Interview with Karen Reis

What are your five favorite books, and why?
First, I love Jaran by Kate Elliot because she builds this complete world that draws me in. She makes me love and cry every time I read it. That for me is the hallmark of a great book. Second, I love C.J. Foreigner series because I never tire of watching her character Bren walk a razor wire of politics and pull brilliant dialogue out of his butt. Third, Kristin Cashore's Fire, because that character is so strong yet so fragile at the same time, and the love interest grows so sweetly in the midst of a violent setting. Fourth, Home Mountain by Jeanne Williams. It's a historical novel about a girl who raises her siblings and has a backbone like nails, yet is conflicted with feelings of worthlessness due to her upbringing. Fifth, I love Julie Czerneda's A thousand Words for Stranger. The main character is unique, but I really love the hero, Jason,who is both hard and gentle, and loyal to the end.
When did you first start writing?
In the 6th grade, we were given a list of themes to choose to write about in my reading class. I remember I picked the theme "A lump under the rug." I was in love with Star Trek Voyager at the time, and turned my story into a fan fiction about an alien that hid under the carpet of a starship. It was about 60 or so hand-written pages long, which my teacher thought was fantastic. After I finished that story, I just kept going in my own time with new ideas.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write what I like to read, and frankly, the publishing companies out there just aren't publishing good (in my opinion) science fiction anymore. I don't want some middle man judging my work - that's for the readers to do. So I became an indie author.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My cellphone, because I'm never without it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, hands down. For me sci-fi is the story of life set in the future, so it should have all the elements of life: humor, action, romance, and grief. Stories that make me laugh and cry and fall in love in the setting of space are what I gravitate to again and again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They have given me a great website that allows readers to download my books in all the major formats, access to the major ebook sellers, and help and advice on making my book a great looking ebook. Smashwords is exactly what the little guys out there like me need to get seen and heard.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go to goodreads.com, which is has a nice search engine, or my public library's website.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth, and frankly just putting my stories out there on as many platforms as I can.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. I don't really think my location influenced me much, but my family definitely did. My sisters also love to read and they would write their own stories which I, as their much younger, nosy sister, would sneak and read unbeknownst to them. I imitated them, and started writing my own stories in the 6th grade. I haven't stopped since.
Describe your desk
Since I write mostly on my laptop, my desk is my bed, or the floor, or wherever is comfortable and quite. Once in a while I will sit at a desk like a grown up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a stay at home mom, so I'm cleaning and cooking. I drive my son who is on the autism spectrum to his therapy and get training myself on how to be a good autism parent, so that takes up a chunk of my afternoons several times a week. I dabble in learning to play the violin, because it's sound just moves me. I play games with my kids, and proof-read my husband's school papers (he's going back to college at the moment). And then there's always a new book, or an old book, that needs to be read.
Published 2017-05-15.
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Books by This Author

The Unfortunate Survival of Peter Cunningham
Price: Free! Words: 34,610. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Lindsay Cunningham goes through the motions of life until the effects of another person’s choice forces her into waking up, because you can’t run for your life if you live like you're dead. So she runs - straight into a witch trial, a cave of wonders, and a man with secrets who wants to both use her and protect her.
No Explanations
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,060. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.80 from 10 reviews)
I am not a parrot. I am not a child. I am not stupid. I am an independent spacer, the successful captain of a cargo hauler, who just so happens to have autism. I do not like loud noises, smelly food or pets. That’s it. That’s all. So please, stop calling me a hero.