Kate Kelly

The Last Library, flash fiction, issue 52, September 2020

Kate Kelly is a marine scientist by day but by night she takes up a pen and writes. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Sci-Phi Journal, BFS Horizons, and forthcoming in Neo-opsis magazine. Her short story collection, The Scribbling Sea Serpent, is available on Amazon. She lives by the sea in southwest England where she is often to be found wandering the coast on her paddleboard.


 Get to know Kate...



I was born in November which makes me a Scorpio. I’ve never been sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.

When did you start writing?

I have been writing ever since I could hold a crayon. My first ever story was about my toy dragons, so I guess the SFF genre was always going to be my thing.

When and what and where did you first get published?

I was first published a few years back by a small UK magazine called HUB, sadly now defunct. It was a short story called One In a Million about the only man left on Earth.

Why do you write?

For the simple reason that’s its something I enjoy doing. I love extrapolating science or real world situations and asking the question ‘What if?’.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I discovered Science Fiction when I was twelve and someone handed me a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall. That hooked me on the genre so much that I wound up pursuing a career in science. So it feels natural that when I write that is the genre I want to write in.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

Difficult question. There are so many amazing authors out there, so I’m going to pick two, one old and one new. The old one has to be HG Wells, simply because of the way his work stands up to the test of time in a way that so many others don’t. His short stories in particular are really interesting. For the new I’m going to pick the author I’m currently reading who is Adrian Tchaikovsky. His writing has huge scope and amazing ideas. Children of Time has to be one of the best SF novels I’ve read in recent years.

Do you blog?

Yes. I keep a blog at https://scribblingseaserpent.blogspot.com/ where I talk about my writing journey, the writing craft, and write the occasional review.

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