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Kat Richardson is a cross-genre writer, creating a combination of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Mystery/Crime no matter how hard she tries to write something else--although she has tried her hand at a bit of almost everything else, as well. Her first published novel was an Urban Fantsy from Roc titled Greywalker. She dabbles in other text forms and media including: Film (The Glove); Computer Games (T2X); and Comics (Dangerous Days)

Kat was born in California--the second of three precocious children--and survived growing up in a small college town under the LA smog shield long enough to earn a BA in Magazine Editing from Cal. State Long Beach. She worked in the magazine business in LA for a while, then moved on to curriculum writing and editing for the Gemological Institute of America. Later, she moved to Seattle and added Technical Editing to her skills.

Her father was an English teacher with a degree in Classical Literature whose first bed-time story to his kids was reading aloud from a translation of The Odyssey. She claims to have started her fiction career by telling fantastic lies to friends and family, and wrote her first short story in First Grade--it was called The Pickle Bush, since Kat was then ignorant of the origin of pickles. She does better research now and confines lying to more acceptable forms of fiction.

Always a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as Mystery books, Kat also watches a lot of film in both genres, with a particular affection for old films noir. History, Social Phenomena, Science, English Literature, and Noir-anything round out her reading.

Kat currently lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, two ferrets, and a crotchety old cat. She rides a motorcycle, doesn't own a car, shoots target pistol, and has been known to Swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym. She does not have a TV.


Novel. Greywalker. Roc, 2006.

Novel. Poltergeist. Roc, August 2007.


Library Journal
August 15, 2006

Richardson's first novel features a genuinely likable and independent heroine with a unique view of reality. Following in the tradition of Tanya Huff and Jim Butcher, this is a strong addition to the growing body of urban fantasy mysteries

Entertainment Weekly
EW pick, grade: A

Stan Winston would have a ball bringing this bizarro cast to the screen.

starred review Aug. '06 and "Best of 2006"

Well-produced, pleasingly peopled, with a strong narrative and plenty of provocative plot lines: a superb beginning to the series that's unquestionably in the offing.

Publishers Weekly
starred review July 2006

Fast-paced fun, this first novel will captivate fans of Charmed, Buffy and Charlaine Harris.