About MeiLin Miranda
I'm MeiLin Miranda. I write fantasy and science fiction from my 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon with my husband, two teens, two cats, a floppy dog and far, far too much yarn. I have loved all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) since my childhood, when I devoured stacks of books by Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen and Frances Hodgson Burnett.
My literary meals grew to include Ursula K. LeGuin, Neil Gaiman, Patrick O'Brian, Colette, Anthony Trollope, P.G. Wodehouse, M.F.K. Fisher, Harlan Ellison, Hunter S. Thompson and Georgette Heyer. I have a bad habit of re-reading all of them frequently. I'm trying to stop doing that.
I've been a professional writer most of the last 35 years, focusing on news and features writing for TV, radio and the web. I was afraid to write what I really wanted to write--fiction--because I was afraid to reveal my self. Writers do that even when we try to edit ourselves out of the manuscript; it's impossible, and I feared what people might see, especially people close to me.
And then I died.
I had a cardiac arrest and near death experience in 2006. I have this weird, probably congenital heart condition; every once in a while my heart decides to squeeze for no apparent reason. I'm okay now, but it's taken me a long while to get better and I still face challenges.
My experiences struggling with my health and the resulting financial near-ruin were the basis for my tweet/prompt to Neil Gaiman that resulted in a story he wrote for the A Calendar of Tales project in 2013. I am November.
I started writing fiction not long after my troubles. I tell myself I came back from the dead to write books. I might have come back for that, or for finishing raising my two daughters, or for the husband with whom I fell in love at first sight, or for no reason at all. I like the book explanation, at least when I'm talking about books. When I talk about my family, the explanation changes.
I've written a bunch of books by now: the fantasy series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, the online fantasy western serial Scryer's Gulch, and the shared-universe steampunk fantasy series The Drifting Isle Chronicles. My short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Allegories of the Tarot and Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel. I'm writing a bunch more. I hope you like reading them.
Where to find me
How to contact me
Email me here, or write to:
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #428
Portland, OR 97214