About

Carmen Kern

Carmen Kern is a writer/photographer based in Phoenix, AZ. Her roots are buried deep in Canadian soil where Wendigos and the occasional Sasquatch have been known to lurk.

Her work tends to be infused with mythological creatures, the immortal and most things unexplainable.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found in alleyways and barren landscapes taking pictures and foraging for story ideas.

Random Facts

My ideal dinner party––Ellen Degeneres, Stephen King, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Anne Lamott, and David Sedaris. Of course we’d be laughing too hard to eat…

My favorite quote––“Well behaved women seldom make history.” That pretty much says it all.

If I was a tree––I’d be a Redwood so I’d finally know what its like to be tall.

Work In Progress

Novel  

Seeds of Eden (working title)

Bound to the Underworld after being kidnapped by Hades and eating the seeds of a pomegranate, Persephone looks to break the bonds that hold her there. After millennia of living with the dead, the Queen of the Underworld has found a way out.

But things in the Overworld aren’t much better for any of the gods. Olympus is a thing of the past––gods and humans live side by side, their powers wane with disbelief and lack of sacrifice. And immortals are dying.

This is the world Persephone faces as she seeks out the Garden of Eden and the original fruit that would set her free. With the threat of a god-war, a rogue god-killer, and Hades hot on her trail, Persephone must choose what price she is willing to pay for freedom.

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Novella

Satan’s Historian: In the beginning…

Rucker, a History major with a warped view on life, waits for Death. But nothing can prepare him for who shows up instead.

A golden stranger bursts into Rucker’s life with a flourish and a job proposal–– write a memoir. Rucker is introduced into a new world by this stranger who calls himself Lucifer. The Lucifer. And the death Rucker craved is held hostage in exchange for documenting the history of the most famous of fallen angels.

Rucker is thrust into the past, manipulated and threatened with life by his new employer. As Lucifer unveils the story of his past, Rucker is forced to face his own demons in accepting the job that was offered. But this is only the beginning…

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Novel  

Soul Keeper

In 2167, prisoner rehabilitation has taken on a new name––Redeemed. Pure Souls have been grown and programmed to erase the damaged souls of the Condemned. Once injected, the Pure hunts down the original soul in what is called the Soul Wars.

What looks like a routine Soul War for Keeper, Hayley Seger, turns out to be anything but. Prisoner 53231, not only remembers his name, but who he was. “Help me,” he begs––his one eye the blue of the Pure and the other, the original grey he was born with. Two Souls in one body. His Soul War was not over.

Hayley, with an already growing distrust of what she and her bosses at Aphelion are doing, covers up the botched Soul War. Their lives take a dangerous turn as they search for a way to save Vaughn, and uncover dark truths about Aphelion––truths that will change everything and leave both of them running for their lives.

People they love are threatened, betrayals are uncovered and choices are made. And in the end, all that is left to do is run––and survive.

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What I've Been Up To

2018          Author Interview –– The Story Booker –– link is here

2017          Short Story, Alien Skin –– Reflex Fiction –– story link here
2017          Finalist in the Odyssey Con Flash Fiction Contest
2016          Issue #18, Vine Leaves Literary Journal
2014          Napa Valley Writers Conference
2013          Writing by Writers Workshop in Tomales Bay

paradise valley community college review anthology – published short stories:

2013-2014  Short Story–First Place | Poetry–First Place
2012-2013  Short Story-Honorable Mention | Poetry–Honorable Mention
2008-2015  DECENT-Xposure Photo Blog

``Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today –– but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.``––Isaac Asimov

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