Interview with Cat Rambo

Published 2014-11-16.
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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Near + Far is that I wanted to do a collection of SF stories but wasn't sure how they should be ordered. When the near future vs. far future division came up, I thought of doing the book in the form of one of the old Ace Doubles (also called bete teche). We ended up with a spectacularly lovely book as a result (in my opinion).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
All I want is for people to read my stories, and indie authorship seems like a good way to support that.
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Conspiracy!
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 56,900. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016 by NESFA Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Dragons, Droids & Doom: Year One
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Dragons, Droids & Doom: Year One is a collection of all the stories published online by Fantasy Scroll Magazine in its first year. It includes a wide range of speculative short stories from fantasy to science fiction to horror. Some stories deal with death, others will leave you laughing to death. It’s all here, and it’s fantastic. Take a look; you won’t be disappointed.
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.
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Peaches of Immortality
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Love, Resurrected
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