Vylar Kaftan is the author of "Lydia's Body," reprinted in Horror: Best of the Year 2006 (ed. Sean Wallace); "Black Doe," 2nd place winner in the Pagan Fiction Contest; and "Through the Cooking Glass," shortlisted for the 2007 WSFA Small Press Competition.
She started writing during elementary school and for the most part hasn't stopped. She's very tired and needs to use the restroom. About two dozen of her stories appear in markets such as Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, ChiZine, Abyss & Apex, COSMOS, Lone Star Stories, Heliotrope, Raven Electrick Paper Cities (ed. Ekaterina Sedia), Glorifying Terrorism (ed. Farah Mendlesohn), Bandersnatch (eds. Paul G. Tremblay and Sean Wallace), Brain Harvest, Sybil's Garage, Shimmer, and Vestal Review.
A graduate of Clarion West, she's volunteered for that group as well as the Little Owls mentoring program for young writers. She's a member of SFWA, Codex, Broad Universe, and the Carl Brandon Society. Her writing groups include Second Draft, Fangs of God, and the Taboo Readers.
She lives with her husband Shannon in northern California. Her hobbies include modern-day temple dancing and preparing for a major earthquake. Her favorite color is all of them. She prefers the term "differently sane."