M.A. Carrick is the pen name for the collaborative works of Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms. The two met in 2000 on an archaeological dig in Wales, and have spent the last two decades of friendship writing and gaming together before deciding to try their hands at collaboration.
Marie Brennan holds an undergraduate degree in archaeology and folklore from Harvard, and completed graduate coursework in cultural anthropology and folklore at Indiana University in Bloomington. She now misapplies her professors’ hard work by using it as inspiration for her fantasy novels and short stories.
At present she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends her time playing piano, studying shorin-ryu karate, dabbling in amateur photography, and playing a variety of role-playing games.
Her first novel was published in 2004. Since then she has sold a dozen books and more than forty short stories.
Alyc Helms fled their doctoral program in anthropology and folklore when they realized they preferred fiction to academic writing. They dabble in corsetry and costuming, dance Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, and game in all forms of media. They sometimes refer to their work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is a fancy way to say that they are obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes. They are a freelance RPG writer for Green Ronin, a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and have published short fiction in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction,Crossed Genres, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Their novels The Dragons of Heaven and The Conclave of Shadow are published by Angry Robot books.