About the Writer
Catherine J. Cole
Catherine J. Cole is a writer of speculative fiction who delights in exploring the many subgenres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Five years in community theater nurtured her love of different characters, voices, and points of view. Getting inside a character’s head and speaking through alien lips are common abilities of fiction writers. Ms. Cole can act on stage, on a page, and in audio. Her very first professionally-paid job was recording twelve audiobooks for middle-graders and young adults. She got started in the publishing industry at the age of fifteen.
As her mother was an English teacher, and subsequently a translator, Ms. Cole gained a love for language at an early age. She started writing speculative fiction when she was nine, and made her own illustrations to go with the stories. Her wish to know every aspect of making books led to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design Focused on Publishing, and a Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration.
Her love of language, illustration, and the publishing industry led Ms. Cole to become a published author. Her first story accepted for publication won first prize in a science fiction and fantasy writing contest. She has not stopped writing since.
A life-long habit of self-improvement is forging the tools for her to better her work and passion. One of her immediate goals is to attend the Odyssey Workshop for Writers of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror. This will pave the road for publishing her longer works and earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing focused on fiction.
Ms. Cole worked as an English-Spanish translator and editor for ten years, and now she does freelance SEO copywriting, digital marketing, and web content writing, so her second job is not that far from the first. Her dream is to be a full-time writer, editor, and voice recording artist, and to do the cover design and illustration for her own books. She is ambitious, but halfway there.