Sylvie Cathrall writes stories of hope and healing with healthy doses of wonder and whimsy. She holds a graduate degree in odd Victorian art and has handled more than a few nineteenth-century letters (with great care). Sylvie married her former pen pal and lives in the mountains, where she dresses impractically and dreams of the sea.
portrait by Inês Dinis
a less official biographical note
There are many other interests I could share to give you a better sense of my non-writerly personality. For example, I love Kinuko Y. Craft book covers, fairy lore, the fantasy-map-drawing game Cartographers, cross-stitch, theme park history and design, and assorted harp playlists.
But I ought to mention something less ridiculously whimsical—my OCD. A Letter to the Luminous Deep features a protagonist living with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (well, its fantasy equivalent, anyway), and I drew from my own experiences when writing her part of the story. In a way, though, the particular way in which my brain functions shapes every tale I tell.
While there are many aspects of my mental health that I’d rather not discuss in public, I am especially passionate about OCD awareness and advocacy. I was so misled by the pop culture stereotypes about obsessive-compulsive disorder that it took years for me to be diagnosed correctly. If you would like to learn more, I suggest checking out this list of