Mur Lafferty at Flyleaf Books reads excerpts from Ghost Train to New Orleans, the follow-on to her book, The Shambling Guide to New York City. In the Q&A, she tells stories about her trip to New Orleans in which she confronts frat boys, criticizes tour guides, and samples cough syrup-like liqueurs. She also talks about the fraudster-complex and how to get over it; tells the story of how the Shambling Guides got published; and explains the joke in her books about the ivory-billed woodpecker.
Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2013
“…one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing.” – author/blogger Cory Doctorow via BoingBoing
Mur Lafferty is an author and podcaster. She lives in Durham, NC, with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
- Books: Building her audience since 2006 with podcast-only titles, Mur has written several books and novellas. Her first professionally published book, The Shambling Guides 1: The Shambling Guide to New York City, is in bookstores now. The sequel, The Shambling Guides 2: Ghost Train to New Orleans will be out March 4. She writes urban fantasy, superhero satire, afterlife mythology, and Christmas stories. All of her early works are available via podcast and ebook.
- Podcasts: She has been podcasting since 2004 when she started her essay-focused show, Geek Fu Action Grip. Then she started the award-winning I Should Be Writing in 2005, which is still going today. She was the editor of Escape Pod from 2010-2012, and she currently hosts the Angry Robot Books podcast.
- Nonfiction: Mur has written for several magazines including Knights of the Dinner Table, Anime Insider, and The Escapist.
In January 2014, Mur graduated from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine with an MFA in popular fiction.
Mur was born in Charlotte, NC, and currently lives in Durham, NC with her family. She enjoys running, martial arts, board games, video games, and cooking.