Lorinda J Taylor


A former catalogue librarian, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but has only recently begun to publish. Her main goal is to write entertaining and compelling fiction that leaves her readers with something to think about at the end of each story.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us something about your background and education.
I was born in Colorado and I’m a retired professional librarian. My mother majored in Romance languages and taught high school Spanish and English, so from her I got my love for languages and I learned how to write correct English. I graduated from Colorado College in 1961 and went on to earn an M.A. in English from Cornell and an M.L.S. from UCLA. I also did additional graduate work toward a Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas while I worked in their rare book library.
When and why did you start writing?
I always made up stories and worlds, but I didn’t write any serious fiction until I read J.R.R. Tolkien at the age of 29. I was inspired when I realized that even serious and respected scholars like Tolkien could devote their lives to creating amazing worlds. I wrote high fantasy from 1969 until 1983, sending out materials to publishers but never having success. Then family considerations caused me to stop writing for 17 years. I didn’t start again until 2000, when I had the freedom to write again – and a computer to make it easier!
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Lorinda J. Taylor's Book Trailer for Termite Books
All the covers of my books where my intelligent extraterrestrial termites appear!


The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Four: Survivor
Series: The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 190,740. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Biographical
Capt. Nikalishin continues to struggle with loneliness, misunderstandings, and dissatisfaction in spite of his friends’ efforts to help him. He takes increasing refuge in alcohol. Meanwhile, the officials of the new interstellar program wait for him to prove himself still capable of commanding a starship. Will Robbin Nikalishin’s “core of character” save him. or is his life really at an end?
The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Three: Bird of Prey
Series: The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 168,520. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When the woman of his dreams abruptly re-enters Robbin Nikalishin’s life, he woos and weds her, in sequences filled with both comedy and pathos. The Captain was hoping to find a soul mate to assuage his loneliness. Will this radical alteration in his life really be the answer to his difficulties? Or will the marriage turn out to be a disastrous and even tragic mistake?
The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Two: Wounded Eagle
Series: The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 212,970. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Biographical
In this second part of Capt. Robbin Nikalishin’s biography, the responsibility for the space disaster in Part One is determined and Prf. Eiginsh’s mystifying behavior is explained, while the Captain attempts to recover from the devastating aftereffects of the disaster. The resolution is bittersweet; will the Captain ever become capable of coping fully with the damage that was done to him?
The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part One: Eagle Ascendant
Series: The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 172,230. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Biographical
Robbin Haysus Nikalishin was born on 31 October 2729 and became the first starship Captain to make contact with extraterrestrials. This book recounts the early life of this man who became one of Earth’s greatest heroes. All heroes are human beings and all human beings are flawed, and the man the Earth will come to know as “Capt. Robbie” was a very human man.
Children of the Music
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,040. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Land between the Mountains and the Sea had belonged to the Siritoch since time before memory. Now these peaceful, pastoral people who worship Music are confronted by the Epanishai, a warlike people who are being pursued by an even more warlike tribe and who are looking for a place to claim as their own. When two such people clash together, who has the most to lose?
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, The Sequel: The Buried Ship at the End of the World
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,950. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Is’a’pai’a and the remaining Companions set out to complete the Quest for the Golden Fungus, retracing the voyage of Ek’dai’daim’a. Will they succeed in navigating the Wandering Rocks and the Closing Gate? Can they find the Fortress at the End of the World where the Golden Fungus grows? And what fate awaits Is’a’pai’a after it returns home to Hwai’ran’chet?
Fathers and Demons; Glimpses of the Future
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,390. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In the 28th century, Earth’s first mission to the stars is about to depart. The crew takes a pre-launch holiday to attend the wedding of a Judish crewmember, an excursion that proves enlightening in many ways. The mission’s Chief Engineer, however, heads to his own home to try to lay his personal demons to rest; scientific advancements do not guarantee the perfect functioning of the human mind.
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume Six: The Revenge of the Dead Enemy
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, v.6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,910. Language: Australian English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
As the Quest for the Golden Fungus makes its way westward, the Champion of Peace must confront an old foe before certain prophecies can be fulfilled, bringing the Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head to an unexpected and tragic end.
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume Five: The Wood Where the Two Moons Shine
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, v.5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,990. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In the Hidden Fortress Is’a’pai’a at last learns of its origin and of the destiny for which it was hatched – to save its home from a tyrant and its evil Sorcerer/Seer. However, after the Companions complete the Quest to reach the sea, they find themselves caught up in the Quest for the Golden Fungus, which is set to launch toward the Islands of the West as the volume concludes.
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume Four: Beneath the Mountain of Heavy Fear
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, v.4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,790. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
As the Companions continue the Quest, they meet the 9th Companion, an eccentric Alate named Bu’gan’zei who practices a strangely hypnotic type of word craft and who has visited the World Beyond. Bu’gan’zei agrees to guide Ki’shto’ba and its friends to the Mountain, where the Champion can seek resolution for its guilt and where Is’a’pai’a’s personal quest can finally begin.
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume Three: The Valley of Thorns
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, v.3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,960. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Ki’shto’ba and its Companions return to Marcher lands to fight alongside A’zhu’lo and the High Commander in defense of the fortress of Wei’loi’bao’cha. However, the enemy is treacherous, resulting in a debacle.
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume Two: The Storm-Wing
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, v.2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,200. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Champion Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head and its Companions set out across the Nu'wiv'mi Marsh. They are soon forced to do battle with the Marsh Guardians, huge sauro-avians that attack from the air. Ki'shto'ba lops off the leg of the King-Bird but fails to kill him, with ominous consequences. As the Quest continues, Ki'shto'ba slays more monsters and the Companions spend time among the Marchers.
The Blessing of Krozem
Price: Free! Words: 9,050. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this fantasy novelette a spirit being called a Troi suggests to the Headman of Greivat Fastness that he might ask the Dreamers for immortality. But when the Headman approaches the aged Shrine Guardian Gilzara with a request for help in summoning the correct Zem, things do not turn out quite as planned.
The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume One: The War of the Stolen Mother
Series: The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, v.1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 150,640. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Following the end of “The Termite Queen,” the Champion Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head and the Remembrancer Di’fa’kro’mi set out on an epic quest to reach the sea. In the Champion’s home fortress we learn that Ki’shto’ba has a twin and that he may have been sired by the Sky-King. Later, the Companions visit a fortress that has been at war for nine years with its neighbors ...
The Termite Queen: Volume Two: The Wound That Has No Healing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 199,040. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
A team of scientists in the 30th c. makes first contact with a species of intelligent termite on an alien planet. The romantic relationship between the expedition leader and the team's anthropologist intersects with the civil unrest existing in the termite fortress to produce an explosive climax. The team must then return to Earth and deal with the outcome.
The Termite Queen: Volume One: The Speaking of the Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 131,320. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the 30th century, an off-world expedition brings back a giant termite with a behavior that suggests intelligence. During the planning for a first-contact expedition, Kaitrin Oliva, a linguistic anthropologist, falls in love with the entomologist-leader, a complex man hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, civil discord is brewing on the termite planet as the Queen's Chamberlain plots a murder ...
Monster Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Report of the Anthropological Expedition to the Planet Known as Kal-Fa
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,280. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Three anthropologists make first contact with a species of bizarre intelligent lifeforms. Each team member reacts in a different way to their strangeness as the story builds toward a disturbing climax and a conclusion with an unsettling twist of perspective.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lorinda J Taylor

  • Hidden Boundaries: a Hand Slaves Novel on Dec. 08, 2011

    According to one of the author’s websites this book is laid in an alternate universe, although that fact is not made clear in the story. I would call it “imaginary country” fiction, akin to Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Malafrena” books. The country of Carhagen preserves a custom of legalized slavery, and while the author obviously opposes this practice vehemently, yet she transcends didacticism by writing a sensitive relationship story between a conflicted master and his strong-willed new slave. All is not black-and-white here. The book is well written, in a style I would call solid. The plot is very simple and progresses forward at a steady pace with few peaks and valleys; there are no strong climaxes and very little physical action. The action is mostly psychological, something that appeals to me. The homosexual context is handled sensitively and gracefully. The characters are well depicted, developing throughout the story. Cor is in most cases the point-of-view character, which preserves a certain mystery about his master Alcot that keeps the reader intrigued. One thing puzzles me; women are almost entirely absent in this novel. I realize that the estate on which almost the entire action takes place is male-oriented and includes no women, but even in a brief foray into the outside world, we see no women, and I would guess one could count on one hand the number of times women are even mentioned. Obviously, there are women in this country where gay sex is widely practiced; if not, the Carhagens would soon be a vanishing people! And all those young bed slaves have to come from somewhere! What kinds of roles do women play in this culture? Are there any female slaves? Are free women also basically enslaved (maybe hidden away in harems), even if not by law? I would like the context of the country to be broadened at some point. I haven’t read the sequel, “Crossing Boundaries,” but it may possibly address some of these issues. All that being said, I really enjoyed reading “Hidden Boundaries” and I found it of sufficient quality to merit a five-star ranking.
  • Wall — Love, Sex and Immortality [Aquarius Trilogy Book One] on Feb. 17, 2014

    I’m not sure why this novel has received so many 5-star ratings. The book is long on ideas and short on conflict and tension. In fact, there is hardly any plot at all. The reader is presented with endless speculation on philosophical, religious, and scientific topics as the main characters attempt to turn a combination of Out-of-Body experiences and quantum mechanics into the invention of StarTrek’s transporter technology. I don’t mind books that deal with esoteric subjects – in fact, I rather like them – but I prefer those subjects to be integrated into a plotline – to be suggested rather than to be fed out as an academic lecture. That being said, the characterization isn’t bad. One can’t help liking the characters, especially Simon Jones, the first-person narrator, who often injects a wry humor. The love story between him and Ambrosia Milos is nice – that’s the only word for it. I prefer books where the sex remains off-screen and low-key. And Papa Milos is a bit of an entertaining trickster character, while Mama Milos is essential to the small amount of plot development. This book is interesting, but it’s not a page-turner. And I must add, I would have given it four stars except for the fact that hardly a page went by without some typo or punctuation problem. The book would profit from some attention by a competent copy editor/proof reader. One of the worst gaffes was the use of “cleaver” when the author meant “clever.”
  • Ultimate Duty on May 23, 2015
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    Ultimate Duty is an adult version of the author’s YA novel First Duty – adult in that some mildly graphic sex scenes are added. Laid several centuries into the future, the book is basically an action/spy thriller involving the fight between SemCorp (the tyrannical governing body that rules all the planets of the known universe) and the Reformers (an underground group who wants to free the planet worlds to make their own lives). The tale is full of battle and fight scenes and frenetic voyages through space and has lots of description of the technology of the future (it’s well done and you need to like that aspect in order to fully enjoy this book). The heroine, who is a martial arts expert, goes through a process of deciding where her real duty lies, although this process is not particularly deep or in much question. Altogether, this is a book that concentrates on plot and action and not particularly on character conflicts or hard decisions. However, if you enjoy a fast-reading, quick-paced action thriller, this book may be just what you want. One additional word – the editing of this book is very clean – you won’t be bothered by typos or grammatical errors.