Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.
Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.
In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music. She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.
Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.
Seanan 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.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Multiverse 2019 - October 18-20, 2019 in Atlanta, GA
- Phoenix Fan Fusion 2019 - May 23-26, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ
- Emerald City Comic Con 2019 - March 14-17, 2019 in Seattle, WA
- Capricon 2019 - February 14-17, 2019 in Wheeling, IL
- MarsCon 2019 - January 18-20, 2019 in Williamsburg, VA 2018
- Loscon 2018 - November 23-25, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
- OryCon 2018 - November 9-11, 2018 in Portland, OR
- Jet City Comic Show 2018 - November 3-4, 2018 in Tacoma, WA
- Archon 2018 - October 12-14, 2018 in Collinsville, IL
- New York Comic Con 2018 - October 4-7, 2018 in New York, NY
- ConCarolinas 2018 - June 1-3, 2018 in Charlotte, NC
- Comicpalooza 2018 - May 25-27, 2018 in Houston, TX
- Cleveland ConCoction 2018 - March 9-11, 2018 in Aurora, OH 2017
- ChamBanaCon 2017 - November 24-26, 2017 in Normal, IL
- Philcon 2017 - November 10-12, 2017 in Cherry Hill, NJ
- Another Anime Convention 2017 - October 13-15, 2017 in Manchester, NH
16 confirmed guest appearances