Cat Rambo

Biography

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

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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Where to find Cat Rambo online


Where to buy in print


Books

Therapy Buddha
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Find out why Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated Cat Rambo’s been called one of the strongest storytellers in a generation of speculative fiction writers. Her emotionally rich stories play out against worlds that are evocative, imaginative, and beautifully but economically realized.
Sugar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this short story, which originally appeared in Fantasy Magazine, a sorceress in the Southern Isles mourns her dying lover while being wooed by a pirate lover.
So Glad We Had This Time Together
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this short story, which originally appeared in Apex Digest, television executives come up with a reality series starring supernatural creatures -- only to find it enjoying unnatural popularity.
Peaches of Immortality
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When his wife dies under mysterious circumstances, Glen is plunged back into a mystery from long ago in high school: a quartet of popular teens who couldn't fail at anything. And with one of them seemingly intent on coaxing him to bed, will he succumb and taste the sweetness of the peaches of immortality?
Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
In this short story, which originally appeared in the Glitter and Mayhem anthology, small-town Indiana in the 80s is an uncomfortable place for Arturo, who has a secret life at the local gay bar. When he introduces his best friend, Anna, to the place, he finds both of them swept up in a story of magical obsession and servitude.
Love, Resurrected
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this short story, which originally appeared in the online magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, general Aife Croffadottir is acknowledged one of the finest military minds of her time -- which is why the sorcerer Balthus commands her to her service even after her death. How will she come to terms with her new existence?
Karaluvian Fale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this fantasy short story, impoverished noble Karaluvian Fale struggles to keep up appearances in the face of Allanaki society, which is all too ready to condemn her. When she has a chance to shape a city-wide festival, will she be able to turn the tables on the families that have mocked the Fales for so long?
Kallakak's Cousins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Kallakak just wants to run his shop and mourn his mate, but instead he's plagued wtth problems: the rapacious Jellidoos want to seize his shop, while his newly arrived relatives are causing all manner of mayhem on Twicefar Station. All the while, political revolution threatens, and he's trying to recover from illness. Will he and his robot salesclerk prevail?
Jaco Tours
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In this short supernatural horror story set in Jaco Beach, a visit to a Costa Rican nature sanctuary turns very strange indeed for Joshua when the tourists he'd hoped to fleece turn out to be something other than expected.
I Come From the Dark Universe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this short story, life on tumultuous TwiceFar station is much the lonely existence same day to day for Bo. But when he comes upon a mysterious woman who claims to come from an alternate universe, he must face his strange attraction to her.
Flicka
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Inhabitants of a small Idaho town have trouble adjusting to their new neighbors, a family of genetically modified humans who have chosen to become more equine than human.
Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this Nebula-nominated short story, a Minor Propagandist on Planet Porcelain finds love. Rambo's crisp, evocative prose combines with an innovative and poetic world to create a showcase of the depths that speculative fiction can reach.
English Muffin, Devotion on the Side
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In this short story, which originally appeared in online magazine Daily Science Fiction, George leaves copies of himself to his friends and family when he dies. The problem is -- what happens when you're only a copy?
Can You Hear the Moon?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In this short story, which originally appeared un Superficial Flesh, a teenage girl in smalltown faces one of the most difficult challenges she'll ever endure: upcoming adulthood. As she stands on the brink between innocence and experience, will magic be able to help her cope with what lies ahead?
Bus Ride to Mars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this short story, one of the masters of the speculative fiction story takes on both Geoffrey Chaucer and the afterlife. Join Djuna for a journey that will take her through the corners of the human imagination and farther, to Paradise, Mars.
Amid the Words of War
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this short story, which originally appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, an exiled alien mourns for the race that will no longer accept it. Find out why Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated Cat Rambo’s been called one of the strongest storytellers in a generation of speculative fiction writers.
Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #4
Series: Fantasy Scroll Magazine. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,780. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Fantasy Scroll Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Fantasy Scroll Magazine is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.
Zeppelin Follies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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: 5,720. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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: 8,180. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.00)
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.
Rappacini's Crow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 92,810. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales and Marketing, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Social networking
(5.00)
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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