More like the type that will happily devour any human they can ensnare.
Rolling in the Deep
Into the Drowning Deep
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