I met Emma Bull at the 4th St Fantasy Writer’s Convention a couple years ago, and aside from being an inspiration and a great writer, Emma is also a spitfire and a sweetheart. I was saddened to hear boingboing.net report that both Emma Bull and Steven Brust were in the hospital having operations on the same day.
For those who don’t know, both Emma and Steven are both Speculative Fiction writers from Minnesota. They were in the now defunct folk-rock band, Cats Laughing, and they are also members of the local fiction writers’ group known as the Scribblies, who founded the 4th Street annual Writer’s Convention. Their combined writings pioneered the Urban Fantasy genre, especially Emma’s War for the Oaks, which is set here in Minneapolis.
Now you probably guessed that Urban Fantasy Authors and Health Insurance go together like Coffee and Fish, which is to say, they do not. And although Steven Brust reports he does have some health coverage, I suspect having a defibrillator installed in your chest can’t be cheap or comfortable. And unless Emma has her own self-funded health care plan, I bet her thyroidectomy is going to take a bite out of those Urban Fantasy royalties.
Fellow author Scott Lynch has volunteered to forward profits from his pay-what-you-want book Queen of the Iron Sands to help with Emma and Steve’s medical expenses, and probably get them more financial relief than buying their individual works, but every little bit helps. Prayers, comments, positive thoughts, links to cute dog/cat videos on youtube, etc… But just as importantly, you can help by spreading the word. Emma and Steve deserve it, and I’m sure they would appreciate it.