(May 28, 1977 — )
The author and illustrator of Nurk, Digger, Harriet the Hamster Princess, Dragonbreath, and a number of other illustrated projects. She has also published numerous adult and young adult speculative fiction works, including several reimagined folktales, The Clocktaur Wars duology, and Summer in Orcus, the illustrated version of which was a finalist for the WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book.
The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist. She earned a degree in anthropology before becoming a genre artist and author. After an unfortunate mixup between her children's fiction and her adult fiction, she took to writing much of her adult fiction under the pen name of T. Kingfisher.
She won the 2012 Best Graphic Story Hugo and the 2017 Best Novelette Hugo, as well as a Nebula Award and two Mythopoeic Awards. Her work has also been nominated for an Eisner Award and a number of Webcomics Choice Awards.
She and her husband Kevin Sonney produce The Hidden Almanac, a speculative fact and fiction podcast where "H. P. Lovecraft meets Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac", and the Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap podcast, where they get inebriated and discuss just about anything while taste-testing bizarre or unusual (and generally terrible) pre-packaged foods, much of which is sent to them by fans.
Vernon is also a prolific painter and the creator of The Biting Pear of Salamanca, a work which became an internet meme in the form of the "LOL WUT" pear.
She is an avid gardener, birdwatcher, and role-playing gamer, and entertains her Twitter followers with livetweets from her RPG sessions and photos and stories of the exploits of her garden and of their animal menagerie, which includes cats, dogs, The Chickens, and The Surprise Rooster.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 2003 -- Trinoc*coN 2003
- 2004 -- Midwest FurFest 2004
- 2008 -- Technicon 25
- 2009 -- Midwest FurFest 2009
- 2010 -- Further Confusion 2010
- 2011 -- MarsCon 2011, DucKon 20
- 2012 -- ConQuesT 43, MystiCon 2012, Bubonicon 44, Best Graphic Story Hugo
- 2013 -- ConTemporal 2013, Further Confusion 2013, Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature
- 2014 -- Mythcon 45, TM at Windycon 41, Baycon 2014, Eurofurence 20
- 2015 -- Chessiecon 2015, MileHiCon 47, Foolscap 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, Alfie Award for Best Short Story, WSFA Small Press Award
- 2016 -- ConCarolinas 2016, Furry Migration 2016, Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature
- 2017 -- Arisia '17, TM at Bubonicon 49, CON2 2017, Furry Fiesta 2017, Best Novelette Hugo
- 2018 -- Anthrocon 2018
- 2019 -- Bubonicon 51, Anthrocon 2019
- 2020 -- Readercon 31
- 2021 -- NESFA Press Guest at Boskone 58, VCON 2021
- 2022 -- Capclave 2022
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