Rachel Stevenson is the author of ‘Once Upon A Catmas Eve’. Rachel grew up in Doncaster and now lives in London. She has been a contributor to Smoke: A London Peculiar, Here Comes Everyone, A Cuppa And An Armchair book (Createspace Publishing, 2011), The Guardian travel section, the Utopia Arts Festival, Are You Sitting Comfortably short story podcast, the forthcoming book, Night Bus To Camden (Smoke Publishing), and her work has been made into a short film, narrated by Christopher Eccleston, for the Tate Modern website. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing.
Author Q & A
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?
I wrote it as a Christmas present for a friend who likes feline stories, but wanted to write about cats being evil, rather than their cuddly side.
When did you start writing?
When I was about 17, although back then I wrote poetry rather than short stories.
Do you have a favourite genre?
What’s your favourite book or short story?
This is very difficult to answer. It’s probably The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.
What has been your biggest challenge as a writer?
Not enough time!
Are you currently working on a full-length novel and looking for a publisher?
Not currently, but I have a few ideas floating around for a longer form story.
What do you most enjoy about writing?
Creating a world. Inventing characters who are not usually written about. Telling a story that needs to be told.
Amazon: Friend or foe?
Until they pay their taxes, foe.