Are you ready to continue the revealing of the special guests at the upcoming Twelve Writers of Christmas Facebook Party on December 12th!?
I hope so because I am so excited to be introducing the tenth special guest, H.L. Burke! She is such a joy to talk to and was the first person who strongly sparked my interest in dragons again. Her novel Coiled was really good as well and has since lead me to buy some of her others books.
Plus, did I mention she loves porgs from Star Wars? 😉
About the Author
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
Follow her personal blog at www.hlburkeblog.com
– For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Enthusiastic, sparkly, flighty.
– What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I get to play with dragons, and clockwork foxes, and giant snakes, and sarcastic salamanders, and cat dragons … and where was I? I like to explore things, but real life is limiting. Imagination is endless and getting it out in an ordered form is great for exploring.
– You make writing sound so cool! 😀 (I mean, which is, but still.) How has your spiritual walk influenced your writing?
I’m not a very deep writer. I’ve said before that I’ve asked God if he wants my books a lot, and if there was some great story of importance to the world He wanted me to tell, let me know, but then I think of another story about playing with dragons, and so I figure that’s what He wants me to do. If anything, my writing has influenced my spiritual walk more than my spiritual walk has influenced my writing. It forces me to think about things that I might not spend time thinking about otherwise.
I’ve also gotten a lot less legalistic, both in my life and writing. I used to be so desperate for my stories to line up with “good Christian behavior” and the characters couldn’t be bad unless the story immediately telegraphed that they were being bad and then they learned a lesson about it, but growing up and getting out of the safe world where Christianity is the easy answer to everything and learning that yeah, it’s the answer to a lot, but it is in no way an easy answer, in someways it is actually a harder than more worldly alternatives. If life doesn’t give you easy answers, why should my book characters get easy answers even if they are Christians?
I once heard someone say we should write to please God, but to me it seems a little arrogant to assume I know what pleases God. I know He doesn’t want us to all write one way otherwise He’d only ever need one writer (and just in my experience, writers are EVERYWHERE, and for some reason He keeps making them.), so there must be multiple ways. I really do think we’re all just kids scribbling lopsided stick figures and out of proportion broccoli trees, but He sees the heart behind it, and still makes room on His refrigerator.
– This is so inspiring for me personally. I really appreciate you sharing this. If you had the ability to jump into any story and live there for a week, what book would you choose?
Lord of the Rings is the obvious answer, so obvious I feel bad about it and so am going to cheat. I want to go to the world of Myst. Yes, it is a computer game not a book BUT it had a three novel tie in (which I have read and enjoyed), so IT STILL COUNTS (Sorry, I get capital-lettery during NaNoWriMo … sips coffee). The thing about Myst is it is mostly safe. There aren’t a lot of things jumping out at you, biting at you, stabbing at you, but at the same time it is a series of endless puzzles, and you’d probably need to figure out an eight digit combination and do an interpretive dance just to get your breakfast cooked, so it would be an interesting week and you’d always have something to poke at. Also, it’s pretty. Like the world’s most inefficient resort/spa.
– Haha! That sounds pretty epic. Thanks so much for chatting with me H.L.! I am thrilled to have you as one of the special guests at the party and can’t wait to chat again real soon.
*H.L. will be chatting from 9:55-10:10 PM EST. Wonder what she is going to talk about?*
You’ll have to stop by the party on December 12th to find out! 😉 (But don’t worry! It’s going to be a lot of fun!)
Before you go, be sure to check out some of H.L.’s books online!