Christopher Kesting


Christopher Kesting is the author of four novels. His debut novel, the futuristic sci/fi thriller Rubicon Harvest (October 2008) was followed by Thrones for the Innocent (June 2009), a paranormal tale of justice, fate and spiritual faith. His third novel, Envar Island (November 2011), is an epic science-fiction adventure that has also been adapted into an award-winning screenplay and is awaiting possible production. Kesting's most recent novel, This Garden of Souls (December 2013), is an existential mystery that challenges the way we perceive ourselves and our realities. It re-defines the concepts of human awareness, freewill and the Origin of Man through intricate analysis of the synchronicity that exist between every human interaction.

Mr. Kesting’s non-writing career is as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). He has been practicing anesthesia for nearly 15 years, but writing creatively for as long as he can remember. Chris is originally from the Chicagoland area, but has called western Michigan home for over ten years.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing? What compels you to write? To keep writing?
I’ve written creatively for as long as I can remember: Fragments of stories on reams of theme paper gathering dust in old boxes and footlockers. The impetus for my journey to finally become published came after reading one too many recycled stories from ‘national best selling authors’. One day, I’d just had enough. I put one particular piece of poorly researched medical drama down after 100 pages and told myself that I could—should—take on the challenge. Enough people told me over the years that I had the talent; and besides, how much worse could my efforts be? Really?
So, upon my return from all-expense paid government sponsored vacation to Iraq in 2003—with my life refocused—I set out to write my first full-length novel: Rubicon Harvest. My goal was simply to write the type of books that I’d like to read. After a long and arduous journey; it seems that my perseverance has paid off. Wings ePress gave me a chance in 2008 and now I’m making the most of it. I’m still having fun and will continue to write until someone tells me I ought to stop.
I want my stories to be readable speculative fiction. The bulk of today’s sci/fi is laden with so much dense math, fringe philosophies and pretentious science that modern authors tend to alienate the average reader. Personally, I’m not a fan of the epic world building tomes that force the reader to slog through pages of detailed alien archeology just to find a lukewarm plot that fizzles far before it pops. I like speculative stories with a distinct human flair—something anyone can immediately relate to.
Who are your favorite authors? Who inspires you?
I draw inspiration from many sources; but the authors I most revere are the grand storytellers of my youth. I grew up reading Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. In time, I ventured into the darker, more multi-layered realms of Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and Robert Heinlein. I always try to insert a small hidden homage to these masters in all of my books; whether through some obscure allusion in narrative or dialogue, or maybe even something as blatant as naming a character. Envar Island is probably the most fun I’ve had in honoring these classic geniuses. You won’t have to dig too far in this story to find a humble nod to the grandfathers of science fiction. I’ll read anything nowadays, in hopes of discovering a new voice. But I tend to fall back on Dean Koontz, Greg Iles or Dennis Lehane for my guilty indulgences.
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Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00 from 1 review)
Inquisition is a short story that introduces the epic tale of Man and God and their insatiable quest for one another. This is the inspiration for Kesting's latest novel: This Garden of Souls
A Small Measure of Anxious Grace
Price: Free! Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A small girl, racked with persistent and paralyzing anxiety, shows us that our perceptions of the world are far narrower than we could ever imagine. In fact, the world we experience is but a veneer over the real world. She alone holds the perceptive ability to see what we cannot. And perhaps warn us, should the need arise.

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  • Christmas Eva on Feb. 05, 2014

    A personal and throat-clenching tale that exposes as much as inspires. Clark has shown unabashed courage in addressing perhaps the most powerful of human fears: our accountability in the face of mortality. Christmas Eva not only brings us closer to our own inevitability but also opens a door to a deeper emotional adventure soon to come...