Kristen Stieffel


I'm a writing coach and have belonged to the Editorial Freelancers Association since 2010. My editing credits include the novels "Winter" by Keven Newsome and "The Education of Amal" by Shirin Humzani, and the Bible study "Beyond the Threshing Floor" by Randye Kimmel-McLemore.

I specialize in helping Christian writers polish their work till it shines. I also enjoy helping business people deliver their messages with the style of a professional writer.

Despite ten years of newsroom experience, I still believe in preserving each writer's unique voice.

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Mighty Fortress
You set the price! Words: 4,940. Language: American English. Published: December 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
An Austrian pastor helps a Jewish family escape the Nazis, but their elderly grandmother must stay behind. He hides her in the church, caring for her and learning from her, until one fateful Christmas Eve.
The Last Buffalo
Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The legendary White Buffalo Calf Woman said that when the last buffalo dies, the world will end. The zookeeper caring for the only remaining American Bison is about to see that prophecy fulfilled.
The Feast of Stevens
You set the price! Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On a space station far from Earth, animal liberationists inadvertently jeopardize thirty-eight innocent turkeys. The station’s cook, Stevens, ensures the fowl shall not have died in vain. In this science fiction Christmas comedy, cultures clash, hearts are won, and dinner is served.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kristen Stieffel

  • I Am Ocilla on May 20, 2012

    A beautiful fairy tale. Literally. Diane Graham brings new life to an old genre, the fairy tale, with her vision of five kingdoms separated and oppressed by a cruel overlord. Her storyworld contains all the old favorites: dragons, fairies, talking animals, evil curses, and true love. The first-person, present-tense voice takes some getting used to, but it totally works. Since Ocilla is an amnesiac, all she has at the outset is her "here and now." As the story progresses, she discovers her world and herself anew. The story is an episodic quest, as Ocilla and her allies travel across the five kingdoms, breaking curses and preparing for the final showdown. It's all wrapped in lyrical, beautiful prose. Vivid sensory details put you right in the story. Most of the story progresses through slow, lyrical periods of discovery alternating with moments of sheer terror. The first 80 or 90 percent of the story proceeds at a measured pace, but the ending comes in a rush -- almost too hurried, leaving some questions unanswered. But this is a quibble. Great story. Great characters. Happy ending. And it has what I've come to see as the essential element of great speculative fiction: a storyworld you'd like to go visit. Often.
  • Star of Justice on Oct. 15, 2013

    An engaging adventure that takes a lot of fantasy tropes and turns them on their heads. The heroine gets a bit annoying in the middle, to the point where you just want to tell her off. Luckily there's another character there to do that for you. There are multiple deceptions and misdirections in this story, but it all comes together in a satisfying ending. I'm ready for the sequel.