Cat Hellisen is an author of fantasy for adults and children. A voracious reader, she is involved in archery and aikido, and keeps far too many pets. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and has also lived in Johannesburg, Knysna, and Nottingham.

She sold her first full-length novel, When the Sea is Rising Red in 2010. Her children’s book Beastkeeper, a play on the old tale of Beauty and the Beast, was released February 3rd 2015.

Her short stories have appeared in Tor.com, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Something Wicked, and in the anthologies Terra Incognita, and Jaberwocky 3.

She reviews books for print, and provides reader reports for authors and publishers.

Her agent is Vaughne Lee Hansen, of the Virginia Kidd Agency, all publishing-related queries about Cat Hellisen’s work can be emailed here.

To contact Cat Hellisen: email cat at cathellisen dot com, twitter, or facebook.


The following material is freely available for press and promotional purposes, so long as credit is given where noted. Right click on the links and choose “save as.”

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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


  3. Holly Knece on April 15, 2015 at 2:12 am said:

    Hello there, I recently found your book Beastkeeper in my recommendations and it looks really interesting! I was wondering if there was any way I could be sent the physical copy of your book in exchange for an honest review that I’ll make sure to post on all book related sites I’m apart of as well as Amazon.

    If not, that’s okay. I just thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask. ^^

    Thank you very much,


    • Hi Holly,

      Thanks for your interest in Beastkeeper. The best people to speak to about review copies will be my publishers (Henry Holt). They are the ones in charge of sending out copies for review. Sadly, I think all will have already been sent out by now as they normally do that prior to the book’s launch. Possibly your best bet now is to go ask your library to order in a copy for you. (Which would be great, so please do if you can!).



  4. Hi! So I came across your book “Beastkeeper” on goodreads and it seemed really good, but when I ran into the bookstore looking for your book they didn’t have it. I even asked customer service and they said they didn’t carry your book, it made me really sad. So by any chance can you please make your book available in the Philippines?


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