K. L. Schaefer

Biography

The single most important thing to me is that I’m a writer. Oh sure, I’ve done a lot of other things during my life, but none of those things mean as much to me as this does. However, I'm not trying to earn a living as a writer. All I really want is to have people read what I've written. That's why I have everything free.

I write what I call Anthropological Science Fiction: no hard science, no space ships or galactic empires, and definitely no humans. I prefer to imagine what other sorts of sentient beings on faraway planets might be like, especially ones who reproduce in ways very unlike we do, and then figure out what their societal arrangements might be like as a result.

Of course, truly alien creatures on a very different planet would very likely be so different that we would barely be able to understand them in our own terms. As a result, most Science Fiction "aliens" are really humans in disguise. Mine are no exception to that rule. But instead of the typical "humans land on strange planet and learn about the aliens" plot, I always write from the point of view of my invented creatures and there are no humans involved.

My first two ebooks are rather short, but I now have a full-length novel about yet another type of creature with unusual methods of reproduction. "Walls of Ancient Stone" tells the story of a Rillenu named Daveeka, a childless male of a race of marsupials, where only females and Fathers are of any consequence. He starts out wanting nothing more than the child that will bring him honor and respect, but ends up undermining the walls of tradition and assumption that form the basis of his society.

As for me personally, I live in the Sunny South, not too far from the hurricane-ridden shores of North Carolina, along with my partner, my cat, and a longtime friend.
I can be contacted at KLSchaefer@suddenlink.net I'm always glad to hear from my readers. And, of course, I’d greatly appreciate a review if you enjoyed this ebook.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started as a teen-ager. One of my high school teachers gave us a term project that consisted of writing a short story. Even though I'd been an avid reader from the time I learned how to read, it never occurred to me that I could actually write a story myself. That was something authors did, not something an ordinary person could do. From then on, I was hooked. I scribbled down several stories, but never showed them to anyone else.
Much later on, I ran across STAR TREK fan fiction magazines, and found that there was a market for non-professional writers to have their stories published. From that time on, I wrote fan fiction in numerous universes, but only rarely did I try to write my own original fiction, which mostly got turned down by editors and publishers on the grounds that it was "non-commercial".
Now that ebooks have entered the mainstream, I decided to try again.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As I often say, I write for love, not money. But good writing is often done in your own blood, sweat, and tears, not ink.
My greatest joy is hearing from a reader that one of my novels or stories has meant something to them, just as many other people's writings have meant something important to me.
My greatest pleasure in the actual process of writing is when a new idea emerges in my mind, and I can barely scribble it down fast enough to capture the major points of the idea.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Walls of Ancient Stone
Price: Free! Words: 93,000. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
WALLS deals with one individual's struggle to find a place in his world, when that world puts little value upon him. Share the adventures of a Rillenu named Daveeka, a childless male of a race of marsupials, where only females and Fathers are of any consequence. He starts out wanting nothing more than the child that will bring him honor and respect, but ends up undermining the walls of tradition.
The Caring-Shell
Price: Free! Words: 24,190. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00)
Far far away in another galaxy, on an earthlike planet, there exists a species of mammalian creatures who lay eggs and are functional hermaphrodites. This is the tale of Jilvray of the Clan of Hilvesh. Taken captive by this infamous Clan, ee has long ago given up all hope of escape. Then a new scharn is brought in, a youngster who still longs for freedom and isn’t about to give up without a fight.
Es war einmal auf einer Wolke
Price: Free! Words: 7,710. Language: German. Published: August 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
High in the atmosphere of a gas giant planet, strange creatures live out their lives in the sky. An alien perspective on youth, old age, life, the universe, and everything. Hoch oben in der Atmosphäre eines Gasgiganten führen seltsame Kreaturen Ihr Dasein in den Lüften. Eine fremdartige Perspektive auf die Jugend, das Alter, Leben, das Universum und Alles.
Once Upon A Cloud
Price: Free! Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
High in the atmosphere of a gas giant planet, strange creatures live out their lives in the sky. An alien perspective on youth, old age, life, the universe, and everything. This is a tale told entirely from the point of view of the alien creatures themselves. No hard science, no space ships or galactic empires, and definitely no humans.

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