Michelle Markey Butler’s career has a foot in two related but different worlds. On the one side, academia. She teaches at the University of Maryland, usually Tolkien, Harry Potter, or medieval literature and history. She did her dissertation research on direct address in medieval and early modern drama, has published articles in that area, and someday, by golly, she will finish that book about the transition from direct address to soliloquy. Her current research looks at memes and other pop culture forms as literary criticism. On the other side, fiction. Her debut novel, Homegoing, was released by Pink Narcissus Press in 2014. A second, co-authored novel, The Last Abbot of Linn Duachaill, released in 2015.