R.L. Kiser

Biography

R.L. Kiser is the author of the Tales of the Crystal trilogy, The Prophecy of Tara (A Mystical Fantasy), the Educated Injun series, and Exile-A SciFi Adventure, which received a 5 star review and made the first cut in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (www.rlkiser.com) Born in Idaho, raised in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles he's a Vietnam Veteran, been a musician, a Hollywood taxi driver, a computer programmer, a single parent, and ran his own Internet marketing business. He holds an associate's degree in computer science.
He currently resides in Sparks, Nevada with three computers, three bicycles, a recumbent trike, and an '02 Mercedes SUV (no, that does not stand for Small Ugly Vehicle). He's currently hiding from the ATF, CIA, DEA, DHS, DMV, DOD, DOT, HUD, ICE, IRS, ONI, SPD, and FBI, but the NSA knows where he is.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the mountains of Idaho but spent fourteen years in Tucson, Az, where I graduated High School. But I really consider that I 'grew up' in Los Angeles. I was intrigued by science fiction, my first experience was with the grand master, Issac Asimov, and I started writing at age 14. I discovered that I had a talent with the written word. But life got in the way, Vietnam, rock n' roll (musician), marriage, raising a child as a single parent, prison, and just surviving life in general.

I was in a situation where I had a lot of time on my hands. Robert Aspirin (of Myth Conceptions, Another Fine Myth fame) edited and published a series of stories by his followers and that inspired me to begin writing again. He wrote fantasy, I wrote a western. Totally unconnected, but the writing influence and motivation was there. I have no idea why a western, I don't (or didn't) even read them. The ideas flowed, I wrote. And they turned out really well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional brick & mortar publishing is really difficult to get into. You can't get anywhere without a literary agent, and I couldn't find an agent interested in my works. Self-publishing had become the latest thing, thanks to Amazon and Smashwords. Self-promotion is the most difficult part of self-publishing, even compared to all the hard work of writing, editing, proofing, covers, etc. Getting people to know about your work on a budget of $1.27 is an impossible task.
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Where to find R.L. Kiser online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Prophecy of Tara
Price: $3.99 $3.39 USD. (15% off!) Words: 109,170. Language: American English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00)
An ancient Power, corrupted nobles, a vibrant young warrior woman and a monumental task against insurmountable odds.
Crystal Fire
Series: Tales of the Crystal. Price: $2.99 $2.54 USD. (15% off!) Words: 50,880. Language: American English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(3.50)
An epic fantasy of evil vs good, extraordinary people in extraordinary times, overcoming adversity, personal demons, and finding new strengths to do what must be done.
The Twelve Tablets
Series: Tales of the Crystal. Price: $3.99 $3.39 USD. (15% off!) Words: 118,540. Language: American English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
In this fantasy of sorcerers, heroes, and villains amazing discoveries are made in the deep desert. An epic battle between good and evil will keep you glued to the pages.
Educated Injun
Series: Educated Injun. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,590. Language: American English. Published: December 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00)
A Harvard educated Indian U.S. Marshal is placed by the federal judge who raised him into the lawless western territories.
The Last Battle
Series: Tales of the Crystal. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,470. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.50)
An epic tale of magic and warriors in a desperate race against superior forces to save the center of all civilization.
Chicago Chase
Series: Educated Injun. Price: $2.99 $2.54 USD. (15% off!) Words: 66,030. Language: American English. Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00)
A killer leads three lawmen a merry chase into dangerous renegade Kiowa territory and buries them in a snow avalance. How will they get out of this one?
Exile-A SciFi Adventure
Price: $3.99 $3.39 USD. (15% off!) Words: 98,030. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(3.50)
A 6'5" starship captain flees a lost war and lands on Earth in 1600s feudal Japan. Imagine the possibilities!

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