About E.E. Burke:
E.E. Burke writes sexy, suspenseful historical romance set in the American West. Her latest series, Steam! Romance and Rails, features stories based on true events from America’s westward expansion. Her writing has earned accolades in regional and national contests, including the prestigious Golden Heart®.
Over the years, she’s been a disc jockey, a journalist and an advertising executive, before finally getting around to pursuing her dream of writing novels. Her stories are as deeply rooted in American soil as her family, which she can trace back to the earliest colonists and through both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and three daughters, the greatest inspiration of all.
What inspires you to write?
Honestly, I couldn’t dream up better ideas than those I find while researching. History inspires me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Historical research inspires characters, setting and plot ideas. From there, I envision a very high level story (turning points), and then I write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters come to me “whole” — that is, they are real and have names and personalities, although I get to know them better as I write the story. I’m pretty much “in their skin” when I’m writing from one or the other POV.
What advice would you give other writers?
Focus on your writing first and foremost.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self publishing allows me to target niche audiences and gives me control over the product. On the downside, it is more work that I ever imagined. It’s an individual decision and only you can decide which path is right.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s an open field, constantly changing. More than ever, authors have to be their own advocates while seeking out resources and professionals who can help them.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, Historical, Western
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print