K.J. McFadyen


Kevin McFadyen is a world traveller, a poor eater, a happy napper and occasional writer. When not typing frivolously on a keyboard, he is forcing Kait to jump endlessly on her bum knees or attempting to sabotage Derek in the latest boardgame. He prefers Earl Gray to English Breakfast but has been considering whether or not he should adopt a crippling addiction to coffee instead.

His love for stories started way back in his distant childhood when he enjoyed the classics: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert Aspirin and Lynn Abbey, Ursula Le Guin, Stephen King, Piers Anthony, Clive Cussler, H.P. Lovecraft and a slew more that aren’t currently on the nearby bookshelf. While video and boardgames may have supplanted some of his reading time, Kevin has committed his life and sanity to the crafting of his own narratives.

Having accumulated a number of short stories, this persistent scribbler has published his first book – a steampunk fantasy titled Thyre: City of Smoke and Shadow. His second full length novel – The Clockwork Caterpillar – is coming soon. Kevin continues to share his ideas on writing, media and life in the jointly own blog: Somewhere Post Culture (www.somewherepostculture.com).

Smashwords Interview

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
My coworkers. Who doesn’t want to share their work hours with sorcerers, train pirates, rebellious clones, devious artificial intelligences and world-renowned thieves?
How do you deal with writer’s block?
As trite an answer as it may be, I write. For me, writer’s block is a mental distraction when your mind is trying to simultaneously edit while writing. I’ve found that I have to ignore the question of how good my writing is on a first draft and simply focus on completing my story. Even if I hit a section that isn’t working, I keep going. An unfinished story is useless. A badly written story, however, is fixable.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find K.J. McFadyen online


Character Sketch - Schroeder
Each character sketch is written to give a voice to the different characters on Felicity's crew. This small scene showcases Schroeder and his attitudes towards life.

Character Sketch - Pacal
Each character sketch is written to give a voice to the different characters on Felicity's crew. This second video showcases Pacal, an indigenous man from the far south (think fantasy Mayan) . The scene itself happens before the events of the Clockwork Caterpillar.

Clockwork Caterpillar - Chapter 1 - part 1
Reading of the first half of the first chapter of the Clockwork Caterpillar.

Clockwork Caterpillar - Chapter 1 - part 2
Reading of the first half of the first chapter of the Clockwork Caterpillar.


Cinderborn: A Red Sabre Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,740. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Rail mercenary Felicity Metticia is trying to live by the laws ruling Athemisa. After a transport job lands the crew in the middle of a train battle, Captain Metticia must seek shelter while repairs are completed. However, Mount Royal is anything but a safe port and the crew find themselves besieged on all sides by corrupt officials, brutal gangs and a sinister sect in the second Red Sabre novel.
Synthetic Landscapes Volume 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,560. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Thousand Faces of Buddha ~ Ed is more than a detective in the New Siahl Police Department. He is also the first human clone appointed to such a prestigious office. As such, he is the only officer compelled to look into the burnt remains of an unregistered clone discovered on the streets of the mega-city. But only the most powerful of fingers could restart a process deemed inhumane by...
The Clockwork Caterpilar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,050. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Felicity Metticia is a rail mercenary, making a living on the wild frontiers by running contracts between the two empires. But when the bounty posted by the magnate Bernhard Nikolai becomes more trouble than it’s worth, Felicity must follow-up a dangerous proposition from old connections in order to keep her crew paid and her train engine running. Can she navigate the dangers on these tracks?

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