May Koliander


I was born in the States, the outcome of an Oklahoma - Pennsylvania love story, but bred in Europe. My taste for stories started a long time ago with Mom reading to us every evening for hours and giving us free access to the stash of Classics Illustrated a mile high she had thrown into the great ocean liner trunks along with other artefacts, such as vegetable peelers and pie tins, when she decided to cross the seas with her brood. As we grew in years, we graduated from Uncle Wiggly, Uncle Remus and Pogo to the great epics and then on to the world's classics. I still remember my brother's laughter when we got to The Pickwick Papers and must confess I fell asleep during most of The Brothers Karamazov, but was totally enthralled by War and Peace.

I sometimes try to draw up a list of my most loved books, something like a top ten.

It would read - today - like this :

Lolita by V. Nabokov
War With The Newts by K. Capek
God's Grace by B. Malamud
Anna Karenin by L. Tolstoy
La Soif et Autres Nouvelles by Ivo Andritch
Ferdydurke by W. Gombrowicz

The Barsoom Novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Things They Carried by T. O'Brien
Le Testament Français by Andreï Makine
A Good Man is Hard to find and Other Stories by F. O'Connor
Us by E. Zamiatine
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Of course, it's easy to remember the works that have marked generations. However, we don't only feed on 'literature' - there are myriads of other books out there of a less lofty nature that we have read and thoroughly enjoyed, but whose titles or authors have faded from our memory. So, the big blank space in the middle of the list is for all those writers whose work has given me countless hours of excitement and pleasure - writers of genre fiction.

One day, however, the unthinkable happens - you reach for a book and after a few pages, you let if fall back down. It's not what you wanted - the shoe doesn't fit - so you pick up another and it happens again… Then there's only one thing left to do - sit down at your computer and start writing…

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
First I thought I had to create a design myself...So I tried to take pictures that could be of use. However, my very first story being Athalinda and the Dragon's Pearl... snapping pictures proved difficult.There is always a first time, as we all know, and after pestering friends to draw dragons and pearls... and trying to do so myself with largely unsatisfactory results, I finally did the obvious - keyed in "e-book covers" on my computer and suddenly there were droves of them to choose from shimmering on the screen.
Of course, adopting a cover without giving it at least a little tweak was out of the question, but as I'm a real klutz when it comes to using the computer in a creative way, I have been shamefully taking advantage of my significant other's skills... Without him, I probably wouldn't be writing this right now...
What do you read for pleasure?
My full time job and writing now take up most of my time, but I really enjoy reading New Scientist. The world around us is an incredibly complex and fascinating place and their articles help you delve deeper into reality...
Read more of this interview.


The Dragon's Pearl
Atomic blasts in America and Kazakhstan created groups of Nufreaks who settled down in Destiny, a seemingly quiet Pennsylvania town. But violence and discrimination is rife under the surface. Athalinda, a resolute but troubled young woman fights at their side for their rights, while endeavoring to pierce the mystery of her origins – a quest that will take her half across the world.

Welcome to Freakdom

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Freaky Pearl

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Freak Away!

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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,630. Language: American English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Young biologist Arya hits the jackpot when Professor Drake, the world-renowned specialist in regrow medicine chooses her to head a lab in a brand-new research facility in a Middle-Eastern country. However, she soon discovers that the Nawen research facility and the desert harbor lethal dangers. Can Arya outwit her enemies and thwart a project that involves much more than her own survival ?
The Cave of Treasures
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,640. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Blind greed had compromised the processes underpinning life on Earth. Something had to give. When the Second Angel sounded his trumpet, the upheaval was panoptic and the world as we know it vanished. Survivors struggled to chart a new course for their lives as the powerful Krateor emerged ruling unchallenged over the K-towns until Violeta gave birth to Dimitar in Kyros.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,040. Language: American English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Céleste rashly takes on the mission entrusted to her by the doctor who is striving to perfect a cure for the disease that killed her mother. In the Bavarian Alps, her carefully laid plan goes haywire. On the run, she finds shelter on the island of Olor and embarks on a voyage of self-discovery. But events take a sinister turn when an unexpected ally makes her face the web of lies ensnaring her.
Freak Away!
Series: The Dragon's Pearl, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,310. Language: American English. Published: January 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ivan, the man Athalinda loves, has vanished. Heartbroken, she sets out to seek the Dark Castle in the Carpathian Mountains. She accepts Eugene’s help, although she suspects Ivan’s brother-in-arms of having a secret agenda. .Meanwhile, back home, the dwindling Nufreak community is rejoicing as new blood lines have been found but then a mysterious plague brought back from the Thar desert breaks out.
Freaky Pearl
Series: The Dragon's Pearl, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,740. Language: American English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
To uncover the truth about her birth Athalinda labors up the Tien Shan Mountains, heading for the Garden of Life with Ivan and one of his scouts. She is still uncertain what to make of her companion when, on a stopover in London, on the way home, she meets his blood-brother Evgueni and his dogsbody, Anghel. Fortunately for her, Anghel's devotion will boundless once he gets a taste of her blood.
Welcome to Freakdom
Series: The Dragon's Pearl, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,240. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Do you know what forces brought you into being ? Are you sure ? Athalinda discovers reality has many faces when she tackles the guilty secrets lying in wait in the Gothic room and strikes out on a quest. But she will not be alone as she struggles to decipher the past. Fate weaves Frank, a wolfish ex-lover and Ivan, a Russian warrior turned businessman into the warp and weft of her tale.
Love Code
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,590. Language: American English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Twins but worlds apart… Enter the fray with Ice Maid Evangeline as she is pitted against the glamorous Juliet by her twin's tycoon lover - an enigmatic puppet master. At stake are the master gamer's exclusive attentions. Which sister will score as, caught in his clutches, they tear at each other ?

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