Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist. Former fiction editor of Cosmos Magazine, she has also dabbled as a kitchen hand, video store manager, assistant library technician, media monitor, political and archaeological photographer, graphic designer, guest lecturer, festival director, panellist, fiction judge, essayist, creative writing teacher and manager of Agog! Press, which produced ten anthologies of new speculative fiction. In 2012 an Australia Council grant enabled her to study with Margaret Atwood in Key West, Florida. Cat has a BA in visual arts (CAI), a postgraduate certificate in editing and publishing (UTS) and a PhD in creative writing (Curtin), the latter concerning the intersection of ecocatastrophe science fiction and contemporary climate fiction. Cat’s debut novel, Lotus Blue (Skyhorse, 2017) was shortlisted for the Compton Crook, Aurealis and Ditmar Awards. Her collection, The Bride Price (Ticonderoga, 2013) was nominated for an Aurealis Award and won the 2014 Ditmar for Best Collected Work. Eighty of her short stories have been published since the turn of the millennium and her 24 awards for writing, editing and art include winning the Peter McNamara Conveners Award twice for services to Australia’s speculative fiction industry. Cat is an environmental activist and keen traveller currently obsessed with photographing adorable birds and grungy walls.