Katherine Cowley Author PhotoMy name is Katherine Cowley. I write short stories, essays, and novels. I live in Arizona; I've also lived in Utah, Washington, Connecticut, Virginia, Brazil, and Finland. 

I've been telling stories since I was five years old, when I retold the Icarus myth in the form of a picture book, The Turtle That Got Too Close To The Sun. My story "The Clockwork Seer" was recently released in the steampunk anthology Steel and Bone. My short publications have won awards in the Mormon Lit Blitz, Four Centuries of Mormon Stories, the Meeting of the Myths contest, Segullah, the BYU Studies Personal Essay contest, and the Tempe Community Writing Contest.


The Clockwork Seer

"The Clockwork Seer" (in Steel and Bone): On an island of oddities, a young clairvoyant struggles for normalcy, but deadly automatons have other plans.

Yongrui and the Tree of Life

This short story, which incorporates Chinese and Edenic mythology, one first place in the Segullah fiction contest.

Jane Austen + Aristotle

A 5 minute presentation I gave to 800 people at Ignite Phoenix, titled "Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen and the Art of Argument."

Blog Post

One of my most popular blog posts, on using story beats (action, dialogue, and emotion beats) in fiction writing.