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Two of Emma’s favorite childhood memories are of typing out nonsense words on her parents’ black Royal manual typewriter, and watching the neighbor mow the lawn. She went to Beloit College, where she majored in English, then moved to Minneapolis, where there are two seasons: Snow removal and road repair. (Or, as it sometimes seems, snow repair and road removal.)
After that, she moved back to her native southern California, where she would’ve driven with the top down if she’d had a convertible. She was a resident of the Republic of Bisbee (AZ) and loved it (except on the few days of the year when there was snow). And now she’s living in Tucson, Arizona, where she would ride the range if she had a pony. But she does have a great cowboy hat.
She’s written novels, screenplays, a children’s book, and short stories. She and her husband, Will Shetterly, are members of the Interstate Writers’ Workshop, aka The Scribblies. Emma and Will conduct writing workshops now and then; they’ve taught in Los Angeles, at Clarion West, the Pima Writers Workshop, and elsewhere.
Emma played guitar and sang in the Flash Girls, a goth-folk duo. She was a member of Cats Laughing, a psychedelic improv folk-jazz band that included Steven Brust, Adam Stemple, Lojo Russo, and Bill Colsher.
She is the producer for Shadow Unit, a webfiction project she shares with Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly, and Amanda Downum. It combines novella-length episodes of a series story with hypertext “DVD extras” and character on-line journals. Contributing writers in its eight-episode second “season” include Holly Black and Leah Bobet.
on June 14, 2013 :
I had read a little on their webpage, but the ebooks are easier. I love the little pieces that are not part of the stories but open little windows into the future and give glimpses of it. Also funny to see Livejournal entries and comments forming part of the overall story line
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on March 31, 2013 :
Excellent Writing. Great Characterizations. Very well thought out dialogue. Great mix of vulnerabilities and superpowers. I don't normally buy fiction online - but I bought this one and was glad to read it.
I didn't quite get the point of the email like exchanges that seem to be talking about the books - maybe i don't have the history of the 'show' - that was the only annoying part.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Feb. 25, 2013 :
This is a great series. I highly recommend it. The stories are horrific but the characters are wonderful and very well-developed.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2012 :
Another great installment of a great series. As always, the characters & writing are top-notch. A bargain for $3, but beware, they are addictive!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Jan. 05, 2012 :
I should have reviewed the first 10 Shadow Unit books right after I bought them. After all, I'd already read the episodes and the DVD extras online at shadowunit.org (remember, this is no exactly a book series, it's a TV show-- broadcast on the WTF Network, in an alternate universe!--and available on the Web in our universe).
But I just HAD to reread the whole thing....
Anyway-- if you like scary SF shows about FBI profilers, you WILL like this. The characters are great, and at the beginning of an episode you (and they!) do NOT know what is going to happen. Because literally anything, possible or impossible might happen.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)