Kat Cataclysm serves as a pen name (to create a little bit of separation between my fiction and non-fiction), but she is also a character in her own right: a bisexual absurdist short fiction writer, recovering slam poet, and failed linguist who has a somewhat silly and surreal take on the world.
And the first Kat Cataclysm book (a chapbook, really) is now available! It's called General Surgery & Surgeons General. This modest forty-some page collection offers a potpourri of Kat’s short stories, slam poems, and whimsical musings, which touch upon and/or outright tackle diverse topics such as YA dystopian fiction, photosynthesis, mountain climbing, temporal anomalies, ethical non-monogamy, Santa Claus, Prince’s song lyrics, malapropisms & paraprosdokians, and the trials and travails of the contemporary author. As if that were not enough, the book also premieres several excerpt chapters from the eventual Kat Cataclysm debut novel 99 Erics.
The book can be purchased at either:
CreateSpace, which offers the best royalties for the author.
Amazon.com (in both book & ebook formats), where you can “Look Inside” the book (aka, read excerpts) by clicking on the cover.
Also, while on tour with Sister Spit in March, I recorded live performances of four of the pieces in the chapbook - here are links to those recordings:
I am also making great progress (almost two-thirds done!) on 99 Erics (Kat’s eventual first full-length book). It is a faux novel about the protagonist’s experiences writing a book about her supposed experiences dating ninety-nine different guys named Eric. It is more surreal than slutty. Not that there is anything wrong with slutty.
If you want a preview of 99 Erics, I encourage you to check out the chapters “Eric Number One” and “Poetry Slammed”[audio link] in the aforementioned General Surgery and Surgeons General collection. You can also watch me read an excerpt of the chapter “Posers”[video link] thanks to the kind folks at Radar Productions (the piece begins around 3:10 into the video).
If you are intrigued, you can learn more at KatCataclysm.com. And you can follow Kat on Twitter and WordPress.
Hope you enjoy! -j.