GBBP 192: Rebecca Roanhorse

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The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 192: Rebecca Roanhorse

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This week, we continue our unexpected spotlight on authors who also happen to be lawyers…or lawyers who moonlight as authors. Not sure which. I’ll let Rebecca Roanhorse’s own bio stand here, because I kind of love it: SFF writer. Nebula winner. Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus Award Finalist. Campbell Award Finalist. Pug owner. Yale grad. Lawyer. Ohkay Owingeh /Black. Navajo in-law.

Roanhorse recently dropped a whole bunch of jaws with her debut novel, Trail of Lightning, which steeps the reader hip deep into a world of Native American mythology guided by a monster-hunting protagonist. It’s seriously all kinds of awesome. And the best part? It’s only the first in a much longer series. The second book, Storm of Locusts, already has a cover and an April 2019 pub date, so take my advice and get in on the ground floor now. (Cohost Shiri reviewed – and loved – Trail of Lightning here.)

It’s everything you think you love about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, and Wynonna Earp. But it surpasses them all and will leave you wondering why those shows have gotten multiple seasons when they pale in comparison so considerably.

On this episode, we talk to Roanhorse about balancing two completely different professional lives, writing in the first-person, crafting a story that’s both heavily rooted in Native cultures and incredibly relevant in 2018, and portraying a different side of familiar mythical characters. We also talk about Navajo tradition and what else she’s got on the horizon.


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