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Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel - Editor

Orlando, FL, United States

Fantasy and science fiction specialist. I focus on the Christian submarket but also edit fiction and nonfiction for the general market.

Overview

I’m a writer, editor, and mentor specializing in speculative fiction. I’ve edited a variety of projects, including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but I am a novelist at heart and have edited novels in many genres for both the general market and the Christian submarket. I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fantasy Historical Fiction Inspirational Romance Science Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Christian (Non-Fiction) History Philosophy Religion & Spirituality

Work experience

Associate Editor

Havok

July, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Havok magazine, an imprint of Splickety Publishing Group, is the premier publication for speculative flash fiction. We publish stories in genres including, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, all the other -punks, paranormal, supernatural, horror, techno-thriller, superhero, and more.

Copyeditor

Author Alberto Hazan

March, 2013 – Present (almost 4 years)

I've worked on many of Dr. Hazan's books, and also provide ongoing copyediting for articles he writes for medical websites.

Writing Coach

Kristen Stieffel

March, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

As a writing coach, I help writers polish and nonwriters write, with services ranging from proofreading to ghostwriting.

News Assistant

Orlando Business Journal

October, 1991 – December, 2011 (about 20 years)

During my years in OBJ’s newsroom, I produced more than a thousand articles, columns, and opinion pieces. I copyedited articles for both the print edition and the website. I also did a lot of page design and wrote and recorded a stock market report for a local radio station. Before my transfer to the newsroom in 2001, I held a variety of roles at the paper, including graphic artist and advertising coordinator.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

The Last Buffalo: A Dystopian Short Story

Kristen Stieffel

The legendary White Buffalo Calf Woman said that when the last buffalo dies, the world will end. The zookeeper caring for the only remaining American Bison is about to see that prophecy fulfilled. Dr. John Hollow Horn is a veterinarian entrusted with the world’s last American Bison. Hollow Horn is dying of lung cancer, and the world around him is dying, too, suffocated and starved by pollution... read more

The legendary White Buffalo Calf Woman said that when the last buffalo dies, the world will end. The zookeeper caring for the only remaining American Bison is about to see that prophecy fulfilled. Dr. John Hollow Horn is a veterinarian entrusted with the world’s last American Bison. Hollow Horn is dying of lung cancer, and the world around him is dying, too, suffocated and starved by pollution... read more

Mighty Fortress: A Short Story

Kristen Stieffel

An Austrian pastor finds it difficult to preach with Nazis in the pews, but since the Anschluss, he has no choice. When a Jewish family seeks his help, he willingly agrees, seeing it as a way to oppose the troops that have invaded Austria. He hides the family in the church, in a service corridor behind the organ pipes. The younger family members plan their escape to New York, but soon realize ... read more

An Austrian pastor finds it difficult to preach with Nazis in the pews, but since the Anschluss, he has no choice. When a Jewish family seeks his help, he willingly agrees, seeing it as a way to oppose the troops that have invaded Austria. He hides the family in the church, in a service corridor behind the organ pipes. The younger family members plan their escape to New York, but soon realize ... read more

The Feast of Stevens: A Science Fiction Short Story

Kristen Stieffel

On a space station far from Earth, animal liberationists inadvertently jeopardize thirty-eight innocent turkeys. The station’s cook, Stevens, ensures the fowl shall not have died in vain. In this short science fiction Christmas comedy, cultures clash, hearts are won, and dinner is served.

On a space station far from Earth, animal liberationists inadvertently jeopardize thirty-eight innocent turkeys. The station’s cook, Stevens, ensures the fowl shall not have died in vain. In this short science fiction Christmas comedy, cultures clash, hearts are won, and dinner is served.

Till Father's Found

Jackson Adams

James and Theobald arrive in Oxford University to study Theology. One is searching for evidence of his biological father, who mysteriously disappeared before he was born. The other finds himself caught up in a movement to reform Christianity led by the Evangelical Doctor, John Wyclif. Though separated by centuries, the two tales intertwine, both finding more, and less, than they originally tho... read more

James and Theobald arrive in Oxford University to study Theology. One is searching for evidence of his biological father, who mysteriously disappeared before he was born. The other finds himself caught up in a movement to reform Christianity led by the Evangelical Doctor, John Wyclif. Though separated by centuries, the two tales intertwine, both finding more, and less, than they originally tho... read more

Clinical Problem Solving: Case Management

Norma S. Guerra

Clinical Problem Solving: Case Management integrates innovative problem solving techniques with a case management approach to therapy. Guerra introduces the LIBRE Model (Listen-Identify-Brainstorm-Reality-test-Encourage) and LIBRE Model Stick Figure Tool as integral social cognitive behavioral methods that establish a client-clinician partnership in which the client can learn to identify and d... read more

Clinical Problem Solving: Case Management integrates innovative problem solving techniques with a case management approach to therapy. Guerra introduces the LIBRE Model (Listen-Identify-Brainstorm-Reality-test-Encourage) and LIBRE Model Stick Figure Tool as integral social cognitive behavioral methods that establish a client-clinician partnership in which the client can learn to identify and d... read more

ReJoicing In Retirement

Bill & Cindy Perry

This is a story about the differences between the world’s view of retirement and God’s view of retirement. For example, the world says store up your treasures for yourself, but the Bible says be a cheerful giver. The world says just take care of number one, but the Bible asks you to be a caregiver for others. The world says when you retire it’s time for fun and travel, but the Bible asks you t... read more

This is a story about the differences between the world’s view of retirement and God’s view of retirement. For example, the world says store up your treasures for yourself, but the Bible says be a cheerful giver. The world says just take care of number one, but the Bible asks you to be a caregiver for others. The world says when you retire it’s time for fun and travel, but the Bible asks you t... read more

Medieval Mars: The Anthology (Terraformed Interplanetary) (Volume 1)

Travis Perry, Kat Heckenbach, Allison Rohan, Adam David Collings, Jill Domschot, Mark Venturini, Cindy Koepp, Kristen Stieffel, Donna Gielow McFarland

A future terraformed Mars, where civilization crashed back into a Medieval Era. Christian Knights called “riders” patrol the Pilgrim Road from Olympus to New San Diego, on the Chryse Sea. The technological past is known as the “Age of Magic” and only a handful of people understand how the remaining ancient devices really work. Lighter gravity in dense air makes flying dragons and bird riders a... read more

A future terraformed Mars, where civilization crashed back into a Medieval Era. Christian Knights called “riders” patrol the Pilgrim Road from Olympus to New San Diego, on the Chryse Sea. The technological past is known as the “Age of Magic” and only a handful of people understand how the remaining ancient devices really work. Lighter gravity in dense air makes flying dragons and bird riders a... read more

Night of the Bonfire: A Michael Quinn Novel

Kevin Scott Olson

Ex-Navy Seal Michael Quinn,, now a CIA special operative, is called in to investigate a key undercover operative's brutal murder. From the peaceful seaside town of Laguna Beach, the trail soon leads him across the globe, and into a world beyond anything he imagined. ...Amidst violent twists and turns, Quinn's journey takes him from the crowded streets of Rome to a quiet cove off of the Mexican... read more

Ex-Navy Seal Michael Quinn,, now a CIA special operative, is called in to investigate a key undercover operative's brutal murder. From the peaceful seaside town of Laguna Beach, the trail soon leads him across the globe, and into a world beyond anything he imagined. ...Amidst violent twists and turns, Quinn's journey takes him from the crowded streets of Rome to a quiet cove off of the Mexican... read more

Jungle Adventures

Susan Swanson

Kara, Blake, and Wesley are American children who move to the jungles of Papua New Guinea with their missionary parents. They grow up in a tropical paradise where their nearest neighbors are a primitive tribe whose lifestyle has not changed in centuries. Every day is an exciting adventure growing up in this wild and exotic place. The only transportation to and from their village is a small Ces... read more

Kara, Blake, and Wesley are American children who move to the jungles of Papua New Guinea with their missionary parents. They grow up in a tropical paradise where their nearest neighbors are a primitive tribe whose lifestyle has not changed in centuries. Every day is an exciting adventure growing up in this wild and exotic place. The only transportation to and from their village is a small Ces... read more

What's Most Important?: The 5 Factors For Living an Intelligent Life

Bill Svoboda

“Let’s start a revolution. I want us to start a revolution. We need to start a revolution. I don’t mean an armed rebellion against the government or other forms of authority. I mean an intellectual and behavioral revolution that questions the status quo at every level and then makes changes based on that which we deliberately determine to be most important.” These are the words of Dr. Bill Svo... read more

“Let’s start a revolution. I want us to start a revolution. We need to start a revolution. I don’t mean an armed rebellion against the government or other forms of authority. I mean an intellectual and behavioral revolution that questions the status quo at every level and then makes changes based on that which we deliberately determine to be most important.” These are the words of Dr. Bill Svo... read more

The League of Freaks and the Secret Key

Alberto Hazan

"Embrace your differences." That's what Shree Mandvi's father is always telling her. If only he knew just how different she really is. Being a teenage girl from the Bronx is not what makes Shree stand out at her new private school in Cambridge—it's her ability to turn into a bee. And she’ll need her newfound powers when she discovers a map-filled book from the 1600s claiming that there's a mys... read more

"Embrace your differences." That's what Shree Mandvi's father is always telling her. If only he knew just how different she really is. Being a teenage girl from the Bronx is not what makes Shree stand out at her new private school in Cambridge—it's her ability to turn into a bee. And she’ll need her newfound powers when she discovers a map-filled book from the 1600s claiming that there's a mys... read more

The League of Freaks and the Guardian of Fate

Alberto Hazan

Shree Mandvi thought she and her close friends—the Freaks—were the only ones with special powers, until she discovers that her long-missing uncle has the greatest gift of all: the ability to foretell the future. A future in which Shree and the rest of the League of Freaks die at the hands of the Evil One. Despite their fears, Shree’s friends rally behind her on a mission to rescue her uncle, w... read more

Shree Mandvi thought she and her close friends—the Freaks—were the only ones with special powers, until she discovers that her long-missing uncle has the greatest gift of all: the ability to foretell the future. A future in which Shree and the rest of the League of Freaks die at the hands of the Evil One. Despite their fears, Shree’s friends rally behind her on a mission to rescue her uncle, w... read more

The League of Freaks and the Manhattan Project

Alberto Hazan

Are prophecies warnings or facts set in stone? Shree’s best friend Tanya can’t stop drawing beautifully detailed pictures of the future— pictures showing Shree and the rest of The League of Freaks being tortured by a mysterious boy working for an evil ambassador. Tanya also draws a woman who might be able to save Shree and her friends from this fate—if only they can find her. The two go on a m... read more

Are prophecies warnings or facts set in stone? Shree’s best friend Tanya can’t stop drawing beautifully detailed pictures of the future— pictures showing Shree and the rest of The League of Freaks being tortured by a mysterious boy working for an evil ambassador. Tanya also draws a woman who might be able to save Shree and her friends from this fate—if only they can find her. The two go on a m... read more

Dr. Vigilante

Alberto Hazan

Doctor by day. Vigilante by night. Robert lives a double life in New York City. He spends his days treating patients at the St. Jude’s Hospital ER and his nights going after the psychopaths who wrong them: the child molesters, wife beaters, and rapists. But when the fiery, beautiful new social worker discovers his secret identity and their love affair takes off, Robert is forced to face some h... read more

Doctor by day. Vigilante by night. Robert lives a double life in New York City. He spends his days treating patients at the St. Jude’s Hospital ER and his nights going after the psychopaths who wrong them: the child molesters, wife beaters, and rapists. But when the fiery, beautiful new social worker discovers his secret identity and their love affair takes off, Robert is forced to face some h... read more

The Education Of Amal

Shirin Humzani

Amal is a young woman just starting college. She hopes to get a degree in business and make her way in the world free of her parents’ socializing and scheming. But a chance encounter with the university’s most notorious player throws her into an unexpected rivalry. Hunter has seen too much of the world to view it without cynicism. After he spots Amal in a compromising situation with a fellow e... read more

Amal is a young woman just starting college. She hopes to get a degree in business and make her way in the world free of her parents’ socializing and scheming. But a chance encounter with the university’s most notorious player throws her into an unexpected rivalry. Hunter has seen too much of the world to view it without cynicism. After he spots Amal in a compromising situation with a fellow e... read more

Veiled Destiny

Shirin Humzani

The most important fact about Ehla’s life has been hidden from her. Ehla is beautiful and intelligent, but she lives a sheltered life at her father’s estate in the mountains of Pakistan. Her quiet world is shattered when her father’s friends arrive with their son, who brings with him a mysterious stranger. Ehla fears an arranged marriage, but the truth lies far beyond her imagination. Asfand r... read more

The most important fact about Ehla’s life has been hidden from her. Ehla is beautiful and intelligent, but she lives a sheltered life at her father’s estate in the mountains of Pakistan. Her quiet world is shattered when her father’s friends arrive with their son, who brings with him a mysterious stranger. Ehla fears an arranged marriage, but the truth lies far beyond her imagination. Asfand r... read more

Winter

Keven Newsome

Winter Maessen didn't ask for the gift of prophecy. She's happy being a freak - but now everyone thinks she's crazy. Or evil. Goths aren't all the same, you know. Some are Christians. ...Christians to whom God sends visions. Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there's more than flesh and blood at work. Her gift means she's the only one who can stop it - but at what ... read more

Winter Maessen didn't ask for the gift of prophecy. She's happy being a freak - but now everyone thinks she's crazy. Or evil. Goths aren't all the same, you know. Some are Christians. ...Christians to whom God sends visions. Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there's more than flesh and blood at work. Her gift means she's the only one who can stop it - but at what ... read more

The Ghosts Of Emily Gray: A Supernatural Telling

C. Keith Carpenter

Premise: A dead girl spawns multiple ghosts.Synopsis: The Ghosts Of Emily Gray follows Erin, the surviving identical twin of Emily who wastragically killed exactly one year ago. Multiple apparitions of the dead teen simultaneously haunt the family while Erin tries to cope with the guilt of Emily's death, horrifying visions, a jilted ex-boyfriend who taps into supernatural forces to enact reven... read more

Premise: A dead girl spawns multiple ghosts.Synopsis: The Ghosts Of Emily Gray follows Erin, the surviving identical twin of Emily who wastragically killed exactly one year ago. Multiple apparitions of the dead teen simultaneously haunt the family while Erin tries to cope with the guilt of Emily's death, horrifying visions, a jilted ex-boyfriend who taps into supernatural forces to enact reven... read more

His Masterpiece: Discovering the Greatness Within

Carl Dulinsky

In a world that is crying out, "Look at me," or "This is who I am-deal with it," what are we to do as Christians? Follow the example of the world? Fit in? Clash and fight? The battle lines have been drawn, and the war is being fought on the battlefield of identity. Who am I? Is there any purpose to my life? If so, what is it? Have I blown it and missed my chance? In His Masterpiece, Carl Dulin... read more

In a world that is crying out, "Look at me," or "This is who I am-deal with it," what are we to do as Christians? Follow the example of the world? Fit in? Clash and fight? The battle lines have been drawn, and the war is being fought on the battlefield of identity. Who am I? Is there any purpose to my life? If so, what is it? Have I blown it and missed my chance? In His Masterpiece, Carl Dulin... read more

The Making of the Lamb

Robert Harley Bear

And did those feet in ancient time, walk upon England's mountains green? England's national Jerusalem Hymn puts into verse ancient legends that Jesus traveled to Britain during the missing years that are not covered in the Bible. The Making of the Lamb more than brings the legends to life. The Jesus of this novel, an authentic Christian savior but unlike any portrayed before, encounters pirate... read more

And did those feet in ancient time, walk upon England's mountains green? England's national Jerusalem Hymn puts into verse ancient legends that Jesus traveled to Britain during the missing years that are not covered in the Bible. The Making of the Lamb more than brings the legends to life. The Jesus of this novel, an authentic Christian savior but unlike any portrayed before, encounters pirate... read more

"Go Ye . . . !" A Command, Not an Option: Extreme Measures Igniting You into the Soul Winner You've Longed to Be

Charles C. Blackshear

Do you have an overwhelming desire to become extraordinary and to do great exploits for the Lord, instead of being an average, mundane Christian? As you read, you will discover that this book is for pastors who want to see exponential growth in their churches, young evangelists, washed up leaders, mediocre Christians, burned-out preachers, and desperate believers who want to be effective soul ... read more

Do you have an overwhelming desire to become extraordinary and to do great exploits for the Lord, instead of being an average, mundane Christian? As you read, you will discover that this book is for pastors who want to see exponential growth in their churches, young evangelists, washed up leaders, mediocre Christians, burned-out preachers, and desperate believers who want to be effective soul ... read more

The Financial Rescue Plan for Nonprofits: Christian Organizations in Crisis and Strategies for Survival

John Warren

The Financial Rescue Plan for Nonprofits addresses the financial issues facing the nonprofit organization in today’s challenging economy. The book contains background information that will be helpful to every administrator and board member serving nonprofit organizations, and it contains a helpful diagnostic tool so that each organization can evaluate its financial condition. The book provides... read more

The Financial Rescue Plan for Nonprofits addresses the financial issues facing the nonprofit organization in today’s challenging economy. The book contains background information that will be helpful to every administrator and board member serving nonprofit organizations, and it contains a helpful diagnostic tool so that each organization can evaluate its financial condition. The book provides... read more

Mayonnaise

R. J. Feliciano

Senioritis, acne and rampant hormones have turned the odds against a 17 year-old ever graduating, getting a driver's license, or taking his dream girl to the prom. It does not help that he is "mentored" by an acerbic, off-the-wall driving instructor, is harassed daily by an in-your-face bully, and has accidentally invited not one, but three girls to the prom. His biggest challenge, however, is... read more

Senioritis, acne and rampant hormones have turned the odds against a 17 year-old ever graduating, getting a driver's license, or taking his dream girl to the prom. It does not help that he is "mentored" by an acerbic, off-the-wall driving instructor, is harassed daily by an in-your-face bully, and has accidentally invited not one, but three girls to the prom. His biggest challenge, however, is... read more

Daughter of Anasca

R Tolbert

Live a lie and save your people, or tell the truth and condemn all? A kingdom with a terrible secret teeters on the brink of war. Two sisters hold the key to peace. Two sisters face an ominous choice.

Live a lie and save your people, or tell the truth and condemn all? A kingdom with a terrible secret teeters on the brink of war. Two sisters hold the key to peace. Two sisters face an ominous choice.

The League of Freaks and the Heart of Avarice, Book 4

Alberto Hazan

If love is supposed to make everything better, why do things keep getting worse? The school’s new quarterback, Josh Faust, gets under Shree’s skin in ways that are both scary and exciting. His amazing mind and deep connection with her start to feel stranger than all the League’s powers combined. At the same time, a ring of torture and evil is tightening around the Freaks. Shree can feel the am... read more

If love is supposed to make everything better, why do things keep getting worse? The school’s new quarterback, Josh Faust, gets under Shree’s skin in ways that are both scary and exciting. His amazing mind and deep connection with her start to feel stranger than all the League’s powers combined. At the same time, a ring of torture and evil is tightening around the Freaks. Shree can feel the am... read more

The Mirror Poole

Timothy Fowler

In the town of Iknorlans, everybody has a secret, whether it's an ancient cave in the surrounding forest or a nightly habit of howling curses at the moon. Blinded by terror, John Emerson scrambles to conceal the most dreadful secret of them all. The foolish townspeople idolize him, as though he can do no wrong. But the foundations keep shifting under his feet, and soon the truth will come free... read more

In the town of Iknorlans, everybody has a secret, whether it's an ancient cave in the surrounding forest or a nightly habit of howling curses at the moon. Blinded by terror, John Emerson scrambles to conceal the most dreadful secret of them all. The foolish townspeople idolize him, as though he can do no wrong. But the foundations keep shifting under his feet, and soon the truth will come free... read more

Havok Magazine 2.3

Patrick Carr, Kristen Stieffel

For the second year in a row, Havok Magazine presents the world with a contest of epic proportions, forever settling the debate between the best of two genres. First, it was Steampunk vs. Cyberpunk, in a battle where the best story which determined the best genre. This year, the stakes are even higher as two classic speculative genres go head-to-head: Fantasy vs. Science Fiction. Which is the ... read more

For the second year in a row, Havok Magazine presents the world with a contest of epic proportions, forever settling the debate between the best of two genres. First, it was Steampunk vs. Cyberpunk, in a battle where the best story which determined the best genre. This year, the stakes are even higher as two classic speculative genres go head-to-head: Fantasy vs. Science Fiction. Which is the ... read more

Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior

Ralene Burke

Bellanok is a haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. Now the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life. Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he ma... read more

Bellanok is a haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. Now the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life. Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he ma... read more

Bellanok: An Urgent Quest

Ralene Burke

Brian made it to Bellanok alive, but he's not sure he'll get out that way. From the time he arrives, things are not as he expected. The demon's influence is everywhere. And then there's the drums that only he can hear. Fauna brought Brian back like she was told, but now what is she supposed to do? Bellanok is succumbing to evil, her link to Father is severed, and she fears she's set everyone u... read more

Brian made it to Bellanok alive, but he's not sure he'll get out that way. From the time he arrives, things are not as he expected. The demon's influence is everywhere. And then there's the drums that only he can hear. Fauna brought Brian back like she was told, but now what is she supposed to do? Bellanok is succumbing to evil, her link to Father is severed, and she fears she's set everyone u... read more

Bellanok: The Dragon's Oath

Ralene Burke

The adventure continues! Brian is in over his head as he bumbles around Bellanok, trying to learn what it means to be a paladin. Whether he's sword training with Roman or calling down holy fire with Fauna, he just can't seem to get anything right. At the same time, Fauna is struggling with her inability to communicate with the Creator and what this could mean for the future of Bellanok. Will t... read more

The adventure continues! Brian is in over his head as he bumbles around Bellanok, trying to learn what it means to be a paladin. Whether he's sword training with Roman or calling down holy fire with Fauna, he just can't seem to get anything right. At the same time, Fauna is struggling with her inability to communicate with the Creator and what this could mean for the future of Bellanok. Will t... read more

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