Susan Kite enjoys writing sci-fi, fantasy fiction

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 2/10/19

Science

fiction and fantasy are the settings for author Susan Kite’s five published

novels. The former

Clevelander’s most recent book,  “Realms

of the Cat,” was published …

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Susan Kite enjoys writing sci-fi, fantasy fiction

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Science fiction and fantasy are the settings for author Susan Kite’s five published novels.

The former Clevelander’s most recent book,  “Realms of the Cat,” was published in the summer of 2018. Kite’s cats are the adventurers in this book.

“I normally stick to sci-fi fantasy as my genre of choice. When I was growing up I enjoyed sci-fi and fantasy authors, and it carried over into my own writing,” she said.

The 66-year-old grew up as an “Army brat.”  She was born in Indiana, but moved around most of her young life. She came to Tennessee in 1982, lived in Cleveland about six years, and relocated to Oklahoma City in 2018.

She attended Utah State University, where she  majored in secondary English. She earned her master’s degree in instructional media, or library science for educators. After graduation, Kite worked 35 years as a school librarian.

Kite has five other books still in the editing and publishing process. Her books are normally for young to young adult fiction.

She began writing after she married her husband, but put the hobby on hold while she raised her kids.

In the 1990s, she started writing fan fiction, which featured characters like Zorro and stories from “Lost in Space.” She even wrote a “Star Wars” crossover, and still has a site to this day on bookscape.net.

S has written one trilogy, starting with “The Mendel Experiment,” then followed by “Blue Fire: The Mendel Experiment Part Two” and finally “Power Stone of Alogol: The Mendel Experiment Part Three.” She describes this trilogy as a science fiction, young adult series. She’s also written a fourth installment, but isn’t sure if it will be published.

“My House of Dreams”  is another one of her works.

As a member of the Etowah Writers’ Guild, Kite has contributed to a Halloween-themed book called “Haunted Houses and Terrifying Tales,” with each based in East Tennessee. She said she contributed three stories to the anthology, including one about a Boy Scout meeting the ghost of a slave; a story featuring her cat, T.B.; and a boy who trick-or-treats in Etowah dressed as a Wookiee  and is joined by his “friend” he believes is dressed as Bigfoot.

Kite is also a member of the Author’s Guild of Tennessee, which she says has been an invaluable group to belong to for a writer.

She recently won third place in the latest Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet in Florida for her children’s story, “The Legend of Billy Bob Flybottom,” which she describes as a “newfangled Appalachian tall tale.” The story also won first place in the Oklahoma City Writer’s Contest for juvenile fiction. She is in contact with a publisher, but no publishing yet for “Billy Bob Flybottom.”

Kite also won a prize in Oklahoma for a middle to young adult sci-fi book she wrote called “Moon Crusher.” This story is about a Spanish-American boy in the 1820s abducted by aliens.

She currently is collaborating with several others to create another anthology book about East Tennessee called “Bad Neighbors.”

“My writing has been so fulfilling. When people tell me, they’ve enjoyed my books or tell me they want more stories, I’m so grateful to hear that,” she said. She loves to hear readers’ feedback on her books.

Kite has a son and daughter.

Her books can be purchased on authorsguildoftn.org, amazon.com, worldcastlepublishing.com and barnesandnoble.com.

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