M.A. Kropp


M.A. Kropp is a writer and blogger. She writes fantasy and urban fantasy, with the occasional foray into science fiction. She has always loved myths and magic, fairy tales and folklore. She enjoys taking bits and pieces of folk tales and myths and braiding them together into a new idea. Sometimes, she bends the edges of the myth to push or pull it in a new direction. People are the linchpin of it all. She enjoys creating characters that come to life and may become friends (or enemies!) of yours. Most of all, she tries to tell a good story that all readers can enjoy.

She also blogs several times a week at makropp.com. When not writing she is often found serving as Chief Scorekeeper for International Chili Society chili competitions, where she cooked competitively for a number of years. She has also been accused of reading anything and everything that comes in front of her eyes: books, old newspapers, cereal boxes, and, yes, even the instruction manuals that come with things. Most of all she enjoys eating good food, drinking good wine and other spirits, and spending time with good people. She is married, has three grown daughters, four awesome grandchildren, two dogs, and a cat. She lives in southern NY.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually the dog barking! Or coffee brewing! Okay, I guess those aren't really inspiring, are they? I guess it's mainly just the fact that every day is new and fresh, and no matter how bad or unproductive the day before might have been, today is always there for starting over.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ah, too many to list! Neil Gaiman, of course, because he works so often with mythologies and that is a subject I love. Katherine Kurtz, because her Deryni books got me hooked on high fantasy. Terry Brooks and his Shannara stories are also high on the list, as are his Landover novels. Robert A. Heinlein got me into science fiction at an early age- probably too early to be reading some of his stuff, but, well, too late now! Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, and many, many others!
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The Yo-Yo Files
Johnny is a demon-chaser, one of a select group of humans entrusted with keeping the rest of humanity safe from the realms of demons and devils. His partner, Cerise, a half-human, can see the traces of energy, called daemonflash, that mark the presence of an otherworldly creature, even when that creature is hidden from human eyes. Together, they track down the imps, sprites, demons, and occasional devil that attempt to make human lives miserable. Armed with his trusty silver yo-yo and snarky attitude, Johnny’s the one to call when the demons come out to play.


Crossed Wires and Other Very Short Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,310. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Twenty-four very short stories, twelve fantasy and twelve sci-fi. From the future to now, from fairies to androids, from outer space to right next door, each of these short tales can be read in minutes. Explore worlds defined in small spaces, easy to pick up and read when you only have a moment to spare. Crossed Wires and Other Very Short Stories proves that sometimes, less really is more.
The Demon's in the Details
Series: The Yo-Yo Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,170. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Cerise has always known she was half demon. What she didn’t know is how powerful her father is. When her mother dies, she summons her father to tell him, without asking Johnny’s help. Daddy is unimpressed with the news. He just wants to be free, and free is what he gets when Cerise can’t hold him. Johnny and Cerise travel to her home to enlist the help of an old friend in trapping the demon.
Two's Company
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,300. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Medusa “Deuce” Grainger is smart, confident, and as good a pilot as she is a poker player. Now, her AI has downloaded another Personality off a wrecked ship, evidence of tampering is being corrupted, and people have died. Deuce will need to figure out how it all connect, and she needs to do it fast, because more lives are at stake than anyone suspects.
Snake's Alive (Yo-Yo Files #2)
Series: The Yo-Yo Files, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,830. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny's living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what's happening. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.
Five and Daemon (Yo-Yo Files #1)
Series: The Yo-Yo Files, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,890. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. It's a devil of a problem, and Johnny will need every trick his trusty yo-yo can manage, along with some extra help, to rid the town of its demonic problem.
Feed My People
Price: Free! Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short dystopian story centering on the struggle to obtain and deliver food in the wake of severe climate change.
Circle Unbroken
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,930. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Kaili returns to her home planet after five years away to be part of a formal ceremony to install her sister as head of the family mining company. Old resentments and rivalries are causing unrest in the mines, and Kaili and her partner must use all their skills to thwart the plot or it could mean both sisters' lives.
Survival of the Fittest
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
"Survival of the Fittest" is a short novelette, set on Earth after the final environmental collapse. Scientists are genetically engineering food crops to grow in the new world. They also study the lizards that adapted naturally to the harsh conditions. Sam is the product of these experiments, and when the food crops are threatened, Sam will prove to be more than just an experiment.
Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,240. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy