When award-winning author Mary Anne Mohanraj learned she had breast cancer, she immediately began recording the details in her blog. Tornado is her honest, day-by-day account of diagnosis, chemo, surgery, radiation, and reconstruction, over a three-year period.

One out of eight women gets breast cancer. You know someone who has it, or work with someone, or may have been diagnosed yourself. This is a book for all of us, but especially for anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis for yourself, or for someone you love.

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Paperwhite Tea Towels Sewn Up!

Paperwhite tea towels sewn up! I like these, but to be honest, they’re only ideal for people who like to hang their tea towels (on a hook or displayed in a frame) because the design isn’t really suited for draping over a bar on the oven or dishwasher — all the flowers are on the top half, so all you see when draped is green stems. I mean, green stems are nice, but it’s not

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The Cold Dip

The sudden cold dip today broke me. 19F currently in Chicagoland, heading down to 15F. I came home from teaching with plans to put away masses of clean laundry this evening, but instead have spent the last two hours fully dressed in bed, trying to get warm. I finally managed it, after a hot bath and dragging the oil radiator from my office into the bedroom. Of course, then my skin was painfully itchy and

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Paperwhite Greeting Cards

I can’t remember who suggested turning my paperwhite drawings into greeting cards, but thank you — they arrived yesterday from, and I love them. Based on photos I took of paperwhites I’d grown. I’m very tempted to do a series of these in the next year. Amaryllises in January, perhaps? What for February? Seedlings or succulents? And then by March, the first snowdrops and hellebore blooms, if we’re lucky… Plan to drop these off

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Publication Day!

Publication day! Excited to share that my new Jump Space story, “Expulsion,” is live at The Sunday Morning Transport to paid subscribers (or you can read an excerpt now): Free subscribers receive one story a month. Paid subscribers ($5.99 / month, $59.99 / year) receive one story each week, including, this week, mine! A gift subscription makes a delightful holiday present to someone you love, or to yourself!

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Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, Perennial: A Garden Romance (Tincture), stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies.


Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation (  She is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Books Published

Current Books Progress

Vegan Serendib 99%
Jump Space 95%
Cancer Log 50%