I am Catherynne Valente, NYT Bestselling Fantasy and Science Fiction Author AMA!
My short bio: Hello Reddit! I'm Cat Valente, F/SF author of many books and short stories for adults and children, including the Fairyland series, the third volume of which, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon In Two, came out on October 1st.
I've been a full time writer for nine years now. My novels for adults include Deathless, Palimpsest, The Orphan's Tales series, Silently and Very Fast, Six Gun Snow White, and The Habitation of the Blessed. I've won the Hugo, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Lambda, Andre Norton, and Locus Awards and been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards as well.
In short: I write dark, thorny, literary fantasy rooted in myth, folklore, and fairy tales, and darker science fiction, some of which you can give to your kids and some of which you can't.
I'm also a longtime Redditor (not under this username, sorry!) so I'm super excited to finally get to do an AMA! Please feel free to fire away on any topic, whether related to my books or out of left field. The first book in the Fairyland series, The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, started as a serial novel posted on my website and made the long journey to traditional publication--and I'm happy to talk about changing trends in Bookworld and my experiences in both independent publishing and with presses big and small. I've done it all.
I also have too many animals, (in fact, my most recent cat, a Maine Coon named Lord Byron, arrived a year ago today), am an avid gamer, and live on a small island off the coast of Maine--and yes, it's haunted. I write my novels in an off-season umbrella museum, I sail, cook like a fiend, knit, spin yarn, play the accordion incredibly poorly, travel constantly, blog, have a degree in Classics that I use nearly every day, have lost 100 pounds in the last two years, and am typing all this in the midst of a maelstrom of Halloween planning and decorating. So many pumpkins. So many.
All of these things and anything else you can think of is fair game. I'll answer questions from 3-5pm EST. Happy Halloween!
EDIT: Ok, that's all, folks! Thank you so much for all the questions, this was awesomely fun. Until next time, Gadget!