Kate M. Colby

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Kate M. Colby writes paranormal fantasy novels that feature female antiheroes, dark magic, seductive monsters, and spooky locales. She has also written a steampunk fantasy series and occasionally dabbles in creative nonfiction and poetry.

Kate is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing and Literature at Harvard Extension School. She has won local awards for her short fiction, and her first novel, The Cogsmith's Daughter, has been taught in college courses.

When not writing or studying, Kate enjoys traveling, wine tasting, playing video games, and giving amateur tarot readings. She lives in the United States with her husband and their feline familiars.

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FAQ: Where do writers get inspiration?

Readers often ask me where writers find inspiration for their stories. Or, how do writers get inspiration? In this Frequently Asked Questions post, I want to answer this question as simply as possible.


Writers find inspiration everywhere, anywhere, and seemingly from nowhere. 


As I explained in my “How did you become a writer?” post, Hagrid didn’t show up and tell me to write. Similarly, there’...

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As an eastern Kansas native, I always love Gillian Flynn's books for their gritty Midwestern settings and characters. I also am fascinated by her deeply flawed, vicious female protagonists, and this book is no exception. I liked the theme of the Sata ...more
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As promised, this book offers a simple path to financial independence (the point at which your investments provide enough income for you to live on). Essentially, Collins recommends being debt-free (of course!), contributing to IRAs and employee-spon ...more
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A fitting end to a trilogy spanning over 1,000 years. While a bit slow at first, this book develops the characters and relationships established in its prequels and eventually delivers a dramatic, action-packed conclusion to the series. The falling a ...more
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“Dellwyn: I will teach you everything you need to know to entice your father’s murderer into killing his wife to be with you.”
Aya: It sounds so disturbing when you say it like that.”
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“While I think you were a rotten father and are still a horrid excuse for a person, I appreciate your ability to mix revenge and charity.”
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“There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat. Amabel did both: they are not the same thing, as you will see if you think the matter over.”
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“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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“Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.”
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“I write to discover what I know.”
Flannery O'Connor

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