Kristen Taber


Born in Bangor, Maine, author Kristen Taber spent her childhood at the feet of an Irish storytelling grandfather, learning to blend fact with fiction and imagination with reality. She lived within the realm of the tales that captivated her, breathing life into characters and crafting stories even before she could read.

Those stories have since turned into over a hundred poems, several short tales, and five manuscripts in both the Young Adult and Adult genres. Currently, Ms. Taber is completing the five-part Ærenden series from her home office in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I've worked with the same cover artist for the past two years, so I've developed a good collaborative process with him. Initially, I give him a loose outline of what I have in mind, along with the synopsis of my book, and he sends back sketches of his ideas. After careful dialogue back and forth (looping in a few close, trusted friends), we settle on a design. Then we go back and forth a few more times as the final cover comes together. A finished product typically takes several months, but it's worth it to get art that not only represents the book, but shows a higher level of creativity than a standard cut-and-paste job in Photoshop. After all, it's hard not to judge a book by its cover, even though we're warned against the practice.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
#1-3: The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. I got my first taste of Epic Fantasy during a summer babysitting job my junior year of high school. I had never experienced a world so well-developed before, and I haven't since. Tolkien is truly the master of fantasy.

#4: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. While this isn't my favorite book in the Harry Potter series, it makes my top 5 all time books because Rowling truly got the world talking about reading again. She has a delightful imagination that touches the young and experienced alike, which is probably why people will be reading her books a few hundred years from now. She is the one-in-a-million type of author I think we all wish we could be.

#5: The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is one of my absolute favorite authors. His poetry and stories always hold equal sway over me, delivering me beyond his words and into the worlds he created. I held my breath the first time I read this book, and I still do years later and after a dozen additional reads. Plus, he has a major creepy factor that still chills me to the bone. I love that.
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Where to find Kristen Taber online


Aerenden: The Zeiihbu Master
Series: Aerenden, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,140. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Separated and on opposite sides of Ærenden, Nick and Meaghan face different missions that could change the balance of power forever. While Meaghan attempts to rescue Caide, Nick trains the villagers to fight. But when his pursuits uncover a dark secret, he realizes the Mardróch might not be Meaghan’s greatest threat. The enemy most likely to kill her is someone who once promised to keep her safe.
Aerenden: The Gildonae Alliance
Series: Aerenden, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,500. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Several months after Meaghan’s return to Ærenden, the kingdom’s war has taken a turn for the worse. The Mardróch army hunts the King and Queen, destroying villages in its wake. And Meaghan and Nick, training for battle in their remote section of wilderness, are far from safe. Each day is a fight to survive. But in the end, only one threat matters. And it’s a threat they never see coming.
Aerenden: The Child Returns
Series: Aerenden, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,710. Language: American English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After witnessing her parents' brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures, Meaghan narrowly escapes the same fate. When her best friend confesses that both she and the creatures come from another world, she's left with only one choice: return to her homeland of Ærenden or face death. Although the answer seems easy, she soon learns that nothing in Ærenden is as simple as it appears.

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