Jorden Leonard


I write. I play. I love.
I was a kid in Fern Forest, Hawaii. Now I reside with my wife and son in Portland, Oregon.
On the volcanic island, I lived in a redwood house and played on a beach of my birth stone.
One day, I drowned in the Hilo Bay after being repeatedly thrown in by drunken relatives. I still remember the moment when I gave up and breathed in the tea colored water—hence Ranger of Path's cover. My lungs surrendered, but my heart never stopped. I forgave the foolish swimming lesson the moment a fear sobered relative resuscitated me.
I never played D&D until college, and now I host a Roll20 game within my novels' setting.
I played Eve Online, exclusively PVP, for close to a decade.
I’ve bought many transformer toys, pretending it’s only because I love my son. He’s moved on to nerf guns, but I keep the old toys in case he changes his mind.
I turned forty and started Jiu Jitsu along with my son, but I got my cauliflower ear from wrestling in high-school. I think I broke my hand in a white belt tournament, and I don’t want my wife to find out.
I once burned my face while fire dancing. I am a fire dragon.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Brandon Sanderson
Dan Simmons
Eric Frisch as E. E. Knight
George R. R. Martin
Iain Banks
Joan D. Vinge
John G. Hemry as Jack Campbell
What's the story behind your latest book?
Destiny's Hand is inspired by soul crushing life experience and fantasies of world domination.

This was a very delicate and complex book for me to write. Someone less stubborn would have picked a simpler story for their first published book, but I am a mental masochist.

This tale dives deep, but it stops short of hard sci-fi with a familiar space village like setting. I also try to have humor throughout and am very curious as to how that's received.

It has more of a focus on mystery and intrigue than sex and violence, with humor added I hope it will win positive reviews. Funny but not silly sci-fi is my favorite kind.

I got the idea for telling a story on a generation ship from a friend who showed me a National Geographic article on possible interstellar ships. My mind got stuck on the design that had a heat sink tail hundreds of miles long.
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Where to find Jorden Leonard online


Committing To Creating
My commitment and how you can support it.


Lords Under The Eye
Five hosts for the founding demigods of an adventuring band can no longer summon their divine possessors. A scout, an advocate, an assassin, a general, and a scholar, all five must adapt to survive and decide how to live mortal lives.

Ranger of Path

Price: Free!


Ranger of Path
Series: Lords Under The Eye. Price: Free! Words: 127,130. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Ishkur, an orphan serving his adoptive band of ambitious adventurers, sets out on a redemptive mission across a contested realm. When world shaking events interrupt and strip him of everything but headstrong optimism, he pushes on, blazing his own foolhardy path.
Destiny's Hand
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 104,500. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Naked with a body at his feet, Artim faces a living death punishment unless no memory works as a defense. A space village in a generation ship allows no escape. Spark a revolt and there can be no retreat.

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