K. J. Ester


Born and raised in Michigan, I have struggled to survive in the unstable field of automotive design and have seen my career, as well as my life, start from scratch more often than any man should.

I was married in 2003 and that will always be the best day of my life. I have been a life long Detroit Lions fan and am the owner of Michigan Spider, a blog about the spiders we find in Michigan.

In 2003, along with getting married, I learned I had a love for writing fantasy that equaled my love for reading it.

I have never dealt with writers block and I do not believe I ever will, for I have more trouble shutting my imagination down, to sleep at night, than I have prodding it back to life again.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I had started a new job in the automotive engineering field, and was finding myself bored at lunchtimes. I didn't want to play games on my computer every day, so I decided to write a book. I had always wanted to write a Western, but unfortunately I have never found a good map of the west from the 1800's, so if I tried to name towns or hills or whatever, it would be obvious to many readers I didnt know the land. So I decided to write a Fantasy novel. This way I could let my imagination run completely wild and nobody can tell me I was wrong.

As I started writing, I came to a realization. I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Since I was 38 years old, I had a lot of learning to do in a very short time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Failure. Plain and simple. I believed I had it in me to be successful. After writing Hell in a Storm, I believed I had a good story and it just needed a chance, but I could not get even one agent to give the book a reading. I understand why agents go through the query letter process and so on. They would spend too much time reading books from bad writers if they didn't screen them somehow, But in my case, I believe it plays against me.

I have no past of writing. I didn't take any classes and have not won any awards or contests. I have not had any books or short stories printed anywhere. Many agents will not give someone like me as serious a look as they would someone who actually has some credentials, even if I am the better writer.

Another problem I had with query letters and synopsis are that I have a hard time figuring out how to take a hatchet to my story and explain it well in such a short telling. I don't write about one main character. So far my books have three, or more main characters and their stories come together later in the books. I find it very difficult to break that down into a short telling and still make them all sound interesting. Plain and simple, I suck at condensing.

So after failing over and over to get an agent interested, I met another indie author at work who told me about self publishing. When I looked into it on-line, I found some articles about it and I was hooked. If I ever start making enough to quit my real job and write full time, I would not even consider letting an agent take me on, so if there are any agents out there who want my books, they better find me before I get successful on my own.
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Where to buy in print


Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,360. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A shadow rises in the east, swallowing the land in darkness. Inside the shadow is Death, followed by his demons and draining the humans of their souls. Steel cannot touch Death. Even the elementals can't stand against him. If those with the powers of the elements can't stop Death, what can? A young man finds the answer and doesn't even know what it is. In his hands rests the fate of the world.
Michigan Spiders
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,110. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
A guide to the more common spiders that are around us in Michigan. With dozens of different spiders listed and pictures of them as well as information about their descriptions, size, webs and bites. Did you know there is only one truly dangerous spider in Michigan? Do you think you know what it is? You just might be surprised to learn the truth.
The Descent of Darkness
Series: Demon Siege Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,190. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Book-2 of the Demon Siege Trilogy The demon Arkaix, and his brothers from hell, return with the entire Uguchi nation under their control. The heroes of Mazwar return to help the angels defend the human race in a battle that sees new heroes made… and some heroes die.
L-M-A-O Joke Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,140. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
150 Clean jokes that are truly worth laughing at. Not just another joke book filled with stupid humor, but really funny jokes. You will laugh your ass off when you read "LMAO Joke Book". The best part is that these jokes are all Clean Jokes that I would not be ashamed to tell my own Mother! So kick back and be ready to giggle, chuckle and laugh.
The Steakhouse Cowboys
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Brett and Harry are cowboys in the truest sense of the word. They are hard, tough, and serious men who take their jobs and steaks serious.
Hell in a Storm
Series: Demon Siege Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,750. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The King of Mazwar is possessed by the High Demon, Shirakhul, and has initiated a curse that threatens the human race. Their only hope is in the disappearance of the king’s youngest daughter. The angels turn to a few battled hardened men to find the young woman before Shirakhul does. Finding the girl will be dangerous. Keeping her safe is another matter all together. (re-edited 1/27/14)

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