Stephan Michael Loy

Biography

Stephan Michael Loy has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and an advanced degree in Art Education. He is a military veteran, having served five years in Armor and Cavalry commands in Europe and the United States. He uses all of these experiences in the stories he creates. He has published multiple novels and novellas on Smashwords that can also be found in print at Lulu.com and Amazon, among other online sources. Go to stephanloy.com to easily find these books in print or ebook formats.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Indianapolis plays an important role in much of my writing. It is the primary setting of Last Days and Times and is actually an important "character" in Conqueror's Realm. I've spent much of my life in this mid-sized city, and I prefer to write about places I've actually been rather than places I looked up on Google Earth. Not that I haven't traveled. Washington, DC, Chicago, London and the genteel, rolling environs of central Germany also feature heavily in my work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first complete story I ever read was Space Cat, by Ruthven Todd. My mom took me to the public library to get my first card, and that was the story they let me check out, provisionally until my card came in the mail. I was five years old. This book, a bit above my reading level, was to me a magnum opus of literature. I have read that book at least four times, even as an adult reading it to my young boys. The only book I've read more would be Anna Karenina. Space Cat demonstrated to me the heights the imagination could reach. I wouldn't be surprised if elements of Space Cat could be found deep in the DNA of my space fantasy Shining Star, certainly in my upcoming Galactic Geographic.
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Books

Fiona Street
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,090. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Through advanced electronics and neuroscience, a special operations agent is paired mentally with an alley cat. Her skills and the predatory instinct of the cat combine to make her the most feared and efficient agent in the world. Her first mission is to bring down her employer, the special prosecutor for the United States government. Think Ghost in the Shell meets The Six-Million-Dollar Man.
Blood and Water
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,850. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Egypt, 8000 years ago. A god dies. His soul does not. Men quest into the world to find it. This is Blood and Water, a high fantasy novella that explores the mystery and power of man's relationship to his environment. Unlike nature, man can choose the manner of his existence. Will he kill by the sword, or live by his reason? Sometimes, that choice is one of faith. An Isis Wept adventure.
Walter Cheatham's Cannibal Christmas
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Walter Cheatham is a detective, a finder of lost things. Today, Christmas, he’s busy finding a kidnapped ten-year-old girl. Time is a factor, for this child is invited to her captors’ Christmas dinner – as the entrée. In a stranges dystopian world where death and horror color a dull, gray existence, Walter must learn what truly matters when not even life has value.
I'll Be Home for Christmas
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas is good cheer, nog, and family get-togethers. Often, those reunions are strained. How much more tense might the holiday dinner become if you add space travel, time dilation, and alien influences into the mix? Charlese Tilbrenner and Bernie Oldman, heroes of Stephan Michael Loy's upcoming novel Galactic Geographic, are about to find out. A heartwarming comedy on the meaning of Christmas.
A Conroy Christmas
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,260. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Chris Snow, local philosopher and counter boy at a seedy hardware store, joins forces with Frank Keith, now a patrolman for the Conroy Police, to prevent an abomination against human rights grown in their own back forty. Along with perennial screw-up Clarence Mumfry, the two find themselves dragged into a metaphor they only barely realize and cannot necessarily believe.
Ridealong
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,440. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Frank Keith, sheriff of Conroy County, embarks on the strangest day of his life, and you ride along. Before a background of political upheaval, economic uncertainty, and a slew of disappeared family pets, Keith must puzzle out mysterious speeding super cars, a yard full of gore, and monsters among the crops. Regardless of what comes at him, Keith knows this day defines his whole existence.
Conqueror's Realm
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 245,070. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the mid-twenty-first century, the United States goes through a fundamental change. White people are now only the largest minority in America. Will they surrender power to the coalition to follow, or fight “to keep what’s theirs”? So begins a violent game of chess played for the soul of a nation. Conqueror's Realm is a deft warning that there can be no justice unless justice is for all.
Bug Hunt
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,630. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Mars didn't work out. After all the excitement of the unmanned probes, the first manned mission to the red planet ended in failure. On top of that, redeployment back to Earth failed. Twice. Now the frazzled crew, wounded by creeping misanthropy, squalid living conditions, and the violent death of one of their own, must deal with monsters of their own creation. Happy Halloween!
Shining Star
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 105,330. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Mankind has wandered in space for 4000 years. If not for the Church, the human race would have winked out long ago. But Church is a theocratic tower of lies. Miranda St. Billart discovers the lie and seeks to expose it. She is opposed by an invincible army, but nonetheless undergoes her quest, for freedom from oppression lives in truth, and truth has never been owned by the state.
Isis Wept
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Egypt, 8000 years ago. The gods make war upon one another, mankind caught in the pincers of their conflict. On one side, Isis, goddess of life, strives to save her murdered love and the civilization he built. She stands against Set, the evil god of storms. who killed her husband in jealousy. Kingdoms fall in this epic romance, and the balance of power between gods and men is altered forever.
Last Days and Times
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 122,210. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 11 reviews)
The world lurches toward nuclear Armageddon. A mysterious evangelist-gone-terrorist with supernatural origins hopes to usher in a biblical apocalypse using stolen atomic warheads. Three stand against him, a seer of good and evil, her academic beau, and a disaffected FBI agent. All these may be emissaries of God, but who, in these times, does God truly favor? A supernatural urban thriller.

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Smashwords book reviews by Stephan Michael Loy

  • Kiss Chronicles on March 29, 2013

    This is really good stuff. Often poignant, often cheeky, always witty and always engaging, Virginia Sanders weaves a story that is a microcosm of Internet-age, post-millennial dating. Everybody's been there, and sometimes we didn't want to be there. Sometimes, we didn't want to leave. One thing's for sure, from chapter 1 of Kiss Chronicles, you'll find yourself cheering for the Everygirl, and hoping the story keeps on keeping on, and feeling a guilty pleasure in it.