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Vikki Kestell’s passion for people and their stories is evident in her readers’ affection for her characters and unusual plotlines. Two often repeated sentiments are, "I feel like I know these people," and "I'm right there, in the book, experiencing what her characters experience."

Vikki holds a PhD in organizational learning and instructional technologies. She left a career of twenty-plus years in government, academia, and corporate life to pursue writing full time. "Writing is the best job ever," she admits.

Also an accomplished speaker and teacher, Vikki and her husband, Conrad Smith, make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Vikki Kestell Hi Gretchen,

Thanks for asking! Your comments truly blessed me. :-)

I guess it's not a simple answer. I worked for DOE and DOD for a time and picked up …more
Hi Gretchen,

Thanks for asking! Your comments truly blessed me. :-)

I guess it's not a simple answer. I worked for DOE and DOD for a time and picked up a lot about military, government, and the Manzano Weapons Storage Facility. I also worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, as did my husband. He and I did a lot of brainstorming on the nanomite manufacturing process--that was a lot of fun, actually. The rest was simple research. The "trick" is folding it into the story, and I love that part.

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Best Space Opera since The Expanse. I loved Hornblower as a kid, and this series blows Forrester out of the water. I’m gobbling the books.
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Do you think it is important for a Christian's testimony to share "where they've been" before they share what God has done? The purpose of Laynie Portland, Spy Rising is to allow the reader to see into Laynie's past—to see what damaged her so deeply that she gave her entire future over to working as a spy. The following three books will document her journey to Christ—and a glorious journey that will be!
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“After each sentence he paused, just a bit. Each pause made me want to beg him, Please do not stop! And he did not. He shouted, “God give his Son fo’ the rich, and God give his Son fo’ the poor. “God give his Son fo’ the high, and God give his Son fo’ the low. “God give his Son fo’ the black man, and God give his Son fo’ the white. “God give his Son fo’ all men—we’s all equal in his sight! “Yea, an’ I say! “God give his Son fo’ the drunks. God give his Son fo’ the thieves. “God give his Son fo’ you, and God give his Son fo’ me.”
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