Welcome to one and all! My name is Preston Klopfenstein, but most of you will know me by my pen name of A.K. Preston. As you can see, I am an author, or at least someone pretending to be one (time will tell whether it’s ultimately one or the other). I aim to provide the world with riveting tales incorporating the real-world imminence of the modern technothriller and suspense genres as well as the epic grandeur of classic science fiction. My inspirations include Frank Peretti, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, David Weber, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Underpinning it all is a biblical worldview, explored and illustrated in myriad ways with an emphasis on the mysterious. I invite you all to join me on a journey of imaginative wonder and powerful stories of Good and Evil.
My mission is to awaken the dreams of those around me so they can build the world of tomorrow. I want to inspire a new generation of storytellers and creators who can change our culture for the better, using my own stories, books and products to communicate timeless values and inspire people at all corners of the world. As a husband and a father, I wish to build healthy, loving relationships in which we can encourage one another to fully express the unique potential God gave to each one of us. I want to be remembered as a mentor and a storyteller to my children, encouraging them to follow their dreams as they pursue their God-given vocation and destiny.
I was born in November 20, 1990 and spent my first twenty-two years in Gridley, IL as the youngest of a family of five. At age 15, I was baptized into a new life in Christ and have never looked back. In 2013, having obtained my Business Admin major, I accepted a customer service position at a prominent bank in Sioux Falls, SD, where I’ve since resided without paying a cent of state income tax. Six months later, I became engaged to Kyla, the woman who has been my beloved wife ever since. We currently have one child, Pierson Alexander Klopfenstein, with another one on the way this November.
Following eighteen torturous months in a call center (learning more than I ever wished to know about overdraft fees), I left the bank and spent two months as a retail associate before learning of an opening as a branch teller. Returning to my previous employer, I spent six months in said position before deciding I disliked contact with the public in any form and moving into the Operations department. I stayed on for about a year’s time before following my mercenary instincts to a higher salary at one of the firm’s main competitors. I have now worked there since June of 2016.
With the move to South Dakota came a rediscovery of my childhood dream/fantasy/obsession/mania/delusion of becoming a full-time, best-selling novelist. With my mental faculties thus impaired, I decided to give it a go alongside my day job and managed to crank out Harvest of Prey (due for a relaunch later this year as The Gevaudan Project) over the course of a year-and-a-half. Still not fully sane, I have plans for over seven additional books to be written as I’m working 8-5 Monday through Friday and raising a growing family. Call me a lunatic, but at least I’m a happy one.