Borders are much on my mind – as well as the question of who’s allowed through them, when, how, and what they get called once they’re on the other side. Writing fantasy – where I can decant my anger into beings of living flame – is what allows me to approach topics I find otherwise paralysing.
Mur Lafferty is the author of The Shambling Guides series from Orbit, including The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans. She has been a podcaster for over 10 years, running award-winning shows such as I Should Be Writing and novellas published via podcast. She has written for RPGs, video games, and short animation. She lives in Durham, NC where she attends Durham Bulls baseball games and regularly pets two dogs. Her family regrets her Dragon Age addiction and wishes for her to get help. She tweets as @mightymur.
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