Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you write, edit?
I am a freelance author, an editor and a small press publisher. I mostly write role-playing game books and short stories. I edit anthologies, am a submissions editor for Apex Publications and am the Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the Edge of Propinquity. I also do some freelance technical writing on the side. I am a frequent blogger and addicted to twitter. Believe it or not, I've received writing jobs from twitter.
How long have you lived in Seattle? Has living in Seattle affected your work? Do you find Seattle to be a supportive place for writers/editors?
I have lived in the Seattle area since 2003 and I absolutely love it. Seattle has one of the best author/editor support networks I have ever experienced. Moving to Seattle allowed me to launch my career as a full-time author because of my ability to get "pays the bills" technical writing from local companies as well as has enough other authors and editors who have been there and learned things the hard way that it has allowed me to learn from their experience.
What's your favorite part of the Seattle literary "scene"?
The number of local bookstores and readings alone is worth the price (so to speak) but I adore Third Place Books in Lake Forest. It is a wonderful bookstore with friendly workers and frequent readings. I cannot walk out of that store without a book in hand. They always have what I want. In the rare moment they don't, they order it for me. The bookstore is also next to a food court with free Wi-Fi. I have had many business meetings in and around Third Place Books. I cannot recommend it enough.
What are you working on now? Where can we find you next?
2010 is going to be a big publication year for me. I have three books and three anthologies scheduled to come out. As an author, I have The Little Finance Book That Could (Lean Marketing Press, Feb 2010), Shanghai Vampocalypse (Savage Mojo, Feb 2010) and In a Gilded Light: 105 Tales of the Macabre (Dark Quest Books, June 2010). As an editor, I have Close Encounters of the Urban Kind (Apex Publications, Apr 2010), Beauty Has Her Way (Dark Quest Books, Sep 2010) and Human Tales (Dark Quest Books, Dec 2010).
I also have a couple of other fiction projects in the works including a website fiction series forRogue Games in the Colonial Gothic universe, written with Dylan Birtolo, which will be published in 2010.
Seattle literary scene profile #1: writer/editor/teacher Cat Rambo