Cat Rambo


Cat Rambo writes and teaches in the Pacific Northwest. Among the places her work has appeared are Asimov's, Weird Tales, and

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, where the long and muggy summers and lake-effect snow-filled winters drove me inside to read, read, and read some more. At 12, I'd read everything (pretty much) in the children's room, so they let me start checking out adult books. I immediately tried H.P. Lovecraft and was too scared to sleep the next three nights.
When did you first start writing?
I started very early and by the time I was ten, I had reams of adventures set in a mystical fantasy land populated by myself and a herd of talking horses.
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Zeppelin Follies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a wacky world filled with advertising zeppelins, muffin-baking robots, and software-generated fiction, a writer finds herself pursued by heiress Mimsy and her ambitious servitor. This short story originally appeared in online magazine Crossed Genres and is reprinted in Rambo's collection, Near + Far.
Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
What's a female superhero to do in the face of the everpresent patriarchy? In this short story, which originally appeared in online magazine Strange Horizons, Ms. Liberty, the mysterious X, Dr. Zenith Arcane, Zanycat, Rocketwoman, the Sphinx, and Kilroy team up to fight not just villains, but the forces of popular culture itself.
All the Pretty Little Mermaids
You set the price! Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this science fiction short story, artist and single mother Petra Mookjai tries to cope with a toxic world where feminism has become a bewildering and increasingly splintered state. When she is given a toy for her teenage daughter, a breeding kit for tiny multicolored mermaids, she finds herself obsessed with the mermaids as a new form of self-expression.
Events at Fort Plentitude
You set the price! Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
In this short story, an exiled soldier tries to wait out a winter in a fort beleaguered by fox-spirits and winter demons. Master storyteller Cat Rambo delivers another enchanting secondary world fantasy in a story that originally appeared in Weird Tales and which is reprinted in the collection Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight.
Rappacini's Crow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Steampunk short story, part of the Altered America series. In a darker version of America, an ongoing war fights for the precious substance called phlogiston. A Native American nurse tends soldiers destroyed by the war, but finds himself enmeshed in a struggle with the doctor that runs the asylum and his pet crow.
Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
A book such as this spins not only words but also whole worlds: eighteen of them, representing the best lesbian-themed stories of the fantastic or futuristic published the prior year. The women to be met in these pages will find themselves tested not because of their sexual identity but rather the identity they have composed, constructed, and spun.
Creating an Online Presence
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 40,390. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales and Marketing
Covers the basics of creating and maintaining an online presence for writers. What you need on a website, how to effectively use social media, blogging, how to find readers via social media, what free resources are available to writers, whether it's worth it to pay for online advertising, and, most importantly, how to promote yourself online without using all your valuable writing time.

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