Mary T. Whipple is predominantly a writer of traditional fantasy (because what story could not be improved by the introduction of dragons?) but also has a penchant for pirates, tragic romance, Victorian England, and Greek mythology. She has a deep love for fracturing fairy tales and an unreasonable amount of disdain for the Knight in Shining Armor and Prince Charming archetypes.
At the age of four she wrote her first story about a family of squirrels (spelling things more or less phonetically). The “novel” she wrote the following year (after attaining a greater understanding of the alphabet) was the story of an incomprehensibly beautiful witch (incidentally also named Mary) who went on a grand quest for no other reason than she felt like it and rescued baby sea monsters and dragons all along the way. Ms. Whipple has continued writing ever since and is proud to say that she now has a very firm grasp of the alphabet. Over the years she has published short stories in three small press literary magazines, placed fifth for a short story she entered in the New Mexico English Expo, and written freelance doing everything from product descriptions to click-baity internet lists. Her debut novel, A Venom Vice, came out on July 1st, 2017.
When not reading or writing, Ms. Whipple can often be found playing video games with her husband while their puppy, kitten, and bearded dragon look on dolefully and wonder why they are not currently being given treats and tummy scritches.
Top 5 favorite books or series:
- The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
- Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
- The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
- I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Top 5 book to movie adaptations that I actually enjoyed
(and rant about only minimally):
- The Princess Bride
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Hunger Games
- Pride and Prejudice (all three versions)
- Redwall (but this might be cheating because it was
an animated series and not a movie)
Top 5 favorite television shows:
- Jessica Jones
- Luke Cage
- The first season of Penny Dreadful
(the second season had it’s good moments but
was otherwise baffling, incongruous, and rushed)
Top 5 favorite video games:
- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Dragon Age (All of them. Even the terrible ones. All of the Dragon Age.)
- Portal 1 & 2
- Mass Effect 2
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