Christopher Kellen began his career as an independent author with the publication of ELEGY: Book One of the Arbiter Codex in July of 2011, which was shortly followed by the releases of the free short stories Dutiful Daughter and The Corpse King.
In late 2011, the release of Sorcerer’s Code marked his first book which would go on to become an Amazon.com best-seller, and he has been writing furiously ever since. 2012 saw the releases of two new novels and a novelette, following up on the series which began in 2011.
In December 2012, he began a new military science-fiction/space opera series which begins with SINS OF THE FATHER.
A proud member of the Genre Underground, his heroes of literature are those who are fearless in telling stories that truly mean something to their readers. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and monstrous black dog.
Author, gamer and IT professional. Actually, that pretty well sums up my life, except for the part where I’m also married. I love to write and I do it a fair amount these days (nothing like self-publishing your favorite novel to give you the impetus to keep on writing!).
I’m also a PC gamer, and the occasional PS3 gamer (although lately, the PS3 does more Netflixing than actual gaming). I do not, and probably will not, own an Xbox. My favorite game company is Bioware, which I can safely say as four of the six games I’ve actually played and FINISHED in the last 3 years were Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. I’ve also discovered a great love for Crusader Kings II, which really plays on my fascination with history. The release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in 2012 added yet another fascination to my list of too-many-games-to-play, and now I’ve also somehow decided to add Guild Wars 2 to the pile.
Somewhere in there, I also find time for voracious reading – it helps because I read really damn fast. Like, really fast. I recently upgraded to a Nook Tablet when my PRS-505 e-reader died, and I barely read anything in print anymore. Paper books are just so… clumsy, and unwieldy. I mean, there are still some books I’ll buy in paper versions, even in hardback, but it’s rare these days. I’d rather have an ebook.
My books will primarily appeal to people like me, I think – readers and gamers, those who love exploring new worlds and finding new characters to follow and cheer for and share pains and sorrows with.
I write to explore world and character, to discover what it is that gives us power and what it means when we have none; to experience situations which none of us will ever see, whether that be fantastic or science-fictional, and to share those experiences with others.
ELEGY is my first polished, edited, professional work. I would have sought trade publishing status for it, except that the story is complete within 50,000 words. There’s no agent in the world who will take on fantasy that short. It was nearly published in an e-zine, but some strange troubles afflicted said publication and it disappeared without ever putting out a single issue. That is why I decided to go independent–well, that and I have an entrepreneurial streak a mile and a half wide.
Since the release of ELEGY, I have discovered that I had more stories to tell than I thought. I created the series known as the ELEMENTS OF SORCERY, and wrote LEGACY: Book Two of the Arbiter Codex. Both have done very well for me.
On December 4th, 2012, I proudly launched SINS OF THE FATHER, a military sci-fi thriller with influence from David Weber, Lois McMaster Bujold, and many other great science fiction authors as well. There is no doubt that it is my best work to date, and I intend to keep improving with every book that I release.
I hope that if you too like to explore strange new worlds and to find characters who are really heroic despite their flaws, and stories that pull you in to other places and show glimpses of what will probably never be, that you will check out my work. Maybe we have something in common.
Last Updated January 7, 2013