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
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
(4.75 from 8 reviews)
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.

Karen Reis' favorite authors on Smashwords

Callan Primer
Latest book: Company Daughter.
Published March 4, 2015. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Karen Reis

  • 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!
  • Company Daughter on April 17, 2020

    This is a wonderful adventure story with a likable, strong heroine who looks death in the face several times with dignity and makes it through on a shoestring budget. Her ability to make friends and not take herself too seriously makes her charming and brings humor to the story. The love story is exactly appropriate for a 16 year old, and the hero has a complex, yet solid character. The story makes several left hand turns, the bad guys had depth, and it kept me fixated throughout. You must read this book, and I can't wait for the sequal.
  • Star Nomad (Fallen Empire, Book 1) on May 01, 2020

    This is a fun, adventure story with entertaining dialogue, an interesting motley crew. Several interesting mysteries are introduced that can be solved over the course of the series. I love a lead female character that has a quick word and good sense of humor. Best of all, this left me really wanting to find out what happens next.
  • Honor's Flight (Fallen Empire, Book 2) on May 09, 2020

    I had to get this after reading the into novel, and out was wonderful. I've actually finished the we hire series and I can say that this is paced perfectly. This story was great because we for to see that nothing is as black and white as we thought. Tip: if you liked the first story, just go ahead and buy the whole series.
  • Starseers (Fallen Empire, Book 3) on May 09, 2020

    I love how every story in this series has a problem that is overcome satisfactorily by the end, but also leaves us wanting more because the overarching problem is still there. The plots are very interesting, the humor is wonderful and the character development is perfect.
  • Relic of Sorrows (Fallen Empire, Book 4) on May 09, 2020

    Can I just say that I love sassy captains? Read this series. It's worth it.
  • Cleon Moon (Fallen Empire, Book 5) on May 09, 2020

    Dinosaur hunting! Moon mafia! Mischievious telepaths. And just the right touch of romance. Love these books.
  • Arkadian Skies (Fallen Empire, Book 6) on May 09, 2020

    This series is so satisfying pin so many levels. Action, check. Humor, check. Maniacal villains, check. Intergalactic quests, check. Romance, check.
  • Perilous Hunt (Fallen Empire, Book 7) on May 09, 2020

    This story is intense. It made me laugh, cry and bite my nails from the tension. Buy this book.
  • End Game (Fallen Empire, Book 8) on May 09, 2020

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for a satisfying end to a wonderful series.