Brian Kindall


Brian Kindall writes books – some for kids, some for grown-ups – brimming with the absurdity, beauty, and mystery of life. He crafts his stories to join the finest qualities of literature with large doses of adventure, peopling them with one-of-a-kind characters you won’t soon forget. He is a master at playing humor against pathos, and fairytales against reality, all for the sake of a good (and sometimes quirky) read. He loves mountain climbing and free-diving and his wife and three kids. He lives with them on the shores of a pristine mountain lake, somewhere in the middle of Idaho.

Brian is the author of adult fiction novel, DELIVERING VIRTUE, and middle grade fiction novels BLUE SKY and PEARL.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was eleven. It was spring break and pouring rain and I was stuck indoors with nothing to do. As an escape from the dreariness of my situation, I decided to write a novel. How hard could it be? I liked adventurous stories about boys and animals, so I took those basic elements and set to to work. I wrote longhand, day after day, for hours at a time. I remember getting so lost in the process that I forgot to eat. It was focused, undistracted work - what every writer dreams of. At the end of that rainy week, I had about eighty pages of crimped, nearly unintelligible script telling the plotless story of a boy named Billy who lived alone in the mountains with a bear. I'm sure it was a terrible book, and probably pretty great, too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fame. Wealth. Glory. the usual stuff of one's wildest dreams. But besides that - I've always had my own ideas about writing, and I've always preferred to choose my own path. After all the mistakes have been made and endured along the way, it just means that much more when success finally arrives and you're the one who made it happen. So when independent publishing came along, I thought - Aha! I've been born into the right era! It's important for a person to embrace the opportunities they're given to work with. All the greats were fearless forward movers and thinkers. Sure, it's good to draw from the past. There are timeless lessons to be learned on the dusty byways. But if a writer isn't willing to venture into the brave new world of their own era - independent publishing, in this case - is he or she a writer you really want to be reading anyway? Where's the thrill in a writer who isn't willing to take a chance?
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Where to find Brian Kindall online

Where to buy in print


Sideshow: A Novelette
Price: Free! Words: 13,960. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Meet Didier Rain – that antihero with noble aspirations, that poet with the fickle pen, that eager paramour ever in search of someone to love. This novelette gives us the rogue at his finest as a flawed human being. Prepare yourself to be amused!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Pearl can’t move. She’s never wanted to, until now. Life above the waves beckons to her as she watches the boats moving along the surface of the water above her. Pearl is a statue carved of milk-white stone that has stood on the floor of an ancient sea for a thousand years, but she’s waking up, and she wants more.
Delivering Virtue: A Dark Comedy Adventure of the West, The Epic of Didier Rain Book 1
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,410. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
It's 1854 in the American West and Didier Rain - scalawag, poet, and would-be entrepreneur - is hired by an upstart church to deliver a child bride to the sect's prophet across a frontier fraught with perils. Editor's Choice at Historical Novel Society and Finalist for Literary Fiction Book of the Year at Foreword Reviews.
Blue Sky
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,270. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Wind, snow, rock, and ice are all Blue Sky has ever known. Raised in the highest crags of the Alps by a herd of ibex, her life is mysterious and surreal. From this magical beginning, Sky is gifted in other-worldly ways. But she wants something else. When she rescues a young climber from a stormy peak, she learns of the world of humans, and longs to become a part of it.

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