I can’t say that I really remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories; a few years ago, going through some papers my mother had kept from my childhood, I found one I’d written and “illustrated” in 2nd grade where the characters were dinosaurs. I suppose that makes sense since I had announced to my parents when I was four that I was going to be a paleontologist…

That never came to be; something about having to study biology, and then spend half the year in a desert digging with a toothbrush… Ironically, now I live in a desert anyway. I studied astrophysics and planetary geology instead, earned a masters degree, and am a contributing author to several scientific papers. The best use I’ve gotten out of any of it recently was in designing the maps for the fantasy world my most recent novel is set in. That’s all right, though, because my current day job is interesting enough to keep me engaged, but leaves me plenty of┬átime both to write, and pursue my other hobbies.

I’ll read nearly anything that has an interesting set of characters, and my fiction writing is almost as varied. I don’t generally do straight-up romance, but I’ve written modern coming-of-age stories, urban fantasy, and science fiction; my primary project right now is a high fantasy novel that’s allowing me to use a lot of my knowledge from my historical reenactment hobby. Some day I’d like to try my hand at the historical mystery genre – I enjoy Margaret Frazier’s work a lot, in particular the Joliffe series – but the level of knowledge you need to have of time and place in order to write one of those convincingly is slightly staggering, and I’m not there yet…!

1 comment for “KJK

  1. H. R. Ryder
    H. R. Ryder
    January 31, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I think KJK is being modest about her skills. Besides knowing an awesome amount about geology and astrophysics, which comes in handy when developing alien worlds, she also fights with swords regularly and has a talent for writing great action scenes.

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