Ever since a college professor told S. Kaeth she’d have to eventually focus on just one thing, she’s been dead set on proving him wrong.
From charging through the wilderness, wrangling alligators and snapping turtles, trapping and counting moles, or supervising prairie burns for college credits to doing research and training frogs, lizards, and a lungfish, she treats life as an adventure. She traded hikes, natural history interpretation boating tours, and creature encounters for the slightly-less-exotic-but-no-less-fun mammal training about the same time she began to get serious about her writing craft.
She was raised in the gorgeous Driftless area of the Midwest United States on a steady diet of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, mythology, legends of King Arthur, superheroes, and Doctor Who. As a child, she told stories constantly, to family, to friends, and she wrote some of the worst fan fiction and short stories that no one will ever get to see. Seriously, they were bad.
She was inspired a great deal by Andre Norton’s Janus novels, the Foundation series, the Ender’s Game series, Wheel of Time, Ursula K LeGuin, and books like Ringworld. She spent her free time with her best friend or her imagination, walking and thinking and making up worlds. They created their very own roleplaying system with its own class system and lore and mechanics. In fact, it actually creates the basic underpinnings of the “magic system” in her novels today, though she’s polished and improved those early brainstormings.
Her favorite books and inspirations include: Michael J Sullivan, Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives, Robin Hobb, NK Jemisin, and Patrick Rothfuss.
She’s an avid reader, and has been serious about her writing for about ten years, practicing and writing truly awful novels in order to hone her craft and keep herself sane. She has to write and tell stories; it’s an integral part of who she is. Writing helps her to make sense of the world around her and deal with life in general. Creative expression in some way helps her to get through the dark times and celebrate the bright times. She loves to craft stories with immersive worlds the reader can get lost in, along with believable characters readers can both relate to and love to hang out with.
She is an indie author and a co-founder of Indie Story Geek as well as a co-founder of Teacup Dragon. She’s a Coordinator at WriteHive, host of WriteHive’s Word Nerd Cafe podcast, and Forum Moderator at Writer In Motion.
You can find her teaching herself languages and lesser-known fiber crafts, hiking, or playing Capoeira when she’s not practicing the fine art of weaving a tale or cheering on other writers.
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