Seanan McGuire is an American fantasy writer and filksinger
. She also writes under the name of Mira Grant, depending on what genre she's working in.
She is the current record holder of the most Hugo Award nominations in a single year, with five in 2013, winning one. Her Toby Daye series has made her a New York Times Bestselling Author as well.
Works with their own pages:
- Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
- Writing as Mira Grant:
Tropes in her other works:
- Black Dude Dies First: in her horror novella' Final Girls the unnamed black technician is the first to die. But this story is very much about the rules by which horror movies operate, so it's almost a low key lampshade as used.
- Creator In-Joke: There are several that appear in multiple books.
- The poem "Mairzy Doats" appears in both the October Daye and Newsflesh books.
- Being betrayed to the bad guys by a pair of shoes likewise appears in both sets of books.
- The creepy children's book in Parasitology shares several lines with her filk about Silent Hill.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much the protagonist of any of her stories except for Parasite.
- InCryptid has Verity (Antimony as well. Alexander can bring the snark from time to time but on the whole he's much more prone to dry academic humor).
- Indexing's is Henry.
- Newsflesh's is George, though the entire cast could qualify.
- Ghost Stories has Rose.
- October Daye has Toby, the Luidaeg, and several others
- Velveteen Vs has Velma.
- Final Girls has Esther.
- Gender-Blender Name: A number of her heroines go by masculine-sounding diminutives.
- October "Toby" Daye
- Georgia "George" Mason
- Henrietta "Henry" Marchen
- Jack and Kade from Every Heart A Doorway. Jack is short for Jacqueline. Kade is gender flip of Katie, because he is a trans boy.
- One of Us: She's quite familiar with this site, made clear from her intro to the story "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell" in the collection Rise. She describes a character as "a manic pixie nightmare girl...part deconstruction of the trope and part broken bird".
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts and what they can do vary by the book unless it's a shared 'verse. The ghosts in DODODOD are different than those from the InCryptid books.
- Shout-Out: The author is an unabashed fan of Stephen King, and mentions other pop culture she's fond of as it comes up.
- Teens Are Monsters:
- Every Heart A Doorway: whether the teens are monstrous because they're teens or because they're no longer accustomed to reality as we know it is left to the reader.
- Final Girls: Daphne and her clique of popular kids are bullies who take it to the point of violence.
- Tuckerization: The author likes to toss in her good friends, but also has sold Tuckerization appearances in her books for charity.