Karen Reis


Karen Reis (1984-present) lives in Oregon with her husband and two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She loves science fiction, Jane Austen, and exposing her kids to the books and show she loved as a kid.
Favorite TV show: The Closer
Favorite movie: Star Trek
Favorite books: Jaran by Kate Elliot, Home Mountain by Jeanne Williams, Foreigner series by C.J. Cherryh, Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore, The Outsider by Penelope Williamson, Dark Horse by Michelle Diener, any sci-fi written by Julie Czerneda, and many, many more.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
First, I love Jaran by Kate Elliot because she builds this complete world that draws me in. She makes me love and cry every time I read it. That for me is the hallmark of a great book. Second, I love C.J. Foreigner series because I never tire of watching her character Bren walk a razor wire of politics and pull brilliant dialogue out of his butt. Third, Kristin Cashore's Fire, because that character is so strong yet so fragile at the same time, and the love interest grows so sweetly in the midst of a violent setting. Fourth, Home Mountain by Jeanne Williams. It's a historical novel about a girl who raises her siblings and has a backbone like nails, yet is conflicted with feelings of worthlessness due to her upbringing. Fifth, I love Julie Czerneda's A thousand Words for Stranger. The main character is unique, but I really love the hero, Jason,who is both hard and gentle, and loyal to the end.
When did you first start writing?
In the 6th grade, we were given a list of themes to choose to write about in my reading class. I remember I picked the theme "A lump under the rug." I was in love with Star Trek Voyager at the time, and turned my story into a fan fiction about an alien that hid under the carpet of a starship. It was about 60 or so hand-written pages long, which my teacher thought was fantastic. After I finished that story, I just kept going in my own time with new ideas.
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The Unfortunate Survival of Peter Cunningham
Price: Free! Words: 34,610. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Lindsay Cunningham goes through the motions of life until the effects of another person’s choice forces her into waking up, because you can’t run for your life if you live like you're dead. So she runs - straight into a witch trial, a cave of wonders, and a man with secrets who wants to both use her and protect her.
No Explanations
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,060. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
I am not a parrot. I am not a child. I am not stupid. I am an independent spacer, the successful captain of a cargo hauler, who just so happens to have autism. I do not like loud noises, smelly food or pets. That’s it. That’s all. So please, stop calling me a hero.

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Smashwords book reviews by Karen Reis

  • Faring Soul on Sep. 02, 2016

    I love this story. Honestly, I was not quite sure where it was going at first, but trust me, stick with this one. The surprise I got about the hero wowed and shocked me. It was the most pleasant experience, to be taken by such surprise like that. This story is truly unique in sci-fi, and the imagination of this author will stick with me forever.
  • Mop Jockeys and Fighter Pilots on Sep. 02, 2016

    I also thought this was a truly well written, lovely and high caliber story. My only regret in reading it is that it ends so soon!