We tell stories to create purpose and find meaning. The stories we tell about ourselves define our identity, the stories we enjoy reveal our hopes and aspirations, and the stories that we believe without question hide our deepest fears.
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C. C. Finlay is the editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the author of five books and dozens of short stories. His fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. He lives in Arizona with his wife, young adult novelist Rae Carson.
In January 2015, C.C. Finlay became the ninth editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He is also the author of the Traitor to the Crown historical fantasy trilogy, which began with The Patriot Witch, and a stand-alone fantasy novel, The Prodigal Troll. He's published more than forty stories since 2001, many of which have been reprinted in volumes of the Year's Best Fantasy, Year's Best Science Fiction, Best New Horror, and other anthologies. Some of his short stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sidewise, and Sturgeon awards, and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Fourteen early stories were collected in Wild Things (2005).
Previously, he was the administrator for OWW, the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, and continues to serve there as a resident editor. He has also been an instructor at the Clarion Workshop, the Clarion Young Authors workshop, the Alpha Writers Workshop, and the Odyssey Online Workshop.
In 2003, Finlay founded the Blue Heaven workshop, a professional peer review retreat for genre novelists. Authors who have attended Blue Heaven include Cassie Alexander, Paolo Bacigalupi, Christopher Barzak, Gwenda Bond, Tobias Buckell, Rae Carson, Deborah Coates, Brenda Cooper, Alan Gratz, Daryl Gregory, Kameron Hurley, Karin Lowachee, Sandra McDonald, Paul Melko, Tim Pratt, Sarah Prineas, M. Rickert, Ian Tregillis, Catherynne M. Valente, Greg van Eekhout, and others.
Finlay was born in New York City, but grew up in Marysville, Ohio, where he haunted the stacks of the local Carnegie Library. He earned a B.A. in English at Capital University, and did study abroad at New College, Oxford University. He did graduate work in American history at The Ohio State University, where he studied under Saul Cornell and Randolph Roth.
He lives in Arizona with his wife, novelist Rae Carson.
lo-res author photos for the web
Author portraits by Michelle Daniel Photography -- folks, she is really good.
Rae Carson and C.C. Finlay
hi-res versions of the same author photos for print
Rae Carson and C.C. Finlay
Author portraits by Michelle Daniel Photography -- did I mention that she is really good?
- "The Crucible", partial text of LOCUS interview (2010)
- "Witchcraft and Revolution: A Profile of C. C. Finlay" at Publishers Weekly (2009)
- Interview with John Joseph Adams about "The Political Prisoner" (2009)
- Interview with Jeremiah Tolbert (2009)
- Interview by Danny Adams for Some Fantastic (2006)
- Interview by Tobias Buckell at Eternal Night (2005)
- Interview by Lisa Negus and Robert D. Rowntree at Ideomancer (2005)
- Interview with Maria Zanini (2005)
- Profile in The Columbus Dispatch, "Charles Coleman Finlay: First Novel a Long Time Coming," June 18, 2005
- "All in the Details", partial text of LOCUS interview (2004)