Kyle Pratt

Biography

Hello and thank you for visiting my page on Smashwords. I am a bestselling indie author of action-adventure and speculative fiction novels. Guy Kawasaki calls what I do being an “APE,” I’m a Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur.

Through Many Fires, the first book in my post-apocalyptic Strengthen What Remains series came out in paperback, Kindle and on Audible in August 2013. Within two weeks the novel appeared on the Amazon Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic list, reaching #10, and reached #1 on the list on December 2, 2014. The second book in the series, A Time to Endure, reached the #1 position on the War fiction genre list just over a month after release and then again in January of 2016. At the same time Braving the Storms reached the #8 spot.
I grew up in the mountains of Colorado and earned an Associate in Arts degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction. When money for college ran low I enlisted in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician. I thought I would do four years and then use my veteran's benefits to go back to college.

My first assignment was with a U.S. Navy unit at the Royal Air Force base in Edzell, Scotland. While on leave in Israel I met Lorraine from Plymouth, Devon, England and married her the next year. Together we spent the remainder of my twenty year naval career traveling across the United States from Virginia to Hawaii and on to Guam, Japan and beyond.

Even before I retired from the U.S. Navy I wrote short stories. In July of 2012 my debut novel, Titan Encounter, a science fiction space adventure, came out on Kindle and later in paperback. My second book, Final Duty - The Novelette, was released in January of 2013.

Today, Lorraine and I live on a small farm in Western Washington State and you can easily find and follow me online.

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Smashwords Interview

When did you start writing?
I read novels for many years before I ever seriously considered writing one. Often, as I read a book, I would think, I would have done this or that with the plot or characters. I wrote a short story titled Grandma’s House in 1985 while living in Japan and then another three short stories while deployed on board ships in the Pacific before and during the Gulf War, in late 1990 & 1991, but I didn’t even try to get these published at the time.

It wasn’t until I retired from the navy and started attending a local writer’s critique group that I learned enough, and grew confident enough, of my writing to attempt a novel. Twenty-seven years after writing the original draft of Grandma’s House, I released my first novel, Titan Encounter, in July of 2012.
Which books and writers have influenced you?
I didn’t start reading novels until I was in Middle School. The first book I read was Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein. After that, I read all of Heinlein’s works. I read many of the science fiction novels of Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov, including his Foundation series.

Also during my teen years I started reading end-of-the-world books, a genre we now call post-apocalyptic. The first book in this genre I read was, The Earth Abides, by George Stewart. Later came books like Alas Babylon, On the Beach, Lucifer’s Hammer and many more.

I have never stopped reading and the list of authors that I enjoy continues to expand.
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Books

Strengthen What Remains Stories
Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 33,420. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
America is under siege! This set includes two stories from the bestselling Strengthen What Remains series. In Nightmare in Slow Motion, Peter helps with the evacuation of Seattle when terrorists explode a nuclear bomb. In The Long Way Home, five cities have been decimated by nuclear bombs when Trevor Westmore sets out to bring Sue, his pregnant daughter-in-law, to the safety of the family farm.
Strengthen What Remains
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 247,530. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
America is under siege! All five books of the nuclear terrorism series, Strengthen What Remains, are included in this box set. First is the bestselling novel, Through Many Fires, followed by the bestselling sequel, A Time to Endure and the bestseller, Braving the Storms. Also included are the novella, A Long Way Home, and the novelette, Nightmare in Slow Motion, over 245,000 words in total.
The Long Way Home
Series: Strengthen What Remains, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,940. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Five cities had already been decimated by nuclear terrorism when Trevor Westmore sets out to bring Sue, his pregnant daughter-in-law, home to the safety of the family farm. He also hopes to find his daughter Lisa and bring her home. But, almost immediately upon finding Sue, in the suburbs of Seattle, terrorists detonate another nuclear bomb and the two must flee amid the chaos and fallout.
Nightmare in Slow Motion
Series: Strengthen What Remains, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Police officer Peter Westmore is helping with the evacuation of Seattle when terrorists explode a nuclear bomb. In the novel A Time to Endure we glimpse the end of Peter’s life. In that novel his brother Caden, on a mission to destroy gangs and terrorists living on the fringe of the Seattle blast zone, goes to his older brother’s abandoned home and discovers Peter’s body.
Braving the Storms
Series: Strengthen What Remains, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,810. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series. In this latest novel, new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas.
A Time to Endure
Series: Strengthen What Remains, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,360. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the second book of the Strengthen What Remains series, A Time to Endure, the nation’s economy teeters on the verge of collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens the wounded country. In the face of panic, and growing hunger, Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and town together. But how can he save his community when the nation is collapsing?
Through Many Fires
Series: Strengthen What Remains, Book 1. Price: $2.99 $0.99 USD. (67% off!) Words: 72,820. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Terrorists smuggle a nuclear bomb into Washington D.C. and detonate it during the State of the Union Address. Army veteran and congressional staffer Caden Westmore is in nearby Bethesda and watches as a mushroom cloud grows over the capital. The next day, as he drives away from the still burning city, he learns that another city has been destroyed and then another. America is under siege.

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