If you have something you want to ask you can email me here: cat at cathellisen dot com

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Author Bio:

Cat Hellisen is an author of fantasy for adults and children. Born in 1977 in Cape Town, South Africa, she has also lived in Johannesburg, Knysna, and Nottingham.

She originally studied graphic design at Technikon Witwatersrand, before realising that she had no interest at all in the world of advertising. She began writing seriously at age twenty-five but it was not until 2010 that she sold her first full-length novel, When the Sea is Rising Red. Her children’s book Beastkeeper, a play on the old tale of Beauty and the Beast, is due out February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR).

Her agent is Vaughne Lee Hansen, of the Virginia Kidd Agency



This Is My World – July 13, 2011

Blog Critics – November 7, 2011

Something Wicked – January, 2012

Tonight – May 24, 2012

S.A. Partridge – June 11, 2012

It’s A Book Thing – June 29, 2012

Teen Librarian – August 1, 2012

Hypable – May 15, 2013

The Book Wars – October 9, 2013



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  2. Shawn Muller on June 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm said:

    Afternoon Cat.
    It is always great to see a South African releasing an internation book, and I want to be one of them.
    The only small snag I have hit, is where can I have my manuscript edited? I have googled this and there are thousands of places/people/websites that offer to do it.
    Where do you recommend I go to have my book edited?
    Thanks very much


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