This is how legend says it began. A long, long time ago … a little girl decided to let her imagination run ramped. Throughout this ever-evolving process she mixed and mingled legends of adventures and inserted many of her own characters, I’m sure will stay with us long after her stories have come to an end. You know, those memorable personalities who unexpectedly pop into our thoughts … pure reflections of the tales she weaves with seeming artlessness. Her characters come alive to merge, appear, vanish and they strengthen their bonds of friendship along the way. Sometimes it is a quest to explore one of the many places Lita Burke has created. It’s thrilling to read about a dashing rescue in order to save the day.
Visiting her site is akin to slipping down a rabbit hole and landing where you never dreamed you’d be. It’s a wondrous chance of fantasy fate, when you look about to realize you’re surrounded by the complexity of her creatures and in discovering the magic that makes you never want to leave. The artwork and graphics are fresh, intriguing, and the lands of which she speaks are far from the world in which we live. She’ll take you on a journey only to make you wait for the next installment of that continuing story. It’s enchantment and romantic and bone chilling, too, with dashes of this and that, to keep us hanging on until her next reveal.
The other day I sent out a Tweet, which read:
@LitaBurkeWriter I don’t know where to start! It’s like entering a candy shop. All I can think to say is “Lita Lita Lita … You R Amazing!”
Tumbling down that rabbit hole might be the best thing you do all day. There’s such range of variety to read and best of all, you might not want to stop.
Theresa: Lita, at this point I really need to know how you think up all this stuff? The descriptions of these fantasy places are incredible. Where do your ideas start?
Lita: For me, the process is as natural as breathing. I have always been fascinated with how and why things work. If no one else knows, then I fill in the holes and make it up as I go along and tell myself “maybe things work this way…”
Theresa: How long has it taken you to create a whole new language complete with little glossary terms?
Lita: The glossary is the result of creating consistent rules for fantasy worlds in my stories. Fantasy fans delight in the absurd as long as the author doesn’t contradict the rules.
Theresa: I looked up the word novelette … a short novel, light, romantic or sentimental in character. I suppose it is born from ebooks written for Kindle or Amazon. Am I correct in my deductions?
Lita: At 7,500 to 20,000 words, the novelette is longer than a short story, but not as long as a novella. Its length is well suited for ebooks. I find that a novelette has plenty of room for a reader to step into one of my fantasy worlds, meet some folks, and snoop around.
Theresa: I assume there are many bloggers who would like to understand the process of being published online. Can you give us some pointers and a few of the most commonplace rules to guide us?
Lita: The most important “rules” about blogging are choosing whom you are writing for, and what you want to say to them. I suggest you pick a theme (my blog’s theme is about the scary and fascinating delights of fantasy worlds). Also pick a writing style (I am a humble scribe for wizards and enchanters).
Theresa: How long have you been writing ebooks and was it a complicated process or a relatively easy one? Any more tips?
Lita: I’ve written and published ebooks for over two years. The mechanics of producing ebooks is straightforward—paperbacks too. I have two tips: first, research before you buy any author services and ask other Indies for suggestions. Second, improve your writing craft by learning how to plan plots, write riveting dialogue, and master scene description.
Theresa: This is excellent advice. Lita do you draw your own artwork or do you work with an artist?
Lita: I humbly admit that my talents lie with words, not images. I use stock photography for my blog and hire professional book cover artists.
Theresa: “Lita’s Worlds” … places like elsewheres. This is major fantasy speak. Please describe where elsewheres are located. I’m assuming there is more than one.
Lita: Ooh, I love visiting fantasy elsewheres. Let me name a few: Hogwarts, Oz, Middle Earth, Narnia, and down the rabbit hole. Where are they located? Just follow the second star on the left, and straight on ‘til morning. Or you can just pick up a fantasy book and find one inside.
Theresa: How many books have you written and at which age did you realize you wanted to become an author?
Lita: I have published five books. I am currently drafting two more novels that I plan to publish within the next year. I have about seven manuscripts that need quite a bit of work to make them presentable. I was about five years old when I figured out that people wrote the stories in books, and I wanted to be one of those people. Of course, at five years old I had to learn my ABCs first.
Theresa: How cute! Tell us something about where you grew up and what you did along the way to present readers with the gift of your imagination.
Lita: My family lived in a rural area and childhood friends lived too far away to visit unless our parents took us in a car. My siblings were quite a bit older, and I didn’t have much in common with them. I entertained myself with reading everything in the grade school library. I didn’t share my stories until high school, when I found a kindred spirit in one of my English teachers.
Lita: I’m rather fond of Wizard Kadmeion, but of course I’m female and he is not. There is probably an elsewhere where that conundrum would not be an issue.
Theresa: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Lita: Steven King, Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, and Terry Pratchett.
Theresa: Have you ever set up a story in modern day? If so, which is it?
Lita: I have a complete manuscript of a woman-in-jeopardy thriller set in modern day about a gal who solves a decades-old murder and is tangled up in the killer’s revenge. My husband stayed up all night reading the manuscript so he could find out how it ended. The plot therefore has spousal approval, but the story needs rework before I’d foist it on my readers.
Theresa: Where do you live? Do you enjoy traveling? Apart from writing what are some of the things you enjoy doing?
Lita: I live on the edge of a large metropolitan city. I’m so-so for traveling, but I do love vacationing at the beach and in the mountains. When I’m not working my day job or doing my fantasy writing, I like to play poker or go camping.
Theresa: Who has most inspired you to follow your obvious passion for your fantasy worlds?
Lita: My mother was tolerant of my introverted ways and encouraged me to write down my visits to fantasy worlds.
Theresa: Have you ever shaped a person or entity that later you could not like?
Lita: When I was in college, I wrote a novel about the Enchanters of Sye (one of my current fantasy worlds) that had a bad guy that was too nebulous. Yuck. I kicked him out of my Sye fantasy world and instead dreamed up a proper controversy between the sensual Enchanters and the strict moralistic magicians of the Church.
Theresa: What is your idea of having a good time?
Lita: I enjoy going to the carnival and marveling at the dazzling lights and dark fun. Kids shriek on the rides and act terrified of the clowns. Teen sweethearts emerge with guilty flushed faces from the Tunnel of Love. Cotton candy is no more than pink-spun spider webs. I love it.
Theresa: You seem right at home on social media and are noticeably engaged with the people with whom you connect. Are you naturally relaxed in these venues or did it take time to be at ease?
Lita: It took a few months to figure out what to say on social media. I’m a very private person, but I’ll bore my family to tears chatting about my writing. On social media, most folks want to hear about my writing-related matters.
Theresa: Are you a moviegoer? What’s the last one you watched?
Lita: I enjoy going to the theatre and seeing movies. I love fantasy and science fiction flicks, and will consider case-by-case other types of films. The last movie I saw at the theatre was The Hobbit.
Theresa: What do you expect from yourself? By this I mean have you reached most of your goals in life and if not, would you consider sharing some of them with us?
Lita: I am very satisfied with my career goals in my day job. For my writing, I have many more things to do. I’d like to publish 100 novels before I die. I want to collect five hundred thousand blog followers and a million Twitter followers. I would like to sit down with Steven King, drink a couple of beers, and talk about how fun it is to write stories that scare the bejesus out of people.
Theresa: “6 Critical Elements For Fantasy World Building”, is a series of posts you wrote. What is the main purpose for these instructions?
Lita: These posts are the most successful for my blog—they still get many hits each week. With them, I took a different angle on a very popular writer’s craft topic and described what I thought was critical as a fantasy reader.
Theresa: What are you plans for the remainder of 2014?
Lita: I plan to release the next Clockpunk Wizard story, called Glitter Ponies, by the end of the year. In Glitter Ponies, Lady Luck’s daughter helps Wizard Kadmeion discover the cause of a mysterious unicorn illness.
Theresa: What do you want our readers to know about you that you haven’t shared before?
Lita: Although I sometimes write about fantastical and scary things, I am an insufferable optimist. Why? Because now is a terrific time in all of human history to be an author. With little more than a computer and connection to the Internet, anyone can compose scribbles (or words of wisdom) and give them to the world.
Lita Burke has a fascinating imagination and describes herself this way …
“I am a humble scribe for wizards and enchanters”.
Lita, I thank you for spending time with me. I’m getting my Kindle next month!
As an avid reader and kindred spirit I certainly appreciate that she recognizes herself as an instrument in channeling the creative universe. Her characters almost jump off the pages of her books, and once read they are personalities to remember. And when you do visit her site it matters not which direction you take to land in her “elsewheres” … or do what I do … fall down the rabbit hole.
She is a master storyteller. I like how she thinks and she loves her readers to snoop around. Hurry on over to Lita’s World and remember to bring some cotton candy.
About Theresa H Hall
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