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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Taking risks, making strides

“If you sell yourself short before you even start, you'll never know how far you could have gone. Ambition is a wonderful thing and has gotten me farther than I ever thought I'd go.” – Carrie Vaughn

Born into a military family on this date in 1973, Vaughan is both a novelist and short story writer, author of the YA “Kitty Norville” series and of more than 60 stories for science fiction, fantasy and internet (zine) magazines.   She also is part of a writing team for the “Wild Card” Sci-Fi Superhero books, edited by Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass (Both of who I had the opportunity to meet and discuss writing with at last Fall’s Historical Writers of America conference in Albuquerque).

A graduate of and writer-in-residence for the acclaimed Odyssey Writing Workshop, Vaughan earned her Master’s in English Literature from CU-Boulder and now makes her home in Boulder, CO.  She was recently honored (2017) as a Hugo Award finalist for her short story "That Game We Played During the War."     
                                        “Don't hold back in your writing,” is her advice for new writers.  “Take risks. Go ahead and tackle that crazy idea that you think will never fly, because that may be the one that makes you stand out from the crowd. Keep pushing the envelope.”

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