Cat Hellisen writes fantasy for adults and children. She has lived in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Knysna, and Nottingham, and currently lives in Fife, Scotland, where the forests and the fields and the Forth provide constant inspiration.
Cat grew up in a series of libraries, and has always preferred reading to just about anything else. Even though as a child she assumed all writers were already dead, she figured that at some point they must have been alive and so she set out to write her own stories. (They were almost invariably about dogs. Magical dogs.) It took many years before she actually wrote something which other people wanted to read. Along the way, she discovered that having hobbies outside of books was actually a fun thing, and she has done belly dancing, archery, aikido, running, and figure skating.
Cat sold her first full-length novel, When the Sea is Rising Red in 2010. It’s a story about found family, class and magic and making difficult choices. It’s also about tea, sometimes.
Her children’s book Beastkeeper, a play on the old tale of Beauty and the Beast, was released February 3rd 2015. Cat likes to call it “A fairy tale for the loveless”, which makes it sound like she knows what it’s about. (She does, she just wants to see what you think.)
Her short stories have appeared in Tor.com, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Something Wicked, and in several anthologies ranging from Lovecraftian, to Steampunk, to African fiction. She won the Short Story Day Africa award in 2015 for “The Worme Bridge”.
She reviews books for print, and provides reader reports for authors and publishers.
This picture of her is quite out of date, for reasons.