Kater Cheek

Biography

Kater Cheek is a graduate of Clarion San Diego, class of 2007.
Kater has sold work to Weird Tales, and Fantasy Magazine among others. Her short story “Voice Like a Cello” was chosen for the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2009. She has contributions in The Living Dead and Last Drink Bird Head.
Kater is also an artist with more than twenty years of experience, primarily in sculptural and utilitarian art. When not writing, she throws pots, binds books, and plays with molten glass. She has folk danced professionally, taught English in Japan for two years, and spent five months backpacking alone through Europe. She has learned six languages and forgotten four of them. Her garden kicks ass.
To read her reviews and blog about the writing life, visit www.katercheek.com For a more detailed resume and portfolio, see her artblog: www.catherinecheek.com For a hilarious and inappropriate comic about chickens, see her webcomic: www.coopdegrace.com

Where to find Kater Cheek online


Where to buy in print


Books

Mulberry Wands
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Pre-release—available August 30, 2014. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 86,350. Language: American English. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Owls have never killed a human, unless there’s a good reason. When Susan finds and buries a tiny corpse in her garden, she stumbles into a territorial dispute between a man desperate to make something of himself, and a society of ruthless women who aren’t as human as they seem.
The Third Pig & Sleeps With the Fishes
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,140. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
“The Third Pig” Johannes Schwein never trusted that wolf from the day he sauntered into town. Now his brothers’ houses have been blown in, and Johannes fears he may be next. “Sleeps With the Fishes” When a co-ed becomes a mermaid, dorm residents struggle to get her to water before she suffocates. Also includes a sample chapter from Mulberry Wands, sequel to Alternate Susan.
Changer's Turf
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 92,830. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When two were-bear children are kidnapped, the parents hire Kit Melbourne to find them. Using geneology research on her husband’s family, Kit tracks the lycanthropy gene across the American continent, from Selkies in the Puget Sound to were-Javelinas in the high deserts of New Mexico, to were-cougars in Appalachia. She won't rest until she finds the missing boys.
Poisoned Bluestripe & The Machine and Her Mahout
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,410. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.00 from 1 review)
Two hard science fiction short stories about the perils of colonization. In Poisoned Bluestripe, an idealistic investigator tries to prove a colonial culture innocent of genocide. The Machine and Her Mahout, a semi-finalist for the Writers of the Future contest, deals with the enduring love between a man and his sentient mining machine.
Alternate Susan
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Series: Desert Mages. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 90,130. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Susan's been flung into an alternate reality where her brother and sister are dead, the MIB is asking about something illegal her alternate counterpart did, and a talking lizard claims he only wants to help. Now Susan has to find her missing mother, dodge sleazy-hot men who want favors, and try to find a way home again, before the djinn collects payment for wishes she didn't make.
Faerie Killer
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Series: Kit Melbourne. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Rosenkranz is dead, along with her host Paisey. Morales is convinced that the killer is a vampire hunter, and Paisey was merely collateral damage. Who could decapitate Rosenkranz other than an experienced vampire hunter? But as Kit investigates Rosenkranz’s host, she discovers that Paisey wasn’t a human at all, but an immigrant from the Realm of the Faerie.
Gingerbread House & Joey's Undead Dog
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Price: Free! Words: 9,670. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two weird, funny, horror stories. "Gingerbread House," which originally appeared in Weird Tales in 2010, involves a reality show in which contestants live in a house made of cake in the middle of nowhere. "Joey's Undead Dog" deals what happens when a young necromancer suddenly comes into his powers.
Dayrunner
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Series: Kit Melbourne. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 101,180. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Kit is loving her new job as Dayrunner to the Vampire Guild Leader. Well, except that someone is trying to kill her, and everyone suspects her of being behind the assassination attempts on the boss. But still, Kit has a new circle of friends, new teachers, and a boyfriend who can't seem to get enough of her. What could go wrong?
Treemaker
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Series: Kit Melbourne. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 81,130. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Something is wrong with Kit's boyfriend, really wrong. Kit knows he's under a curse, but no one seems to believe her or want to help her--except Fain, the vampire with ulterior motives. Seabingen Book Two. Sequel to SEEING THINGS.
Seeing Things
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Series: Kit Melbourne. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 83,480. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Coffee shop barista Kit Melbourne inherited a magic jewel to let her tell the humans from the glamour-disguised faeries, the Goth poseurs from the real vampires. Her bindi lets her know which witch casts real spells and which one just went through the motions. The only trouble is, plenty of people want a jewel like hers. And someone is willing to kill for it.
Mean Little Kitty & Waiting Room at the Hero League
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Two humorous fantasy short stories involving cats. The A side, "Mean Little Kitty" is available for the first time. The B side "Waiting Room at the Hero League" was originally published in Big Pulp.
Voice Like a Cello & Bear Country
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Two fantasy short stories about people who are haunted by (and protected by) the unseen. The A side "Voice Like a Cello" was originally published in Fantasy Magazine, and was a Locus recommended pick for 2009. The B side, "Bear Country" is an award-winning story originally published in the print magazine Pagans and Witches.
"Emily's Fifth Birthday" & "Alternative Medicine"
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Two literary science fiction short stories about women making difficult life choices. The A side, "Emily's Fifth Birthday" was a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest. The B side, "Alternative Medicine," was originally published in Alternative Coordinates.

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