Interview with S. E. Smith

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many different places being an Air Force brat. I think the changes helped give me a greater respect for the differences in cultures and geography.
When did you first start writing?
While I've written most of my life, I first decided to finally publish in 2010. It took me a year before I gathered the nerve to publish my second book. I'm glad I did.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my current book is about learning to believe in yourself and accept that changes are good even if they can sometimes be scary. The characters in this book are from another series that I have been writing about and bring you into their world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the freedom of writing what the characters want me to write. I let them set the story and the pace at which it is told.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords distribution allows readers from all over the world to download my stories. It doesn't matter if they are using a Nook, iBook, Kindle, or other format, it is available for them on Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to hear the impact the stories have on my readers. When a reader emails me or posts a comment on my website about how the story helped them get through a bad day or was just what they needed to make them laugh then I know it is a success.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, I wouldn't know if the stories were any good. In addition, their feedback is what keeps me motivated to share.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Ha'ven's Song: Curizan Warriors Book 1. This is a spin off of my Dragon Lords of Valdier series and follows a species they had been at war with at one time before forming an alliance.
Who are your favorite authors?
Linnea Sinclair, Greta Van de Rol, and J. R. R. Tolkien are just a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
LOL. Maybe my hubby standing there ready to make it whether I'm out of it or not? No, each day brings a new adventure. It can be an event, something I hear, or something someone said or did and I think 'how can I write about that?'
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a Technical Support Specialist so I am usually fixing computers. When I am not doing that, I enjoy going out on the boat but I admit I take my iPad and write when not taking pictures.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover many of them from my readers. I love the way they share their favorite authors or a great book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes, Lily's Cowboys. It is still my favorite because the storyline is so beautiful.
What is your writing process?
As a teacher I should say I do plot lines, character graphs, etc. I don't. I see the stories like a movie in my head and I am simply writing what I see, hear and smell. Everything is in techno-color with surround sound audio.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, The Secret Garden. I still read it once a year and have read it to my students over the years. I love the touch of magic, intrigue and love in the story.
How do you approach cover design?
I know in my mind what the characters look like and where they are at. I am lucky that I have a wonderful cover designer who is able to take my descriptions, and with a touch of her magic, bring them to life.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Secret Garden, The Hobbit, The Black Stallion, Maniac Magee, and Beauty and the Beast. The reason is simple, they all have a touch of magic in them with strong characters that never give up.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance or fantasy, of course. I am a romantic at heart and love anything to do with it or magic.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the iPad using the Kindle app primarily but I also have the Nook and iBook app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth by my readers has been the best, I think. They are the ones who share the stories whether through their FB, Twitter, or friendship with others. I really think the stories, once someone has read one, market themselves.
Describe your desk
My desk is organized chaos. I have small stacks of items but I know where everything is. I also have it well lit.
How would you describe your characters?
I would say my heroines are strong, my heros are alphas who aren't afraid to accept their mates for who they are and both are willing to meet in the middle.
Published 2013-10-12.
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Books by This Author

Merrick's Maiden: Cosmos' Gateway Book 5
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A Dragonlings' Haunted Halloween: Dragonlings of Valdier
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, 1.2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,170. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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Spirit Warrior: Spirit Pass Book 2
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Series: Spirit Pass, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,150. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The past and the present collide when Jacob Tucker meets Allie Whitewater when he travels through Spirit Pass. Allie may be used to living between two worlds where she embraces both her Native American and her white heritage, but life is different in the 1870s. When Jacob's life is threatened by the rising conflict of the times, the Spirit Warrior in Allie rises up to fight for the man she loves.
Twin Dragons: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 7
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Touch of Frost: Magic, New Mexico Book 1
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,390. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Lacey Adams lives in the small town of Magic, New Mexico. She is devoted to the animals at her Touch of Magic Animal Shelter. Frost is a Star Ranger who travels the star systems, bringing intergalactic fugitives to justice. Frost makes a decision that will put him on the most wanted list. He knows that some things are worth the risk. What he doesn’t know is that Lacey has a few secrets of her own.
Razor's Traitorous Heart: The Alliance Book 2
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Series: The Alliance, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,850. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Kali Parks is a shadow in the war fighting to gain control of Chicago. Razor has been sent to oversee the remaining Trivator troops on Earth and make sure induction of Earth into the Alliance goes smoothly. Will he be able to claim her before she escapes from him again? Or worse, will she sacrifice her life to protect those she loves before he can?
A Dragonlings' Easter: Dragonlings of Valdier
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, 1.1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,260. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Abby creates a set of Easter Eggs for each Dragonling she has no idea she is about to start a new tradition on Valdier. What happens when the men and the dragonlings take the hunt for the colorful eggs to heart? Laughter and a whole lot of crispy eggs!
Krac's Firebrand: Zion Warriors Book 2
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Series: Zion Warriors, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,850. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Section K Replication Alluthan Clone, or Krac as he was now called, had one focus in his life; protecting the descendants of the Freedom Five who ruled Earth’s council. Things become personal when insurgents target a special member of the Freedom Five, Gracie Jones-Jefe and her family. Captain “Skeeter” Lulu Belle Mann lives a life of freedom drifting from Spaceport to Spaceport in her short haul
Hunter's Claim: The Alliance Book 1
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Series: The Alliance, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,070. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters' lives have changed. Four years before the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, they try to survive. Hunter, a Trivator warrior, is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape. He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life.
Touching Rune: Heaven Sent Book 2
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Series: Heaven Sent, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,170. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Rune August has lived through many different time periods. She now stands guard as the beloved statue in an orphanage garden. But her time as the children’s guardian angel draws to a close when the orphanage is renovated. Rune is sold to Sergei Vasiliev and Dimitri Mihailov. She is shipped half a world away. She has one last chance at happiness. Can she find it before time runs out?
Ha'ven's Song: Curizan Warriors Book 1
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,570. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Emma Watson’s life changes when she is rescued by creatures not of this world. Ha’ven Ha’darra is the Crown Prince of the Curizans. No woman has ever turned him down and he isn’t about to accept his mate doing it. He just has a few extra problems to overcome. The Valdier have given him six months to change Emma’s mind, a traitor is trying to kill them, and they have crashed on a remote moon.
Rescuing Mattie: Lords of Kassis Book 3.1
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Series: Lords of Kassis, 3.1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,810. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Mattie Abrams gives up everything to travel to another world with the circus she loves. Jai t'Dubar never expects to find his mate among the menagerie of humans returning to his home world of Kassis. When he sees the exotic beauty jog by him every instinct urges him to chase her down and claim her. When she is taken hostage, he will do anything to keep her safe. Because Mattie is his forever.
Jo's Journey: Lords of Kassis Book 3
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Series: Lords of Kassis, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,140. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Jo Strauss was happy with her life, at least until she and her sisters are kidnapped by aliens. Now, she needs to fight her attraction to the huge alien male while trying to get home. Manota Ja Kel Coradon is determined to keep the human female his brothers discovered. Unfortunately, she comes with a circus attached. He will fight pirates, traitors, Mimes and even the elephant trainer to keep her.
Indiana Wild: Spirit Pass Book 1
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Series: Spirit Pass, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,520. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Indiana Wild is as wild as the Montana ranch she was raised on. An unexpected trip through Spirit Pass helps her escape her older brother. Jonathan Tucker and his brother have cut a ranch in the harsh Montana territory. He never expects to find the new cowpoke he hires to be an independent female who is not afraid to voice her opinions. Jonathan will do anything to save Indiana when she is taken.
Cosmos' Promise: Cosmos' Gateway Book 4
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Series: Cosmos' Gateway, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,030. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Cosmos Raines is one of the most brilliant inventors in the world. His latest experiment literally opens a Gateway into a whole new world. He finds himself with a warehouse full of alien guests, including one very aggravating female that has turned him inside out. Terra ‘Tag Krell Manok never expects to find her bond mate- in the form of a human male! Cosmos knows one thing, Terra is his to keep.
Paul's Pursuit: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 6
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,460. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Paul Grove finds love in the beautiful alien woman who takes his breath away. For the first time since his wife died when his daughter, Trisha was a baby, Paul wants someone of his own to hold. When a madman threatens his new family and takes the woman he is determined to claim, he will use all of his skills in hunting, tracking and guerilla warfare to get her safely back by his side.
For the Love of Tia: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 4.1
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, 4.1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Tia is the Keeper of the Stories. She dreams of a life she knows will never come true for her. Jett is the royal son from the Kingdom of the Sands. He is captivated by the delicate female he discovers. He knows he must steal her away. Unbeknownst to Jett, Tia is dying. He must make the ultimate sacrifice if she is to survive. Will one life have to be sacrificed to save another?
Choosing Riley: Sarafin Warriors Book 1
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Series: Sarafin Warriors, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,350. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Riley St. Claire follows her own rules. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself being picked up by a passing trader from another world.Vox d’Rojah is the ruling King of the Sarafin, a cat-shifting species. He is held against his will, awaiting execution by a traitor. He doesn't know what to think of the female who has chosen him. He just knows he plans on keeping her.
Star's Storm: Lords of Kassis Book 2
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Series: Lords of Kassis, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,420. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Star Strauss has always been a fighter. Her life changes when she finds herself on a distant world where every creature seems to tower over her.Lord Jazin Ja Kel Coradon is known for his skills as a fierce warrior and for developing communication, security, and weapons systems. When Jazin is kidnapped, Star uses her skills as a circus performer to rescue him and stand beside him as his partner.
Cornering Carmen: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 5
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Carmen Walker wakes to find herself on board an alien warship headed to a far off galaxy. She is determined to return to Earth to avenge the murder of her husband and nothing is going to stop her, not even the alien male who wants to claim her. Creon Reykill gave up hope of ever finding his true mate. When a strange alien female is brought back, he, his dragon, and his symbiot agree, she is theirs
Tansy's Titan: Cosmos' Gateway Book 3
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Series: Cosmos' Gateway, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,370. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Tansy Bell uses her skills to bring the worse criminals in the world to justice. Mak ‘Tag Krell Manok is known for his hot temper, fierce strength, and skills as a warrior.Mak is about to learn that big trouble comes in small packages.There is one female in the universe not afraid to stand up to him. Sparks fly when an Earth girl meets and an alien male who is determine to claim her as his.
Ambushing Ariel: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 4
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,170. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Ariel Hamm has always had a tender heart. Unhappy with the way her life is going she decides to return to Wyoming to open an animal shelter with the money she has saved. Her plans change when she is kidnapped by aliens. Mandra Reykill finds his nice, orderly life turned upside down by a strange creature who loves animals he likes to eat and drives him nuts. Can he convince her to stay with him?
Tracking Trisha (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 3)
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,900. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Trisha Grove is ready to call it quits and head back home to Wyoming. She never expected her last flight would end with an unplanned trip out of this world. Kelan Reykill commands one the largest Valdier warship. He prides himself on his self-control. That is, until he meets a stubborn human female. Now, his self-control, and his dragon, are out of control. Can he claim Trisha before he loses her?
Capturing Cara (Dragon Lords of Valdier: Book 2)
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,460. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Cara Truman is a pint-size pistol whose inquisitive nature has gotten her into trouble on more than one occasion. Trelon Reykill has his hands full. He is busy trying to fortify the Valdier defenses and his dragon is roaring for him to find a mate. The last thing he expects to find on the primitive planet his brother is hiding on is his true mate. Now, he just needs to catch her.
River's Run: Lords of Kassis Book 1
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Series: Lords of Kassis, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,700. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
River Knight, a circus performer, discovers her two friends being kidnapped by aliens. Sneaking aboard the spaceship, she discovers they are not the only ones captured. Torak Ja Kel Coradon cannot believe the three unusual women who save him and his men from certain death. He has other plans when he sees the blue-eyed warrior woman. He will claim her as his and take her to his home on Kassis.
Abducting Abby: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 1
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Series: Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,230. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain. That changes when a strange golden spaceship crash lands on it. Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.Zoran Reykill is leader of the Valdier, a dragon-shifting species. He wakes to find himself in a new world,where his true mate lives. When it is time to return he will not be going alone,he will take Abby.
Tink's Neverland: Cosmos' Gateway Book 1
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Series: Cosmos' Gateway, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,950. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Jasmine “Tinker” Bell has a love for life, looking forward to any new adventure that happens to come along. When a friend’s experiment creates a portal to another world she finds herself swept into a faraway galaxy. J’kar ‘Tag Krell Manok gave up hope of finding his mate. He is surprised when a pint-size female appears on his spaceship. When Tink’s life is in danger, only J’kar can save her.
Hannah's Warrior: Cosmos' Gateway Book 2
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Series: Cosmos' Gateway, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,070. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Hannah Bell spends her time in the remotest parts of the world. When she senses something has happened to her littlest sister, Tink. She doesn’t know her sister’s best friend Cosmos' new science experiment has opened a portal to another world. Borj ‘Tag Krell Manok is ordered to bring Hannah to their world. Borj knows Hannah is his mate. He has to convince her. But, can he protect her?