Author Interview: E. Paige Burks

E. Paige Burks

1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

I’m currently working on the 3rd book in my fantasy series, Return to War! I’m hoping to have it finished soon, but I’ve been saying that for like…two years… *insert crying face*

2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

Currently available are The Heart of the Guardian (a middle grade book about a princess and a guy who can turn into a wolf fighting a bad guy), Return to Royalty (book one) and Return to Gexalatia (book two) in my YA fantasy series (about a girl from Texas who isn’t really from Texas and her trying to make her way back to her home – in another world!), as well as a science fantasy short story called Jewels for Gemma (about a cursed jewel). If I ever finish my YA series, I plan to write more in the Jewels for Gemma world, including a story about what happens afterwards!

3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Marketing. And maybe writing. I have such great ideas! Why can’t they just appear on the page without me needing to put them there??? lol

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

When I write a scene that I think is particularly cool or badass or is going to drive my readers nuts. I start doing the evil fingers thing and laughing maniacally.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

Probably Tolkien’s language skills. I would love to be able to create my own language for my fantasy series. I try to create words now, a blend of Latin and made-up stuff, but having a fully-fledged language would be so cool!

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

“Listen, Nyx, this really is for your own good. You’re a badass and you just don’t believe it yet, but when you do…’erybody better watch out! You could burn the place down if you wanted to. Also, sorry about Jet, but it is what it is.”

PS I love this question!

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

Oh man, this is a hard one. The last book I read was Saturn Run, and the protagonists are a toss-up between a hardcore marine with PTSD and a by-the-book spaceship captain. I think I’d have to pick the marine, and the stakes would probably be booze. The captain would be too straight-laced to gamble.

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

Hm…this is a hard one! Don’t feel like you have to be shoe-horned into using cliches and stereotypes if you want to write a genre but want to do it differently. Your particular flavor of writing and imagination is what makes your story worth telling!

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

I’m going to be at the St. Francis Wolf Festival in October, so if you’re in Texas come support the wolf sanctuary and stop by to see me!