Christina Engela

Biography

"Christina Engela is a South African editor and author of horror, fantasy and science fiction novels. Her books are never short of suspense, adventure and humor, while her colorful characters and thought-provoking settings take readers into another world, making her one of the most gifted and creative storytellers. A firm supporter of the LGBT community, Christina believes that Sexual and Gender Minority characters aren’t reflected enough by authors due to a number of reasons. As such, Christina's writing isn’t stereotypical, and her characters aren’t stereotypes, regardless of their sexuality or gender." - Booksradar.com, June 21, 2021.

You can find out more on ChristinaEngela.com

Smashwords Interview

What do you write about?
I write sci-fi with a twist of humor, wit, action, adventure, fantasy, and horror. Usually some of my characters are gay or transgender - but then, so am I, and I've seen too few LGBT characters in leading roles in the books I read to be happy with that.

For that reason, I think at least some of my books fill that gap in the market. My target market is not just Sci-fi/fantasy/horror – but LGBT-inclusive, affirming Sci-Fi/fantasy/horror!

If you'd like more detail about my writing, subjects and target audience, please read this article: http://www.christinaengela.net/target-market-who-is-christina-engelas/
When did you first start writing?
From as soon as I was old enough to hold a wax crayon! I started writing stories as a young child, inspired by my father who was a writer. I started writing stories before I even knew how to write, to form letters, and I copied the shapes I saw and made up my own stories, drawing them into the shapes I made with old pens and crayons on sheets of scrap typing paper given to me by my mother. Dad and I made up stories together at bed-time about "Mr. Mann" and "the Three Jolly Yum-yums" – and from the start I knew I wanted to be a writer!
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Where to find Christina Engela online

Series

Panic! Horror In Space
Of all the starships in the Terran Space Fleet, the I.S.S. Mercury is probably the unluckiest ship in history. Not once, not twice, but many times over, the same hapless crew - give or take a few dozen casualties - on a supposed voyage of deep space exploration, stumble into the weird, wake the creepy and trip over the downright terrifying and possibly even supernatural... You can find out more about Panic! Horror in Space here https://christinaengela.com/novels/about-panic-horror-in-space/
Static
Price: $2.75 USD.
Life Signs
Price: $2.75 USD.
We All Fall Down
Price: $2.99 USD.
Galaxii
Action! Adventure! Space Opera! The Galaxii Series by Christina Engela is set in the not too distant future - at a time when an Earth shattered by a 21st century global nuclear war has risen from the ashes to become the seat of a peaceful and prosperous stellar Terran Empire. The series tells of the struggles and adventures of realistic characters, each with their own unique interests and obstacles to overcome: career-minded Space Fleet officers, solo adventurers and rogues, Corsairs - the space pirates who made the less-traveled space lanes perilous journeys to travel in their pursuit of wealth and fame - and aliens of all persuasions. The Galaxii Series blends adventure sci-fi with suspense and horror. You can find out more about the Galaxii Series here: https://christinaengela.com/novels/the-galaxii-series/
Blachart
Price: $2.75 USD.
Demonspawn
Price: $2.75 USD.
Dead Beckoning
Price: $2.75 USD.
Sentinel
Price: $3.00 USD.
Space Sucks!
Launch into space, the future and beyond! Enjoy another humorous look at life in space in this second collection of unique sci-fi short stories by Christina Engela, spanning everything from adventure to suspense to comedy and then back again!
Space Sucks Too!
Price: $2.99 USD.
Space Sucks!
Price: $2.75 USD.
Quantum
The Quantum Series by Christina Engela is sci-fi with a dash of fantasy, featuring a host of regular characters including heroes, heroines, villains, aliens, and unusual and often humorous situations mostly set on Deanna, a backwater Terran colony on the fringes of known space - which has something of a reputation, and not always a good one. Known as a bit of a space oddity, Deanna orbits a star named Ramalama - and has two mad little moons of its own named Ding and Dong. Life out on the frontier isn't always easy, and there are various things that make living on Deanna a mite more interesting than on more civilized Human colonies. The Quantum Series is sci-fi, but instead of focusing too strongly on tech, Christina focuses more on her characters, creating believable and very realistic people, fleshing them out with her own broad range of experiences and creative interpretation. Tech and how it works is less important to her than the people who live in those times and use it, and their own stories and experiences. You can find out more about the Quantum Series at https://christinaengela.com/novels/the-quantum-series/
Black Sunrise
Price: $2.75 USD.
The Time Saving Agency
Price: $2.75 USD.
Dead Man's Hammer
Price: $2.75 USD.
Loderunner
Price: $2.75 USD.
Prodigal Sun
Price: $2.75 USD.
High Steaks
Price: $2.75 USD.

Books

We All Fall Down
Series: Panic! Horror In Space, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,820. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Captain of the starship Mercury is called to investigate the mystery of the ghost-ship Amundsen, which has just pitched up out of the black after being missing for 63 years. Flane must also aid a colony where strange preternatural fuckery has resulted in 6 missing children and inexplicable events left the city in a state of panic. What dark secret lay behind the tangible terror of Caverna?
Sentinel
Series: Galaxii, Book 4. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 83,290. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The new captain of a starship crewed by ill-disciplined misfits barely one step away from another court-martial must gain their trust in time to prevent the destruction of Earth.
Opsaal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It was 1939, and Peter van der Westhuizen, a husband and father of seven who spent most of his days on the road as a truck driver, did his best to provide for them - but as Peter left for work, leaving his family completely alone, he had no idea he was leaving Helena and his children at the mercy of something dark and sinister...
Lifetime
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,080. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Harald and Virian Vanderbilt, a married entrepreneurial couple, build their deep-space prospecting company together. Then one day they’re unexpectedly separated when the ship Virian is aboard is lost during a prospecting voyage. Harald spares no effort or expense and launches a desperate attempt to find her.
Mirror, Mirror
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,540. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A pretend star liner Captain from the 21st century, and the actual Captain of a real star liner living centuries apart and in different realities, wish for better circumstances - and thanks to a particularly gifted pair of multi-dimensional aliens with time on their hands, unexpectedly get to trade places.
Best Served Cold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,120. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Having just survived the Big Nuke twenty years before, a recovering Earth just beginning to reap the rewards of interplanetary colonization was suddenly attacked by an alien race that didn't communicate, didn't negotiate – and seemed absolutely intent on taking the entire solar system for itself.
Space Sucks Too!
Series: Space Sucks!. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,930. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In Space Sucks Too! you will meet little green men, an alien in a human suit turns up at a radio station for a midnight talk show, a couple of vampires make out in a bar, the long-awaited alien invasion finally happens - and the inventor of the matter transmitter has an out-of-body experience!
When Darkness Calls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Sometimes the most unlikely of people find themselves under attack by supernatural entities - and usually no-one will believe them. If they say anything, they risk becoming the butt-end of countless jokes about the paranormal. Worse still, some will place the blame for their predicament squarely on the victims themselves! In the case of Tracey, it was her closest friend.
The Jug Of Death
Price: Free! Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Unfortunately for Stuart Flane – Captain of the Terran starship Mercury - and his intrepid crew, their latest assignment did not go without a hitch ...but then, the thing was called ‘the Jug of Death‘, and obviously with good reason.
Escape From Paradise
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Newly promoted, Captain Joe Lofflin ("Demonspawn" - book 2 in the Galaxii Series) and his crew are on shore leave recuperating from their harrowing experiences while marooned in deep space - and their chance encounter with the alien derelict vessel and its sole homicidal resident, the Akx. Meanwhile, the Terran colony of Tremaine plays host to them, and it does so far too efficiently:
A Nine In Time
Price: Free! Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
“A Nine In Time” provides a glimpse into the life and background of one of the main characters of the Quantum Series – Johnathan Scrooby, a Time Agent working for that super-secret clandestine organization, the Time Saving Agency. "A Nine In Time" overlaps “Prodigal Sun”, the fifth book in the series! Get it now, FREE!
Overkill
Price: Free! Words: 15,710. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Who is the mysterious Mykl d'Angelo? Where did he come from? Why was so much of his past before joining the Space Fleet locked away behind secret protocols? “Overkill” provides a glimpse into the life and background of one of the main characters of the Galaxii Series and contains over 15000 words worth of new material not seen in any of the novels!
A Badfeller's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
“A Badfeller’s Tale” provides a glimpse into the life and background of one of the main characters of the Quantum Series – Gary Beck, a.k.a. ‘Beck the Badfeller’ - legendary bounty hunter and the colony Deanna's most famous son!
Broken Promises
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
“Broken Promises” is set just two decades after the Big Nuke, on the eve of the Gimp War, when Earth faced the threat of alien conquest by a horde of invading Ruminarii. Set about a century before “Blachart”, book 1 in the Galaxii Series, "Broken Promises" frames the background for the entire series.
Going Quantum
Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
"Going Quantum" is a preview and introduction to the Quantum Series, featuring one of the main characters, former CIA agent Cindy-Mei Winter. The last night of Mei's journey to Deanna aboard the S.S. Duval, contains over 3000 words of completely new, original material.
Malice!
Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 22,880. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"Malice!" is a collection of horror tales by Christina Engela.
Space Sucks!
Series: Space Sucks!. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 25,030. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Launch into space, the future and beyond! Enjoy a humorous look at life in space in this collection of five unique sci-fi tales by Christina Engela, spanning everything from adventure & suspense to comedy and back again!
Life Signs
Series: Panic! Horror In Space, Book 2. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 69,160. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
An alien marooned in a ship wrecked on the surface of her long-dead world... A shuttle recovered in deep space that turned out to be the last remnant of a ship that disappeared thirty years earlier... What was it about a mysterious cursed alien artifact that took the lives of those who touched it? Would Stuart Flane, commander of the starship Mercury, be able to sleep that night if he found out?
Static
Series: Panic! Horror In Space, Book 1. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 65,560. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The last thing Stuart Flane, captain of the starship Mercury expected - or his crew - was a day-long running battle with the undead in the bowels of a long-lost shipwreck they'd pulled over to investigate! Their troubles didn’t end there though, because the Mercury – their only ride home – was also in trouble...
High Steaks
Series: Quantum, Book 6. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 63,080. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
A reign of terror meets an umbrella of steel. "High Steaks" is the sixth title in the Quantum Series by Christina Engela.
Prodigal Sun
Series: Quantum, Book 5. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 53,550. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Fear doesn't mean you're weak. It makes you stronger. Action! Adventure! Skinheads! Sheriff Peggy-Ann Muller suddenly found herself hip-deep in strange events - even stranger than usual... and skinheads too - did she mention the skinheads?
Loderunner
Series: Quantum, Book 4. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 53,380. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Returning from an evening in Mars City spent visiting relatives he didnt know he had, Timaset Skooch arrived at the local space port to find his new acquisition stolen. A few minutes later, the crew of his slightly run-down loderunner "Celeste", returned from a nearby pub, blind drunk, puzzled, and now unemployed as well.
Dead Man's Hammer
Series: Quantum, Book 3. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 51,100. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Deanna was just another third-rate colony in the Terran Empire, and it was pretty much as boring a lump of rock as could be expected. That is, until Gary Beck, aka Beck the Badfeller ran over an obsidian crow with his jeepo on the highway to San Fedora and didnt have a spare tire. Things pretty much went down hill from there.
The Time Saving Agency
Series: Quantum, Book 2. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 54,890. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Each day shapes the days that follow. Preserve the past. Save the future.
Black Sunrise
Series: Quantum, Book 1. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 60,090. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Cindy-Mei Winter came to Deanna looking for a fresh start. She found a whole lot more than that.
Dead Beckoning
Series: Galaxii, Book 3. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 51,990. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After nearly two days of fierce fighting, the Battle of Turtle Island left the skies of the Corsair world darkened with their dead. In orbit, the remnants of the once feared Black Fleet drifted, blazing... while below, the Corsair civilization breathed its last. The Terrans had finally defeated the dreaded Corsairs. Or had they?
Demonspawn
Series: Galaxii, Book 2. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 53,220. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The I.S.S. Mordrake is in serious trouble after a skirmish with a Corsair marauder, she is stranded in deep space far from regular shipping routes and death appears certain. but in space, not all things are certain, not even death.
Blachart
Series: Galaxii, Book 1. Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 85,640. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
All Mykl d’Angelo had to do to redeem the other shipwrecks in his life – his lost career in the Imperial Space Fleet and a chance at a relationship with the girl of his dreams - is lead a recon team on a suicide mission behind enemy lines, brave the perils of Meradinis, risking danger and death. No Problem.

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