Most working writers agree that there is one quality above all needed to make it in the business: persistence. The Mad Writers invited the legendary Cat Rambo over to talk persistence and writing. From her days at Johns Hopkins through to keeping up writing a short story a week after Clarion West and all the way to her days working in SFWA.

Cat Rambo is a writer, teacher, SFWA president and previously secretary. Generous in her encouragement of new writers and brilliant in her turn of prose, she can be found at

Recommended reading:

Cat’s recommendation: Lovecraft Country: A Novel by Matt Ruff

Tim’s recommendation: Definitely Maybe (Neversink) by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky











Nina’s recommendation: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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Intro and outro music comes from “Cephalopod” by Kevin MacLeod (; licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0