Katje van Loon was born in Canada to immigrant parents in 1986. Her dual citizenship allowed her to move to the US for ten years, where she learned a lot about theatre and storytelling. Katje is the author of several novels, at least two books of poetry, and various bits and bobs of short fiction.
Her books Bellica and Stranger Skies were both nominated for a Tiptree (now Otherwise) Award, and Stranger Skies was also nominated for a Gaylactic Spectrum Award. When she’s not writing, Katje is knitting or committing pixel homicide. She lives in British Columbia with her spouse, Mr. Katje, her mother, Kaimana Wolff, and the world’s biggest Border Collie, Sirius Li.
Katje describes herself alternately as a wild witch trapped in the big city and two raccoons & a raven in a trench coat. Neither of these descriptions is wrong.
Katje’s dream is to move to a small town, live in a big house with enough room for the husbeast and other assorted beasts, and become the village wise woman, doling out potions and spells in exchange for muffins or the occasional firstborn.
Neither a woman nor a man, just “other” — Katje’s article in the August 2022 issue of Powell River Living.
Why I Invented Non-Binary Day — BBC Feature, July 14th, 2022. Ghost-written from an interview Katje gave on the subject.