- a mother of boy and cats, architect of fantasy worlds, and decider of fictional fates!
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
E. Paige Burks is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Communication and Journalism.
Her premier book, Return to Royalty, won the 2016 Author U Draft to Dream Award in the Young Adult category, won the Gold Medal in the Dan Poynter Global Ebook Awards in the YA fiction category, and has been nominated for USA Best Book Awards and International Book Awards.
When she is not writing fantasy and love stories, she enjoys Mexican food, singing out loud, cuddling with her cats, and taking long naps.
E. Paige Burks lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son, three dogs, four cats, and a single bird named Ricki.
Paige, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
A dragon! I love dragons. I love the idea that dragons are sentient and smart, and in my Gexalatia universe, they can be bonded to riders for life, meaning if their rider dies, they die too. They are loyal and protective, and it would be so awesome to have that bond with a creature that can fly and breathe fire. And none of those floppy Chinese dragons; these are big, chunky, muscular Wyverns. I’ve obviously thought about this before…insert innocent grin
A classic choice for a good reason. (I’m getting Pern flashbacks…)
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write YA fantasy and have started to branch into what I call science fantasy. I don’t know if that’s a real genre, but I’m going to make one if it’s not! I love the idea of magic and things in the world that we don’t understand but still embrace and use for good.
I guess I started when I was about 10 years old; I wrote a short story about a puppy named Brownie being chased by a Doberman and haven’t stopped writing since!
I’m working on my own space fantasy! bring on the subgenres.
What do you like to read?
I love fantasy, sci fi (even though it’s sometimes over my head), horror, thrillers…pretty much anything fictional! If there’s a good story, I’ll give it a chance.
An excellent mix.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
Finish the draft before editing.
Write your draft, then come back and edit later. I just can’t do it. I have to write a chunk, edit/reread it a bunch of times, then write some more, then come back and do it over again. Mistakes and typos bug me so much.
As long as it works for you, that’s great! Many people struggle with continually editing that first chapter, or losing momentum, but if those aren’t your struggles, do it.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that works for you
Don’t let anyone stop you. Don’t worry if you think it’s been done before. WRITE IT ANYWAY. Then comb through Google and make sure you’re not breaking any copyright laws.
It’s very hard for a story to break copyright laws unless you’re taking a story you already know and filing the names off.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Return to Royalty (A Gexalatian Tale: Book 1)
Nyx Estrella has no idea she’s a princess.
Her only problem is that the world she rules over is on the other side of a portal. Yesterday, she was cramming for an Algebra test, and today she learns that she was sent to Lucky, Texas as a baby to escape the evil King Paraximus.
Jet Lamia is a war prisoner, sent by the queen to bring Nyx back home. The portal only opens on the winter solstice, so he finds himself trapped on Earth, trying to blend in. Fortunately, he has help in the form of the queen’s chosen assistant, Seth. But playing well with others has never been one of Jet’s talents.
Nyx struggles to accept her true identity and work with Jet. They must defeat the assassins sent to kill them both, all while trying not to kill each other. Can this duo put their differences aside and return to Gexalatia?
Return to Gexalatia (A Gelaxatian Tale: Book 2)
Nyx Estrella, a girl who thought she was from Earth, has finally made it to Gexalatia. She thought she was prepared, but Gexalatia is much more foreign and dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
Jet, her teacher and bodyguard, fights to keep her safe from monsters and more of King Paraximus’ forces, who want to see both of them dead.
A princess and a warrior, Abigail is up against the fight of her life. Or rather, the fight for her life. Bound by a curse that is slowly killing her, Abigail must journey to the land of the Phoenixes, to kill the wizard who cursed her and to take back the magical item he has stolen, the Precious Arrow of Shalamar.
An outcast and a loner, Joseph is on the run, fleeing the cruel reign of Bozal, the new king of Phoenix. He only wishes to live his life in peace, and to escape all of the responsibilities that he must shoulder.
Their paths cross, seemingly a chance of fate. Abigail is the leader that Joseph has been looking for, and Joseph has the eyes and the knowledge she needs to penetrate Bozal’s castle and destroy him. Secrets and lies soon find them in a battle for their lives, and each other.
A short science fantasy story.
Gemma is a retired member of GLOW, the Galactic Law Enforcement Overwatch, Earth’s premier defense organization. Rescued from a nuclear war on her home planet of Hyacinth when she was a child, Gemma fell in love with GLOW before finally falling in love with her husband, Jared. Together, they retired from GLOW and built a life, bringing a beautiful baby boy into the universe. Gemma’s life was more than she ever imagined it would be.
But strange feelings start to infect Gemma when she finds a blue jewel carelessly tossed into the grass on her way home one night. Paranoia has gripped her, driving her to do things she would never have done, including trying to murder Jared. Can Jared find out what this jewel is and why it is driving his wife mad before it’s too late?