4th Street Fantasy Conversation…
continues June 24-26, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN

Building a Support Network

Elise Matthesen interviews
    Elizabeth Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Patricia C. Wrede

Friday, June 24, 2011
9:00 AMGreetings and Introductions
9:30 AMPatricia C. Wrede
10:15 AMBreak
10:30 AMLois McMaster Bujold
11:15 AMElizabeth Bear
1:30 PMSeminar Discussion
2:30 PMClosing Remarks

Elizabeth Bear

was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo and Sturgeon-Award winning author of over fifteen novels and seventy short stories. She lives in Connecticut

Lois McMaster Bujold

was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career.

Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and have had audio versions from Blackstone Audiobooks. Her recent fantasy novels from Eos/HarperCollins include the award-winning Chalion series and The Sharing Knife tetrology. (See http://www.dendarii.com/awards.html for a list of her awards and nominations.) A fan-run website devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, at www.dendarii.com features more information of all kinds, and she blogs at http://www.myspace.com/loismcmasterbujold/blog.

Elise Matthesen

lives in Minnesota, surrounded by beads, metal, words, music, and people she loves. She's been a professional jewelry artist for more than a decade. Her named jewelry pieces have inspired others to write novels, poems and short stories; one of them, "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear, won the Hugo award for Best Short Story in 2008. Matthesen was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2009 "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'." She has a hearing impairment, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, attitude, ingenuity, numerous publication credits, an unfinished novel set in 1881, and many pairs of pliers.

Patricia C. Wrede

was born in 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of five siblings . Everyone in her family is a voracious reader, and she grew up surrounded by books (pretty much literally--she had bookshelves on nearly every flat wall in the house, and there were books in the back of the linen cupboard, books in the bathroom storage shelves behind the cleaning supplies and towels, and books in all the closets). Among her favorites were the Oz books, the Narnia Chronicles, and a long list of collections of fairy tales and myths.

She graduated from high school in 1970 and attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she earned an A.B. in Biology in 1974, then moved up the road to Minneapolis/St. Paul and worked in clerical jobs for a year before returning to school to earn her MBA at the University of Minnesota in 1977.

She started working as a financial analyst while writing in her spare time. She sold her first novel, Shadow Magic, in 1980 (published in 1982). In the same year, she became a founding member of the Interstate Writers' Workshop, aka the Scribblies, to which she belonged for five extremely productive years.

By 1985, having increasing difficulty in balancing a full-time job in finance with full-time writing, with a lot of support from her friends she chose to quit her day job and write.