C. M. Barrett

Biography

On my mother's side of the family, I come from a line of storytellers. My grandmother's stories ranged from my grandfather's arrest for draft resistance in England during World War I, the uncertainty of life during the Troubles in Ireland, to the day she decided to leave her marriage (but didn't). My mother's stories described a rural childhood that to a child of a suburb of little boxes seemed idyllic.
Both of them encouraged me to read and provided me with books to feed a growing habit. When I was seven or eight, I discovered mythology, and the gods and goddesses in those tales were as real to me as the dragons and cats in my own stories are now. Thanks to my early training in fantasy, I like to hang out with dragons. Accepting the bizarre directions my imagination takes has allowed me to conjure up Zen cats, cougars, gossip-vending hawks, and other critters.

Currently I live in upstate New York on a wooded piece of land not unlike some of the terrain in Big Dragons Don't Cry.

Since 2000 I've belonged to the online writers' group, Artistic License, subtitled Shameless Blameless Hussies. They've read all my books, but don't blame them if you find errors, because they're shameless.

I also paint, and the art on my book cover is one of my watercolors.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
My next novel is Dystopia in Drag.

A royal family has replaced the dysfunctional Congress, but an evangelist megachurch and corporate bosses who call themselves barons fight for the real power. The church organization has confined sexual and intellectual deviants to urban ghettos called Zones. An unlikely alliance of drag queens and elven superstars plot to break the rulers' stranglehold.
Who are your favorite authors?
My reading is wide-ranging, and it's difficult to pick favorites. My list of favorites, which is far from complete, includesMaeve Binchy, Terry Pratchett, Charles Dickens, and Anthony Trollope.
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Where to find C. M. Barrett online


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Books

Book of Sorrows: Book 4 of A Dragon's Guide to Destiny
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Series: A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,260. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The four stars of the series—a dragon, a cat, and two humans—go to the land of Tamaras to investigate a series of earthquakes. They travel through layers of mystery and deceit to an underground world, where a dragon queen appears to hold total power. Here they discover that invisible forces control the populations both above and belowground through a mysterious force called The Book of Sorrows.
Cats in Charge: A Guide to the Training and Education of Humans
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,360. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Written by Tara, a cat who has devoted her life to training humans, this book brings her expertise to answer cats' urgent questions about choosing the right humans, taking control of the household, getting the best food, toys, treats, and pouncing on a life where cats are truly in charge.
House of the Moon
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Series: A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,430. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In the deep desert of Etrenzia, a young scientist is kidnapped. Her sister, Serazina, Heroine of Oasis, braves giant snakes, sandstorms, and invisible enemies to try to rescue her. Phileas, Guardian of Oasis, who has fallen in love with her, shares her ordeals. Neither of them knows they are being lured to the desert for a purpose far more sinister than their worst fears.
Renew Your Life the Natural Way: Balance Your Chakras with Crystals and Essences
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,150. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
When we understand how the chakras connect to our emotions, health, and mental well-being, we have a new way to understand ourselves. When we learn how to rebalance the energy of the chakras, we can achieve a new level of empowerment. The approach of this book doesn't rely on in-depth understanding of any religious philosophies. It is based on learning to understand yourself.
Gone to Flowers
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,220. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
In Gone to Flowers, a band of young people leaves New York City in 1968 to live on a commune. Though none of them avoid the entanglement of romantic complications, they are determined to learn new ways of loving. A disturbed and seductive teenager who becomes the snake in their fragile Eden disrupts their attempts to create a family.
Cats in Command and Other Stories
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Price: Free! Words: 15,800. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In Cats in Command, a woman is abducted into a world ruled by cats. Among other problems, she discovers that felines have their own view of justice. This is one of seven short stories and a novel excerpt. In other stories, the villains rewrite fairy tales, a jury decides the fate of humankind, and a gargoyle comes to life.
Dance with Clouds
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Series: A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,920. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
For centuries, a priestess cult has ruled the land of Dolocairn. Now drug lords seek to take control. As part of their campaign to broaden their power, they use drugs that induce amnesia and death to attack the land of Oasis. Serazina, the Heroine of Oasis, must go to Dolocairn to stop them. Tara, a fearless kitten, and Druid, a melancholy dragon, accompany her. They may not get out alive.
Animals Have Feelings, Too: Bach Flower Remedies for Cats and Dogs
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,270. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine
Are you looking for a drugless solution for your pet's behavioral issues? The Bach Flower Remedies, developed in the early 1900s by Edward Bach, M.D., have helped countless humans and animals. This book helps you to understand what your cat or dog's behavior means and recommends Bach Flower Remedies for many conditions. The book gives special attention to abandonment and abuse.
The Language of Stones and Other Stories
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Price: Free! Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In The Language of Stones, a young man tries to teach a stone to speak. Villains Victorious describes the attempt of fictional villains to rewrite the story. The Gargoyle Murder is the love story of a gargoyle and a cat. Also included is the first chapter of Big Dragons Don't Cry, which introduces a cat who's finding that a quest cuts into his relaxation time.
Big Dragons Don't Cry
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Series: A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,680. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A cunning opportunist incites the people of Oasis to kill the local dragon so that he can convert Druid's swamp into suburban housing. The would-be dragonslayer also plans to have the current head of state assassinated and assume power. Unless the dragon joins a kitten with attitude and a human with unlawful psychic gifts, Oasis is finished.

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Smashwords book reviews by C. M. Barrett

  • Driving Me Nuts! on Oct. 28, 2011

    P. J. Jones, best known for her parodies, breaks new ground in Driving Me Nuts, a tale of three patients at a mental institution. Ruckus, who relieves his bottomless sorrow by urinating in unusual locations, Fred, locked in a prison of childhood trauma, and Apple, a self-confessed klepto nympho, whose back story is far more tragic, steal a car and take a ride that turns into a Texan version of Dante's Inferno. As an adventure full of hair-raising and life-threatening episodes, it's a first-rate read. What makes this story outstanding, though, is the tender treatment Jones gives her wounded protagonists. We see deep into the hearts of Ruckus, Fred, and Apple and watch them face and vanquish their individual demons in a way that's both convincing and moving. We need many more stories like this, and I hope P. J. Jones is working on a new one.
  • Cats: Instructions For Use on Jan. 29, 2012

    The title gives a clear indication of its tone. Annarita Guarnieri has been owned by a great many cats and has not only survived but thrived. She brings her vast experience to this informative and entertaining book. The potential reader of any "how-to" book deserves to know who the target audience is. This book is indispensable for anyone first launching upon the great adventure of being owned by a cat. It provides a wealth of information, from the basic equipment needed to keep a cat in comfort to the meaning of verbal and body language signals. The author also outlines the many differences between adopting a kitten (further distinguishing kittens who come from homes or animal shelters and those found abandoned) and adopting an adult cat. I noted with pleasure that she emphasizes the special rewards of adopting adult cats. The experienced cat slave, however, can also learn from this book. I considered myself an expert dispenser of pills, but I learned some new approaches to this always-perilous task. Finally, this book is worth reading for the many cat tales within it. If you are devoted to cats, you will find your devotion renewed by the portraits of and anecdotes about the author's feline companions. I highly recommend this book.