Ellen Kushner
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Ellen Kushner

After college, I wanted to be a writer, but there aren't any jobs like that, and I knew I'd be a lousy waitress because I'd drop things and be rude to people. Happily, I lucked into jobs as a fantasy editor for Jim Baen at Ace Books, and then got kidnapped by David G. Hartwell to work at Pocket/Simon & Schuster. I quit to write my first novel, Swordspoint, which took longer than I thought it would, so I supported myself writing Choose-Your-Own-Adventure (tm) books. But writing is a lonely business, and I love being onstage. So after I wrote my second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, I moved to Boston to become an announcer for WGBH public radio, later becoming the writer and host of PRI's national series Sound & Spirit.

During that time I wrote The Fall of the Kings with Delia Sherman, and pulled an old manuscript out of a drawer, something I'd started after Swordspoint, about Alec's teenage niece, and my agent said I should finish it, so I did. I call it TPOTS (pronounced "teapots"), but its real name is The Privilege of the Sword. About this time, it became clear I was writing all the Riverside novels out of order, a practice I continue to this day, as I am currently working with a bunch of friends on Tremontaine, a collective serial published by Serial Box online, and SAGA Press in dead tree format.

I love reading my own work aloud, and have been hideously indulged by "Neil Gaiman Presents" & producer SueMedia, who allowed me to read all 3 Riverside novels into a microphone for Audible.

I am proud to have been one of the original writers on Terri Windling's shared world "Bordertown" series, so I convinced Holly Black recently to co-edit Welcome to Bordertown, inviting younger writers who grew up with the series to join some of us old-timers on the Border where Elves on Motorbikes is pretty common. I sometimes teach creative writing at Clarion, the Odyssey Workshop, and Hollins University's Children's Literature summer M.F.A. program, where students say I do not coddle them, but I do bring them Turkish Delight, so that's OK.

I now live in New York City with my wife, the writer, teacher, editor & best friend Delia Sherman. We have no cats, just plane tickets and theater stubs.

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    • Swordspoint

    • A Melodrama of Manners
    • By: Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless....

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    • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

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    • The Privilege of the Sword

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    • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
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    In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast....

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    • By Ann on 07-27-12

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    • The Fall of the Kings

    • By: Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
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    • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
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    This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordspoint is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule....

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    • Scholars with Teeth (and Tongues and Lips)

    • By Dave on 10-01-13

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    • Tremontaine: The Complete Season 2

    • By: Ellen Kushner, Tessa Gratton, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and others
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    Welcome to Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. In this novel, Ellen Kushner and a team of writers return listeners to the world of scandal and swordplay introduced in her cult-classic novel Swordspoint....

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