Kelly Tharp

Biography

Born and raised in Oregon, Igrew up in the college town of Corvallis. An Occupational Therapist of 36 years, my talents include collecting cats like psychotic cat, Rocky (RIP) - closet monster, Tian Tian - giant fur ball with legs, Miss Bee Bee, the bed hog- and newcomer, Andy Cat (A donation to the herd). When I am not trying desperately to learn how to write active voice, a language as foreign as Mandarin, I enjoy painting space pictures from the Hubble telescope and NASA. A trip to see the Shuttle Atlantis take off a few years back let me check off one item on my bucket lis, followed by a trip to Yellowstone ( A must see for everyone). Other interests include Chinese calligraphy, knitting, and gardening – roses especially, plus service to the community via the Lion’s Club International. Every year Iturn into Mrs. Santa Claus for the annual Corvallis Downtown Christmas parade. Telling stories started at an early age with a group of pen pals taking on the persona of Star Trek characters – I was Scotty. I was prevalaged to be allow to sign the nose-cone that flew Jame Doohans ashes up to space, so a part of me got to go on with my beloved Scottsman. My stories have been published in Star Wars Fanzine’s after which I startedmy own full length novels. Writing has been a challange, a dare, and “It keeps me off the streets.” I feel honored that so many people have read and liked my novel, and so will keep on pounding the keys.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In junior high we had a pen-pal group writing each other as Star Trek characters, I was Scotty. I wish my English teachers had allowed me to write about stories that I wanted to write about, then I might have paid more attention in English class. As it was, I started a story based in the Star Trek universe, but was informed if I wanted to publish then it was best to write about my own characters and get a book published first, and then try to enter the over-populated world of Star Trek authors. So, I started the Protectorit about 20 years ago. Went to writing classes, audited English 101 to brush up my skills, and joined a critique group that met once a month. Half way there they said it would be a good exercise to try a short story in first person. So, I wrote "The Fate Winds" around 1995, about Darth Vader. My group liked it and gave me info for submission to a Fanzine out of Aurora Colorado. They liked my story and published it. One year later an all Star Wars Fanzine publisher contacted me and asked if I would write a short story on Darth for her Zine, so I wrote "Dark Memories" 1996. Finally got back to working on the Protectorit after a few years hiatus (was caring for my terminally ill mother, and just couldn't get to that spot in my brain that allows me to fantasize so did a lot of editing then.) And now have three E-books out and working on the third in the Protectorit series and hope to finish up a short sci fi romance.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Protectorit" and "For the Honor of Black Roses" are about a young doctor, Kathleen Mary O'Donnell who wakes up aboard a massive space-ship city and discovers that Earth's heroin is killing people in outer space and that she is telepathically linked to the High Lord General Tammaru Ki, the Protectorit. Tammaru Ki is the genetically engineered, celibate,supreme commander of the galactic military for the Councillorship of the Twelve Expanses, who did not want a woman in his life, never mind his head. When Kathleen is shot in the battle of Nuabi, he knows he can not let her go --- ever. Kathleen survives to discover she has been adopted by the Nuabiene Healer, the Great High Lord Shawimbre, which now makes her the last princess of this noble reptilian race, and to end the Edict against them she must marry into one of the royal galactic Houses, of which the Protectorit is the only eligible member. So, book three which I am working on now continues the story of these two characters, literally from opposite ends of the galaxy, and how they must learn to live together both mentally and in marriage. Kathleen is now a rare woman, one who is allowed into the inner circle of these elite alien warriors. But, the High Lady Desos Pinquad, who's father Tammaru killed in book two, is out for revenge and the Protectorit's weakness is his new wife. Kathleen, once again finds herself in the middle of ancient fueds, intergalactic war, and facing death. Tammaru must face his most terrible nightmare, being helpless to save his new wife from torture and death. But no one counts on what these two such different people can do when called upon to save the galaxy.
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Books

Time Isn't Enough
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,730. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When the local landmark is bought by billionaire Jeffery Domain the whole town is enthralled, but not Julie McKennzie. To her, his appearance heralds a return of her vision of Earth’s destruction and the green lightning only she could see? Who is Jeffery Domain and why is she falling in love with him? Some love takes time, for Julie it took centuries --- and Jeffery Domain has waited long enough.
For The Honor of Black Roses
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Series: The Protectorit, Book 2. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 163,290. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
The sequel to The Protectorit: Dr. O'Donnell is on Nuabi finding a cure for dying race as war comes. Can a drug that kills heal a whole race? The Protectorit comes to Nuabi's aid against House Pinquad and in doing so defies what he was created for; to uphold the laws. War costs them both a loss that will bind their minds, and some say souls, together forever, and together they will become legends.
The Protectorit
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Series: The Protectorit, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 150,040. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 11 reviews)
Heroin is wreaking havoc in the galaxy. Dr. Kathleen O’Donnell must survive light years from the planet she needs to save. But first she must escape from the most powerful man in the galaxy, the Lord General Tammaru Ki, the Protectorit, the one who kidnapped her off Earth. But how, when he can hear her every thought? War is coming to the galaxy and Dr. O'Donnell may be the key to saving it.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kelly Tharp

  • Fire and Earth on May 16, 2013

    I normally read adult fiction but found this this story enjoyable and the two young protagonists learning about themselves and each other were great, each with their own lifes journey. Nice twist on the who's-the-hero story line. Recommended reading for those young folks who want to feel encouraged about becoming all they can be, girl or boy.