What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
I can't remember the exact phrasing but the idea of it was, “I didn't realize you were self-published. I thought you were a real writer, not someone I could talk to.”
If you were an architect what type of house/building would you design? Explain your answer please.
Something totally impractical, probably with a lot of those bookshelves that are actually secret doors and if possible a portal to Narnia. It would also have a room that looks like a Viking feasting hall and probably one with a big fireplace and bearskin rugs and an attic designed purely for my many many cats (I currently only have one cat, but if I had a house like that, I would be able to house many many cats. It would be foolish to turn down that opportunity.).
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
Not often. I think good humor has an element of surprise to it, and it is really hard to surprise yourself. I'll snicker and grin evilly a lot, though. Once time I did laugh out loud because I was doing edits on a book I had set aside for a few weeks, and there was a line I'd totally forgotten I'd written.
What is the last book you read? Why did you read it?
This is going to sound bad, but the reason was because it was really short and I was behind a book in my Goodreads challenge and needed something I could finish quickly to get back on track. I can be competitive sometimes. That's How She Rolls by C. L. Wells. It was a decent book. Probably would be a great book if you like contemporary romance, but that's not my usual thing. I like to read out of my normal genre every so often. Even though romance isn't my thing, it was a nice tale of two people meeting and getting to know each other. Simple and rather sweet.
What author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?
I honestly just want Neil Gaiman to read me bedtime stories and have tea with me and talk about recent episodes of Doctor Who … I wouldn't bother him with craft questions (because I can google those. I'm sure he's already answered them in interviews.), but I'm curious which Doctor is his favorite and if he'll write any more episodes and if he can pass the tea, please and thank you.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
J. R. R. Tolkien. I don't re-read books much. Once I read them, I tend to remember them, so there's just no need. I know some people who like to sort of “relive” it, but you can't really go back to “oh that's a surprise” so for me, once you've internalized the story, you don't have to go back … but Tolkien is different. Probably because of the scope of it, but whenever I read it I seem to find something new.
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C.M. Huddleston's Five Star Review of Cora and the Nurse Dragon
Burke has written a creative adventure story that includes DRAGONS! Her attention to detail and descriptions are well done. Her characters are fun and easy to like, and very much like children of any time period. There is a moral, if you want to call it that, a secret meaning behind the story that will linger for years in your subconscious. I would recommend her book to parents and children alike, especially those that enjoy fantasy. I hope she keeps writing for many years to come.
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