Some Basic Facts:

My last name might mean “stump leg.” That or “one who resides behind a stump.” These are both somewhat accurate.

People sometimes say funny things about my name:

  • “Best name in genre.”–Mur Lafferty on the EA Metacast
  • “Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam has the Harry Potteringest sounding name I’ve ever heard. This is eerily appropriate, as she happens to make magic happen on paper.” —
  • “This issue’s opening story is “The Damaged” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (which has to be one of the greatest names ever, right up there with Bouillabaisse Carrotstick).” —A Mad Man With a Blog
  • “The stories open with ‘The Damaged’ from Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (really?!)…” —John’s Reading
  • “Also, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam has a cool name. Sounds like she should be the heroine of her own steampunk novel or something.” —Steve Trower
  • “Closing the fiction is another story by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam — reigning champion in the that-can’t-be-her-real-name contest…”–A Mad Man With a Blog
  • “One of the best last names in existence, really — it’s the kind of name J.K. Rowling might come up with for a sprightly house elf…”–Denton Record-Chronicle

If given the opportunity, I will talk a lot about my cats. Probably too much. I hear that this might be a common writer thing.

I enjoy cover songs, but only the good ones. Feel free to send me links to new covers.

I have been known to exhibit a few fan tendencies, such as the hoarding of Buffy the Vampire Slayer figurines.

I spent two years living in Oregon, where it is rainy but beautiful and where I was part of the Wordos. Now I live back in my home state of Texas, where it is death hot but also quite beautiful.

I graduated July of 2013 with an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine’s low-residency Stonecoast program, which had a popular fiction emphasis and which is worth checking out.

How do you wear these?

I have a Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle. To join my email newsletter, visit this link.

I’ve placed, been short-listed or long-listed, or given an honorable mention for several awards including the Nebula Award, Selected Shorts/Electric Lit’s 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, the 2015 James Tiptree Jr. Award, 2015 British Science Fiction Association Awards, the 2016 Texas Observer Short Story Contest, and the Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review’s Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction 2015.

I have an impressive rubber duck collection, though not nearly as impressive as Charlotte Lee’s.

If you need an official-type third-person bio, this one will do you just fine:

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 90 publications such as Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Lightspeed, and LeVar Burton Reads, as well as in six languages. By night, she has been a finalist for the Nebula Award. By day, she works as a Narrative Designer writing romance games for the mobile app Chapters. She lives in Texas with her partner and a mysterious number of cats.

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