Coming Up: Talking Mannerpunk With Author Mary Robinette Kowal

Storypunks interviewed author Mary Robinette Kowal, and we’re now working on editing and publishing the episode!

Here’s a list of questions Cindy Grigg asked, so be sure to check back later for the full interview, or consider signing up for our community using the form below–that way you’ll get an email message that the episode is available.

  • In this show, we discuss “the punks”, and today we’re focusing on mannerpunk. I’ve seen your Glamourist Histories shelved as mannerpunk on sites like Goodreads. Since everyone defines mannerpunk a little bit differently, what’s your take on it?
  • And do you consider Ghost Talkers dieselpunk?
  • At the end of this month, November 2017, you are teaching a course called Methods of Worldbuilding. How have you approached worldbuilding when writing about real-world or historical settings?
  • I’d love to hear more about a wonderful tweet pinned to the top of your Twitter feed. It reads: “It’s not about adding diversity for the sake of diversity, it’s about subtracting homogeneity for the sake of realism.” What would you say to those who might counter that certain societies or story settings are or were homogeneous, and that subtracting that homogeneity therefore makes things less realistic?
  • From puppetry to print books to audiobook narrations, your storytelling crosses many forms. How do story generation and story performance co-exist in your creative life? Does this pairing flow naturally for you, or does it take some internal management?
  • I once heard that Henry James could only create to the sound of a Remington typewriter. Since you are a typewriter collector, which gets your vote for the most beautiful sounding typewriter, or would you base your favorite on other criteria?
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