Caitlin McColl


Since childhood, Caitlin has written many short stories, mainy fantasy - with dragons, wizards and other fantastical monsters. But now she writes Steampunk, fantasy with a Victorian twist, 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.

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2015 - She has released a FREE ebook compilation of stories from her short story blog, Under A Starlit Sky, collectively called The Dark And Shadowy Places.

She has short stories published in a couple anthologies - Heart of Steel in the 'Forged in Flame' anthology by Xchyler Publishing and a Steampunk twist on Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde through Zharmae Publishing

She has also released 2 Steampunk short story collections through Smashwords, and also available on Amazon (along with her first novel Under A Starlit Sky)

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


Of Concrete and Glass
Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
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
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: A Steampunk Collection vol. 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: A Steampunk Collection vol. 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,500. 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,130. 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.
Ex Cineribus Resurge
Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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: 7,700. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Caitlin McColl

  • New Year Nookie on Jan. 13, 2012

    This is a fun, sexy romp! A cute story of a girl who's tired of being single and celebrating every New Years with her sister's family, with no one to share it with. A spur of the moment decision changes her life - in more ways than one! This was romantic, funny and fun! I wish all cruises were like this! Pick this one up for a quickie! :)
  • 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!
  • Tales From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD on Feb. 07, 2012

    Whether you're an old or new fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's original mysteries, involving famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion Dr. John Watson, you won't be disappointed by this collection! Mr. Ashton's offering of 3 stories, two of which are mentioned in passing by Dr. Watson in his well beloved chronicling of their adventures, are so faithful to the characters in these wonderful stories, it almost seems that Doyle himself has been resurrected. Maybe there is something after all to his belief in Spiritism, as they seem to be straight from the pen of Doyle! I am looking forward to hopefully reading more undiscovered stories of Sherlock's adventures by this author.
  • More From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD on March 29, 2012

    Mr. Ashton's latest collection of tales are another new discovery of adventures by Holmes' faithful friend and ever present confidant, Dr. John Watson. The first of the three, The Madness of Colonel Warburton is reminiscent of Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Creeping Man' (which was one of my favourites of all Doyle's Sherlock tales) - a psychological thriller mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat - as all of Mr. Ashton's stories did in this volume, and the previous (Tales From The Deed Box of John H Watson MD). The second story in the collection, The Mystery of the Paradol Chamber, was my favourite of the three (though they were all excellent!). This was a very apt title as the story was indeed a mystery and the twist in it was surprisingly unexpected and shocking. The third, The Giant Rat of Sumatra, was another great tale. I was very happy to see that the rarely mentioned (and even rarer seen) brother Mycroft made an appearance in this story. And as the Holmes faithful will know, wherever Mycroft is, political intrigue will surely follow and the fate of the Empire rests in the hands of the Holmes' brothers. If you are a Holmes fan of any sort, you will not be disappointed by this latest volume of stories about the world's most famous (and only!) consulting detective.