It’s great to have you here. I’m Cathleen Townsend, and I write noblebright fantasy.  This site is mostly about my journey, becoming an author–things I’ve learned, and books I read and write. It’s sorted by category below, or you can check out my recent posts, located on my sidebar (below this page if you’re on a tablet or phone).


My Books

my books 4-2018

These include works offered by my publishing imprint, Phoenix Flight Press, as well as tales published in trade anthologies. All of them are speculative fiction, usually fantasy.

Stolen Legacy is free to everyone who joins my Reading Friends, and I also offer a free copy of Dragon Hoard to all comers at the standard major retailers. All the links are posted on each individual book page.

Check back from time to time–this section expands on a regular basis.


* Short Stories

rackham vintageI’ve blogged quite a few of these, and they’re mostly fantasy. However, I also offer ghost stories, memoirs, and a contemporary tale for your reading pleasure.

There’s nothing quite like taking in a whole story in just a few minutes. So dive in and rub elbows with dragons, sentient caves, hapless wizards, and house hobs. Or you can read about the time I walked away from a plane crash.





Words can be elegant, beautiful, and frustrating–and they’re always necessary to convey meaning in print.

We need to entice people to read our words, and to do that, we have to make them interesting. We must provide value for the time people spend reading them.

So I have some quick tips to assist you on your road to mastery.



publishIs there anything more frightening than hitting that publishing button? You’ll have to work through the fear on your own, but some background knowledge can help.

So I’ve got some tips here, some from me, some from others, to help you feel more confident about putting your work out into the world.





Once you’ve published your book, the work isn’t done–not even close. Authors need to find ways to get their work in front of readers who’ll be interested in their stories. A variety of methods exist, from social media to paid newsletter promotions to pay-per-click, so here’s where I share what I’ve learned about avoiding the dreaded internet invisibility cloak of doom.



Be Prepared: Emergency Readiness

mistakeEmergencies happen to everyone. As much as we’d like to avoid them, just when we least expect it, our life gets rearranged without our consent. Job loss, natural disasters, long-term illnesses, sudden injuries, unexpected engine trouble on the road, even a pandemic–all these things can strike without warning. It’s better to be prepared ahead of time.




Stolen-Legacy-low res coverCome join my Reading Friends. 🙂 I send out missives at the end of most months, which include things like short stories, updates on books as I publish them, and books I’ve been reading. I’ll also tell you of special deals as they come up, and you’ll get a free copy of my novelette, Stolen Legacy.

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