Carla Herrera


Mexican-American literary feminist and author.

You can see some of my artwork on Redbubble and support an indie artist:

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in two places. Clearlake Highlands, California and Lodi, California. Both locations are reflected in many of my short stories. Clearlake more than Lodi, because I spend more time there, but if you're familiar with either place, you may recognize names of the beaches, or roads.
When did you first start writing?
Wow, that's a tough question, because I actually wrote my first book in third grade, in Mrs. Anderson's class. I think I was nine years old when I wrote 'Why I want to be a teacher.'
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Carla Herrera online


Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,990. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Alex is different. An introspective, nine-year old whose parents have a difficult time bonding with him. Dad thinks he's too small, Mom thinks he asks too many questions and his brother thinks he's a nerd. All that changes when he's abducted by aliens and wakes on a different planet. Xilam, a beautiful alien woman will train him for a particular task. But its going to take a long time...
Tesla's Secret
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A humorous short story about what might happen if Nikola Tesla had accidentally left a secret invention in a basement in small-town Arkansass. What if, two crazy characters found it, used it and through the machine were able to meet Nikola Tesla, Edgar Allen Poe and Elvis Presley?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,520. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.00 from 1 review)
Time Keepers motivate the human population; or at least that's what they have been told. Two, the protagonist of this novella, learns, with the help of Four and One that the organization they work for is much more than any of them expected. A fantasy and fantastical, this short novel will take readers high and low, cause you to laugh and cry. A must read.
Blue Tent
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
In the not too distant future, The United States has become the Corporate States of America. Half the population is homeless and live in tent cities or camps. In a new city, Tele hopes to put some of a painful past to rest. She's changed her name and her occupation and with some luck she'll disappear from the radar of corporate agents.
Day Gazing: Weird Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 16,720. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In a changed world, people do strange things. Eight short stories of a world just a bit off kilter from our own. Eric and Devon answer a classified that will earn them fifty-thousand dollars. All they have to do is stay in a bunker for thirty days. What if you awoke one morning and all the bad in the world had disappeared? Is it really a good thing?
Pink Eye
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,990. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Something is going on at Central Laboratories. Smart rats and a deadly virus do not mix well and when two of the infected animals escape to a nearby city, the good citizens of Gilbert, Indiana are suddenly in for a very bad time.

Carla Herrera's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Carla Herrera

  • Entropic Quest on July 18, 2012

    Excellent read. A witty adventure story with crazy characters reminiscent of Rudy Rucker's Ware Tetrology. It's a quick read and leaves you wanting more, more, more.
  • The Von Barkingham Method of Time Travel on Sep. 01, 2012

    Great chuckle at the end. Yes, it's short, but it's also good. Hope the author decides to do something more with this one.
  • The Chronicles of Old Guy on March 23, 2013

    Chronicles of Old Guy is one of the best indie books I've read. I did a full review for Perihelion SF Magazine for March. Though there are some mistakes/typos, overall the book is a great read. I love Old Guy and the other character drawn in this tale and am looking forward to reading more of Gawne's work.
  • Prisoners of Perfection - An Epic Fantasy by Tom Lichtenberg and Johnny Lichtenberg on May 01, 2013

    I loved and waited for more on the Entropic Quest series and Prisoners of Perfection was a nice addition. I'm still looking for more... I can see this as a story that could run into several chapter books. More crazy characters and antics. Surreal settings and fantastic elements combine to take you on a funny, but sometimes sobering adventure through a very weird world. I was hooked immediately. Tom and Johnny Lichtenberg make a great writing team. The creative elements, the metaphor and some of the scenes they managed to work out took serious skill. I think most readers of weird or adventure stories would love this. I'm hoping for more.