Cathy Cade


Cathy is a retired librarian whose stories have, so far, been published in Scribble and Flash Fiction Magazine, and in anthologies, including To Hull and Back Short Stories 2018, Where the Wild Winds Blow and A Following Wind.
She lives with her husband and dogs, most of the time in Cambridgeshire's Fenlands, surrounded by flat but ever-changing fields. At other times they live across a garden fence from London’s historic Epping Forest.
Cathy's flash fiction and verse can also be found at
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Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Most of the time, I write standing up. My laptop is on a window ledge looking out over Fenland fields
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Dorothy Dunnett, Mary Renault, Ian Rankin, Marian Keyes, Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman...
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Where to find Cathy Cade online


Pond People
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,840. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Fishes
Mirlings live in the fishpond. When newcomer Flash meets Molly, their dislike is mutual. But both are netted with Molly’s friends when goldfish are taken for an indoor tank. Can the mirlings stay hidden from the humans while surrounded by glass? Will Flash’s recklessness endanger them all? Will river-born Grandad end his days in a fish-tank? Will the humans ever master fishkeeping?
The Godmother
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,010. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Euphemia Ffinch, godmother to Lucinda Eleanor, has been travelling since she retired as nanny to the royal family. Prince Alfred dreads his birthday ball; his stutter gets worse in company and everyone's taller than him. Buttons the dog lives in the basement with Cindy, whose stepmother treats her as a servant. Euphemia's intuition tells her she's needed at home, but someone is trying to stop her
Witch Way and Other Ambiguous Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,790. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Sixteen stories, some of which have been placed or shortlisted in competitions. Add a flash or two and some verses, and you get a motley collection of characters who aren't all they seem – or are they? You decide. Meet mirlings and brownies, a citizen of Pompeii, an unsettled soul, a misguided confidante, an unlikely Samaritan, a trainee mortician, and a witch... or not.
A Year Before Christmas
Price: $1.27 USD. Words: 1,000. Language: British English. Published: November 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Emmie the Elf works hard, running errands and sweeping out reindeer stalls, but Santa’s newest helper still finds herself grounded on Christmas Eve. Can Emmie prove she’s capable of higher things in time for next Christmas?

Smashwords book reviews by Cathy Cade

  • Crunchy with Ketchup on Oct. 23, 2021
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    A wide mix of story styles, bearing in mind they all deal with dragons. Not necessarily all quick reads; some of these stories are for savouring.Who knew that not all dragons are equal!
  • Crunchy with Ketchup on Oct. 23, 2021

    A wide range of styles and stories bearing in mind they all deal with dragons. Some are quick reads and others are for savouring. Wh knew dragons could be so different!