R.L. Kiser


R.L. Kiser is the author of the Tales of the Crystal Trilogy (Crystal Fire, The Last Battle, The Twelve Tablets), The Prophecy Of Tara (A Mystical Fantasy), the Educated Injun series (Educated Injun, Chicago Chase), and Exile-A SciFi Adventure, which received a five star review and made the first cut of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. All are available as eBooks or Paperbacks.
Born in Idaho, raised in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles he's been a musician, a Hollywood taxi driver, a computer programmer, a single parent, ran his own Internet marketing business, and is an avid (novice) bicyclist. He does his own bicycle maintenance and repair. He holds an associate's degree in computer science. He currently resides in Sparks, Nevada with 3 computers, 4 bicycles, and a 12 year old Mercedes SUV (no, that does not stand for Small Ugly Vehicle).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the mountains of Idaho but spent fourteen years in Tucson, Az, where I graduated High School. But I really consider that I 'grew up' in Los Angeles. I was intrigued by science fiction, my first experience was with the grand master, Issac Asimov, and I started writing at age 14. I discovered that I had a talent with the written word. But life got in the way, Vietnam, rock n' roll (musician), marriage, raising a child as a single parent, prison, and just surviving life in general.

I was in a situation where I had a lot of time on my hands. Robert Aspirin (of Myth Conceptions, Another Fine Myth fame) edited and published a series of stories by his followers and that inspired me to begin writing again. He wrote fantasy, I wrote a western. Totally unconnected, but the writing influence and motivation was there. I have no idea why a western, I don't (or didn't) even read them. The ideas flowed, I wrote. And they turned out really well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional brick & mortar publishing is really difficult to get into. You can't get anywhere without a literary agent, and I couldn't find an agent interested in my stuff. Self-publishing had become the latest thing, thanks to Amazon and Smashwords. Self-promotion is the most difficult part of self-publishing, even compared to all the hard work of writing, editing, proofing, covers, etc. Getting people to know about your work on a zero budget is an impossible task.
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Where to find R.L. Kiser online

Where to buy in print


The Prophecy of Tara
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,850. Language: American English. Published: March 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
An ancient Power, corrupted nobles, a vibrant young warrior woman and a monumental task against insurmountable odds.
Crystal Fire
Series: Tales of the Crystal. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,810. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
This epic fantasy is a tale of extraordinary people in extraordinary times, overcoming adversity and finding new strengths.
The Twelve Tablets
Series: Tales of the Crystal. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,450. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this fantasy of sorcerers, heroes, and villains amazing discoveries are made in the deep desert. An epic battle between good and evil will keep you glued to the pages.
Educated Injun
Series: Educated Injun. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,560. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
A Harvard educated Indian placed by the federal judge who raised him into the lawless western territories.
The Last Battle
Series: Tales of the Crystal. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,400. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
An epic tale of magic and warriors in a desperate race against superior forces to save the center of all civilization.
Chicago Chase
Series: Educated Injun. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,940. Language: American English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 1 review)
A killer leads three lawmen a merry chase into dangerous renegade Kiowa territory. How will they get out of this one?
Exile-A SciFi Adventure
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,900. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A 6'5" starship captain flees a lost war and lands on Earth in 1600s feudal Japan. Imagine the possibilities!

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