Kate Heartfield

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Kate Heartfield is the author of Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and the two Alice Payne novellas, published by Tor.com Publishing.
Armed in Her Fashion won the Aurora Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the Crawford, Sunburst and Locus First Novel awards.
She was nominated for a 2018 Nebula Award in the novella category for Alice Payne Arrives, and in game writing for The Road to Canterbury, an interactive novel published by Choice of Games. Alice Payne Arrives was also shortlisted for the Aurora Award. Her novella "The Course of True Love" was published by Abaddon Books as part of the collection Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World in 2016.
Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lack
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I wrote it as an entry in a flash-fiction contest in a writers' group. The prompt was "make a cruel action into a kindness, or vice versa." For some reason, I thought about people who don't make space for others on buses, and thought about how I could turn a person claiming a seat with their backpack into a secretly kind action.

On a deeper level, it hearkens back to my own teenagehood, when I used to take buses through rural Manitoba and northern Ontario, and a long Greyhound bus ride I took from Winnipeg to Houston when I was 17. That was a whole education in a few days! I was thinking more generally about the ways in which women and girls get away from their lives when they need to, how they find safety or freedom. And I suppose I was thinking about the ways that we use our outward appearance to signal our identities to each other and the world, the meanings of a t-shirt or a hair colour, and how for some people those can be a kind of language telling you where you're safe and where you aren't.(less)
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New course on interactive fiction

Over at Cat Rambos academy, Ive got two live courses coming up soon: Writing Interactive Fiction on April 11, and Historical Research for Writers on May 24. Theres an new on-demand version of the interactive fiction one, which weve made free for the first week as a gift to people who are social-distancing.

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“Much better to force people to choose at once, friend or foe, and then he knew where they stood.”
Kate Heartfield, Armed in Her Fashion

“She did envy Gertrude after all—not her grief, which must be greater than Beatrix could even imagine, but her boisterous presence in the world. Gertrude took up space; Beatrix was always watching from the corners.”
Kate Heartfield, Armed in Her Fashion

“If I have no plan, then nothing can go wrong,” said Janos. “I will not waste any time rewriting my plans as I go. I do not want any planners and falterers, Claude, mark me, now, for you are young and desperate, and I want you to stay that way. I want only desperate men beside me!”
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