Cherie Priest at the International Steampunk Symposium

Many of you know her for her Steampunk novels such as Boneshaker (2009), but Cherie Priest is a person of many talents, and we are thrilled that she will be a guest of honour at the 2017 International Steampunk Symposium this April!

Perhaps one of the most popular authors in the Steampunk genre, Priest’s creativity spans out in many directions . . . but perhaps that is best expressed in her own words . . .


I write novels. I mean, I do other things too – but the books are probably the reason you’re reading this. So here goes.

cherie-priestTo date, I’ve had twenty full-length projects published, with another four in the queue. My most recent books are The Family Plot, Maplecroft, and Chapelwood, and the young adult thriller I Am Princess X. My best-known book is probably Boneshaker (2009) – which was nominated for a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award. Boneshaker also won the PNBA Award, as well as the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

On a more personal note – in 2006 I moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Seattle, Washington. Now I’m back in Volunteer Country, in a lovely old house my husband and I bought in 2012. So no, you’re not crazy if you thought I was a southern author, and neither are you nuts if you believed I came from the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been accused of both, and I willingly cop to either (though I started out – and have often lived – elsewhere).

I was born in Tampa, Florida, on the day Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. I’m inordinately fond of zombies, trashy goth music, and cheap red wine. I have a phobic aversion to unfinished ceramics, an allergy to yellow dye #7, and a morbid fear of sloths.

For further stats, check my Wikipedia entry. It’s mostly correct, though often at least partially wrong – and routinely out of date. Wikipedia won’t let me fix anything, even my occupations, publications, or graduation years. Apparently I’m not qualified to address such matters of hearsay.


Cherie Priest will be talking and answering questions about her own books, as well as participating in our author workshops to help upcoming and aspiring writers.


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