Getting to Know the Author: James Burk

BurkWelcome, James.

Let’s learn more hand-shake-love9about you …




What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
Primarily fantasy and science fiction, because both allow you to blindside reality, but fantasy is more lyrical.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Very seldom, and usually one or the other is a much shorter piece.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?
Yes, and they’ve been very helpful.

Can you remember your first reading book?
I think it was in second grade and it was a thick but little book about the Lone Ranger and the villain was called the Skeleton/

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
No, I’m too messy to chance that.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Kansas is famous for its tornadoes. My work area looks as though one has struck/

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? 51HQ7Wi2s8L._AA160_Share your journey.
All but one of my works has been published by small publishers. I haven’t the money or the expertise to self-publish. My weird western novella was self -published but I had to have a lot of help from the person who started the series. I figure that an editor is worth his or her pay to handle things like layout, choosing a cover, and so on.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
My three favorites are Antoine de St-Exupery, John Crowley, and Roger Zelazny but perhaps the most influential writer was Walter R. Brooks, who wrote the Freddy the pig series of juveniles. They taught me an enormous amount about clarity of style and plotting.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
To be sure that you are writing what you think you are writing and that it’s worth saying and can be said in no better way.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
A younger Damien Thomas to play Hadrian, a younger Dennis Quade to play Scarface, and a younger Michelle Forbes to play Mendarian.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Not really. I try to ignore the boring except to notice the sensations.

Biography:  I was born long, long ago in a place far, far away.  I was a professional student for years, studying everything from art to teaching.  If I could have had my practicing teaching class I could have been the social science department of a small high school.  I have worked with every building material known to man and was a stone-planer for a time.  My favorite job was being a Sunday gunman, putting one reenactments of old west gunfights at an amusement park.  I started writing at nineteen and didn’t have my first sale until I was in my late forties.  I’ve learned that one’s writing improves the more often one has been around the block and the more otherwise useless information you acquire.  My usual reply to the question of “which of your works is your favorite?” is simply, the next one



About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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2 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: James Burk

  1. Glynis – Thanks for introducing us to James.

    James – I respect authors like you who create whole new worlds in fantasy novels. I wish you much success.

  2. Nice to meet you, James!

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