About the Author
I was born May 31, 1969 in Susanville, California, although my family moved to Alberta in 1971, where I was raised in rural Central Alberta.
I started telling stories at a young age, which was handy when we drove from Alberta to California to visit family in the summer. Back in the 1970s, there wasn’t much in the way of entertainment on road trips, so my family would see the name of a town and ask me to tell the story of how that town got its name. I’d think for a bit and then weave some fantastic tale of how that town was named. I have no idea if anything I ever said had even an ounce of truth to it… if it did, it was truly accidental, but I enjoyed telling stories.
Throughout my school years, I was an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and western genres from authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, Douglas Adams, Louis L’Amour, and others.
Edgar Rice Burroughs is my all-time favourite author, primarily for his Barsoom series… it’s hard to believe The Princess of Mars was published in 1912!
In the late 1980s, I got into computers and dial-up bulletin board systems (BBS) in a big way and then the Internet in the early 1990s… before the days of Yahoo and Google! My work with some early Internet protocols was even mentioned in several chapters of the Canadian Internet Handbook and I eventually started speaking at venues telling farmers all about what computers and the Internet could do for them.
I had started reading stories on text-based BBS’s, which eventually migrated into NNTP newsgroups (also called Usenet) and I continued reading stories there. Serialized publishing had been around since the 1800s, but this was a new electronic form of serialized publishing.
Serialized publishing is releasing a story in chunks (usually chapters), often as it’s being written. It breaks down all the walls created by traditional publishing by allowing readers to interact with the writer and giving them insight into the actual writing process. Some authors, myself included, often poll the readers about certain aspects of the story being written.
With the release of NCSA Mosaic in 2003, websites became graphical, more user-friendly and the modern world-wide-web was born and the number of stories being published online skyrocketed!
With the increase in stories, there was a lot of utter crap, but every once in a while you’d find a gem.
Fast forward to 2018, one of those rare gems was a series called “A Spartan’s War“, by Mike Cropo, which I had been reading and following faithfully for years. His story was so engaging that I found myself waiting for the next chapter to drop. After three months with no updates, I got concerned and did some research, eventually discovering that Mike had passed away from cancer on November 9, 2017 at the age of 52. 🙁
Upon learning of his death, I downloaded all his chapters (all 7+ million words!) and started entertaining the idea of writing… his story deserves to be finished.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to finish his story, but not having written anything for decades, I felt I should hone my craft and try writing my own stories first. Find my own voice as it were.
Thoughts of writing triggered a memory of my English teacher in grade 9 or 10. I had written a short story assignment that I had got an A+ on and when he handed the assignment back, he commented that it might make for a good book someday. I’m pretty sure it was called Turtle Island, so my Aliens and Cowboys series is loosely related to that story, which has been tumbling around in my mind for several decades. The original wasn’t a space opera and didn’t have erotica in it (obviously), but I had large parts of a story in my mind so decided to pick up the proverbial pen and write something.
Update (March 2022): I’ve decided to write Turtle Island as an origin story to Aliens and Cowboys, taking place about 20 years prior to the events in that series. It will be much closer to my original story, but will still be written for mature audiences.
Still actively reading and reviewing other serialized stories, I had read a popular story from a guy that was a volunteer editor offering his services to other writers. He had a great premise for a story, but I found it difficult to read due to poor grammar and editing, so I commented and pointed out several issues just in the first couple of chapters… and, in haste wrote, “and you call yourself an editor?” My bad! It was insensitive and shouldn’t have been said, I did delete the comment almost immediately, but not before he read it and replied saying, “I should put my money where my mouth is and that I should write something and post it for the public to criticize and see how my writing fares.“
I had already been thinking about writing, so might as well start… challenge accepted!
Growing up and being raised in rural central Alberta, I’ve always been drawn to the great outdoors, which made for an excellent environment for my first story. Isn’t one rule of writing… write what you know?
I wrote the first few chapters of what is now my debut series, Aliens and Cowboys, and posted them to a site called Stories OnLine. August 31, 2019 was the most unnerving night of my life… after I hit the submit button, I felt absolutely sick and didn’t sleep a wink. I had thrown myself into the arena!
Fortunately, in the light of a new day, the story was immediately successful and the feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive. So I started posting the story to other sites, much to the same result. As of May 2022, I’m still writing the story and it has received millions of reads, gained thousands of followers, votes and reviews. Aliens and Cowboys (Cowboys and Aliens originally) can usually be found among the highest-rated stories on most of the sites that I posted it to.
NOTE: Most of my stories you can find and read for free on various sites, however the stories there are what I call, vomit copies, referring to whatever spewed out when I was writing it. They are NOT always the refined, edited versions found in the books!
I love the challenge of writing and the pressure to produce new content for my readers… I love the feedback process… I love everything about writing!
I now reside in Calgary, Alberta with my wife and two beautiful daughters. After running my own IT company for 20+ years, I became an HVAC technician in 2016 so finding time to write can sometimes be difficult, but being a morning person, I do most of my writing before anyone else wakes up, or late at night after they’ve all gone to sleep. My hope is to one day earn enough to be able to stay at home with my family and spend more time with them while also writing more.
When I’m not writing, reading or working, I can often be found playing sports or camping out in the woods somewhere off the beaten path.
Someone once said I should put BSC after my name, meaning Bull Shit Certified, because I excel at making shit up. So science fiction and fantasy is definitely my calling and the erotic parts just make it more fun!
Kevin Kindle, BSC