J. Kirsch


I write about strong heroines who face tough obstacles and work with what they have, often using humor as a deadly weapon. In my fantasy novels sometimes that involves destroying six-eyed monsters, cruel sorcerers, or the occasional vengeful imp, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. I live and adventure in the Carolinas with a fearless spouse and noticeably cute canine. As a librarian I promote fantasy and science fiction to readers of all stripes, usually with excellent results. I am also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Smashwords Interview

Who are some of your favorite authors or books?
The first science fiction or fantasy book that really captivated me was David Gemmel's The King Beyond the Gate. It was this epic adventure story told with grit, where ideals had to strive beside the ugly side of human nature. It had this ragtag group of people coming together around a common purpose not by some divine prophecy, but because of a combination of history, personal choices, and dumb luck. It was high fantasy, but without the vanilla themes or lazy storytelling you sometimes expect. That's the kind of richness which draws me to a lot of amazing authors and books.

This would probably be my Hall of Fame list to recommend to anyone who wants to read great fantasy or science fiction:

C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series
Guy Gavriel Kay's books
Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy
Impulse by Steven Gould
Neanderthal by John Darnton
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Not knowing what in the real world is going to inspire the next idea for a story so that I can get at some truth that, just maybe, people in the real world don't want to acknowledge. I think the best authors can be inspired by the smallest things. Maybe a simple idea snowballs into something incredible.

J.R.R. Tolkien began The Hobbit with a few scribbles at his teaching desk, never knowing what it would become. I guess that's what inspires me. Knowing that each day I write something new, there's no telling where it might end up or who's life might be touched by it.
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Where to find J. Kirsch online


Crysalis: Vira's Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,380. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Vira is a young woman hunted in a post-apocalyptic underground society, and there's only one rule: people are expendable. Luckily Vira's not the fragile, glass slipper wearing type, and she's not entirely human either. What's in her brain might just get her killed, but not if she and a young bouncer named Damian have anything to say about it.
The Princess Who Defied Kings
Price: Free! Words: 57,300. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Betrayed by justice, what would you do? Princess Najika of the White Kingdom is no pampered princess, but when her wedding night with the Red Knight leads to a terrible crime, it shatters her world, banishing her to a place ruled by a man known to be mad and cruel. With pluck and courage Naji is determined to survive, but with a queen wanting her dead, she'll need all the friends she can get.
The Princess Who Wouldn't Die
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,630. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Princess Naji never dreamed that her fairy tale ending would land her here: Accused of murdering her new husband, her guilt cannot be denied. But when she's sent on a journey of banishment, her raw determination, a new friendship, and the help of an unlikely man may just be enough to overthrow fate.
Crysalis: Beginnings
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Price: Free! Words: 18,350. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the distant future, the last remnants of humanity huddle in fragmented societies deep below ground, struggling to stay alive while threatened with inconceivable dangers. Three strong women from three different cultures are on intersecting paths, heading towards a fateful meeting which may well be mankind's only hope for survival…
Souls of Fate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,460. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kuan Shano thought he was just a cold, calculated killer, but the more he starts to think for himself, the more he considers the unthinkable. Will he be willing to risk everything to save a girl marked for death by the same government who created him?
The Human Insurgency
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,060. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Skye is just an ordinary young woman, but after an alien invasion shocks the world she and a disillusioned Chinese politician may be humanity's best hopes.
Tales from Omega Station: Omnibus Edition
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,960. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Omega Station, the Rock. A barren, airless asteroid on the outermost edge of the galaxy, home of the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor. The upper levels are safe, comfortable, secure or as secure as anyone can be on Omega Station. The lower levels, now; are home to the detritus of numerous alien species, all living in uneasy juxtaposition, fighting, loving, eating - and being eaten.
Tales from Omega Station: Betrayal
Price: Free! Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
They're getting ready to blow him out the airlock, but Esric has other plans.
Tales from Omega Station: Abduction
Price: Free! Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
What starts out as innocent adventure takes a brutal turn when corporate enemies of Kyrena's father decide to use her as collateral damage. Kyrena gets more than she bargained for, but she meets a guy who just might make the difference...and steal her heart.

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Smashwords book reviews by J. Kirsch

  • A Dilemma of Dark and Dangerous Dimensions on Nov. 28, 2013

    The author creates a rich world in which Cyn embarks on a dangerous mission...but as the reader soon discovers, a clear-cut quest about good and evil suddenly becomes complicated. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for fantasy with a dose of mystery. McAbee's writing is also polished and flows well, shaping a world you want to stay in longer and longer with each page read.
  • Optical Orifice of the Beholder on Feb. 13, 2014

    This story shows an interesting alien perspective. The contrast between how the humans view the aliens and vice versa is outright hilarious at times.
  • Lord Ghul and the Rat Princes on April 09, 2014

    A gripping story which channels the best aspects of Conan the Barbarian, with a finesse that will pique your curiosity and make you want to follow Barin's adventure to the end. Things in Koresh L'dar are definitely not what they seem...
  • The Wild, Wild Quest: Book One on April 28, 2014

    Bax, Matthew and Cordelia were some of my favorite characters. Throughout the book there is an intriguing balance of fantasy and conflict reminiscent of the Old West. It has what is probably my favorite rescue scene of all time. The narrative appealed to me because of its fast-paced adventure. Johnson delivers just as promised.
  • Shadows of the Ancients on Aug. 12, 2014

    One sexy, witty, enticingly snarky wolf girl? Check. A unique take on werewolf power and relationship dynamics? Check. This is an overall fun read with dialogue that will have you laughing out loud at times and raising your eyebrows at others. In one evening I ran across this deliciously wolfy paranormal book, and a few hours later I had to buy book #2 and #3 in the series. Yes, it's THAT good. If you like Patricia Briggs or Jeaniene Frost, you will enjoy Ms. Butler's writing.