Caitlin McColl


Since childhood, Caitlin has written mainy fantasy - with dragons, wizards and other fantastical monsters. But now she writes Steampunk, stories that makes our world just a little bit more interesting, with the ability to mask the humdrum days we all have - those cold, grey, rainy, depressing days. The days you accidentally sleep in, lock yourself out of the house, battle morning rush hour and realize your still wearing your slippers. Caitlin lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her husband and her dog.



September 2020
-Published The Clockwork Universe and The Stained Glass Heart, follow ups to Under A Starlit Sky. Also re-did covers for books.
-Published All That Remains - a free short story collection from 2017
-Republished The Diary of Dr Jekyll that was published by a Seattle based publisher that is no more

-Released a free ebook compilation of stories from her short story blog, Under A Starlit Sky, collectively called The Dark And Shadowy Places.

Hope you enjoy!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the cold prairie province of Alberta, Canada but soon after moved to the beautiful West Coast and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia (one of the most beautiful places on earth, in my opinion!).

Growing up in Vancouver of course influenced my writing! Like famous author Douglas Coupland who is also from Vancouver, and whose stories are set in Vancouver, a lot of my stories (like Under a Starlit Sky) also take place in Vancouver (albeit sometimes an alternate history version of it as in my steampunk short stories!). After all, you should ‘write what you know’, right?
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I remember vividly, is writing a story in elementary school – I must have been about 5 or 6 or so. I wrote a couple page story (with illustrations, all done by me) on construction paper. It was about a knight called Michael (not a very knightly name, I know!) who rescued a princess from a dragon. Funnily enough, about 16 years later, I married my husband, also called Michael. I still have that little booklet hiding somewhere…and I’ve been writing ever since!
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Where to find Caitlin McColl online


Starlit Sky
A trilogy of steampunk novels, along with some prelude short stories to 2 of the books. All About Eve is a prelude to Under A Starlit Sky and From The Ashes is an introduction to the world of the second book, The Clockwork Universe.
Under a Starlit Sky
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Clockwork Universe
Price: $1.99 USD.
The Stained Glass Heart
Price: $1.99 USD.
All about Eve
Price: Free!
From the Ashes
Price: Free!


Think. Feel. Be. 2 Mindful Mental Health in Everyday Life
Price: Free! Words: 24,870. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
This is the second volume of collected articles written by me on on the subject of mindfulness, mental health and psychology.
Think. Feel. Be. Mindful Mental Health In Everyday Life
Price: Free! Words: 10,670. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
A collection of articles (written for the website Elephant Journal) on positive psychology/psychology and mental health and mindfulness topics.
As I Lay Living: Thoughts on Grief and Death
Price: Free! Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Death, Grief, Bereavement
An ebook collection of articles on death, grief and impermanence written by me on the mindfulness website Elephant Journal. Will be expanded with new articles as required.
The Secret Carriers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,310. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Anise Buttersby is a Secret Carrier, one of a select few chosen to protect the powers of mankind: alchemy, time travel, immortality and fountain of youth. But someone wants her secret and will do anything to get it.
Unlocking Happiness: A Gratitude Guide
Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
A guide with suggestions and activities to find gratitude and unlock happiness with added note pages at the end so if you wish to print it out you can use it as a journal.
All That Remains
Price: Free! Words: 21,860. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A collection of 3 short post apocalyptic and fantasy stories - All That Remains, How You See The World and The ArcHive
The Stained Glass Heart
Series: Starlit Sky. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,690. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
This is the Steampunk follow up to The Clockwork Universe. The lives of four groups of people are intertwined and connected in ways they are not even aware. They all have secrets. Secrets that can shatter lives in an instant.
The Clockwork Universe
Series: Starlit Sky. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,170. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
In a world of airships and steam powered soldiers, one man struggles to escape an unchanging world. If he fails, he risks death. But, worse, he will be trapped in a decaying world. A stranger in a strange land might just hold the key to saving everything.
The Jade Dragonfly & Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 11,840. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Four short mystery stories involving two Detectives, seasoned old-school Thomas McCloud, and fresh-faced, excitable young Johnny Lattley.
The Diary of Dr. Jekyll
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,170. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A steampunk version of the famous story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Of Concrete and Glass
Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
We walk a fine line between the light and the dark... This book contains poems about the beauty of nature: that of the natural world that surrounds us and the cities we live in, as well as human nature. This is contrasted with poems that deal with the heart of darkness that can be found in humanity, and the strange and shadowy aspects within society and ourselves.
The Dark and Shadowy Places
Price: Free! Words: 70,070. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(2.00 from 1 review)
This book is a collection of short stories or ‘flash fiction’, inspired mostly by author Chuck Wendig's weekly writing challenges on his Terrible Minds blog. Most of the stories are based on these challenges and can be found on my short story blog, Under A Starlit Sky, with a few unpublished ones thrown in. Now, please, won't you journey into the dark and shadowy places?
Of Adventure and Antiquity: The Anise Buttersby Series Book 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,400. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A Collection of 5 Steampunk tales, volume 2. Newspaper reporter Anise Buttersby is on assignment, undercover. Little does she know how dangerous investigative journalism can get! After a run in with a notorious air pirate, she finds herself regaled with tales of a strange criminal underworld, is stranded in the desert, learns of mechanical monsters and discovers a strange world from another time.
Cogs and Corsets: The Anise Buttersby Series Book 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,530. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A collection of five short Steampunk stories, all connected but each story a different genre - Paranormal, Mystery, Western, Fantasy and Horror. The main character, Anise Buttersby is a outspoken wannabe newspaper reporter in a world that looks down on women in such a role. She is taken on an adventure across the country via airship, train and even by dragon!
Under a Starlit Sky
Series: Starlit Sky. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,740. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
A man wakes with only two things to anchor him:a cryptic tattoo and a recurring dream; a strange world of airships and antiquities. Answers begin to emerge but something evil invades the dreamscape keeping him from remembering who he was. Snatches of memory soon reveal a sinister scheme and each clue is another piece of the puzzle. Too bad there’s no guarantee he’ll get his life back in one piece.
From the Ashes
Series: Starlit Sky. Price: Free! Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
It is 2011 in an alternate war-torn Victorian-era world. A young girl and her guardian seek the Emperor of the country to ask him to stop the ten year civil war. A war between those who are for, and those who are against new technologies, and between the non-religious versus those that still believe. This short story is a prelude to my upcoming novel The Clockwork Universe.
Little Gods
Price: Free! Words: 7,690. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A young demi-god and goddess find out that the world is being thrown into chaos and go on a mission to try and stop it.
All about Eve
Series: Starlit Sky. Price: Free! Words: 20,790. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Eve has always seen dead people, ever since she was little. She has always kept her gift hidden, even from her family. That is, until she uncovers a terrible secret from her past. All About Eve is a prequel to my upcoming novel Under A Starlit Sky.

Smashwords book reviews by Caitlin McColl

  • The Edge of Darkness on Jan. 14, 2012

    really enjoyed The Edge of Darkness. It is a great futuristic, dystopian, sci-fi story with a strong message about humanity (as all, or most, dystopian stories are): how flawed we are as the human race, and how much damage we do to each other, confined to this small planet. The 'planet' these characters are confined to is a giant space ship. The characters, a group of cyborgs, and their struggles trapped aboard a space ship for many years, was really compelling. Before I read The Edge of Darkness, I thought, how interesting can that be? A bunch of half-humans, all stuck on a big ship in space? But how very wrong I was! The Edge of Darkness is a thriller, full of drama and turmoil. It focuses on the life of strong willed Max Ryan, who doesn't let her situation get her down, even when everything in her life goes against her (because the cyborgs are not thought as real people, and just second class citizens). Max and a small group of allies go on a journey to find a way to free themselves from their mental, emotional and physical shackles, and in the process find something horrifying and disturbing. Something that Max uses to her advantage. If you're a sci-fi fan, or a fan of dystopian literature, definitely pick this up! This is a very unique story, like nothing I've ever read. You won't be disappointed!