About PK Burian:
Every book PK Burian writes has an element of real-life experiences. Her David Finkleman series is no exception. She writes this series with her daughter, ME Drewry, who adds David's sarcasm and wit. Together they love to write humor in every story, and with David Finkleman, it's so easy to add humor to those difficult teenage years. PK lives in Olympia, Washington where you can walk the streets and know where she gets her ideas for this series from. ME lives in Anchorage, Alaska and teaches at Tutor Elementary.
What inspires you to write?
PK Burian has created stories from childhood to the present. She loves to create worlds, weaving true experiences into her stories. Writing is a passion that she loves. She will continue to write until she can no longer see the words on the screen and her fingers can't press the keys.
Tell us about your writing process.
PK was lucky enough to learn the process of writing from Frank Lambirth. From concept to editing manuscript, he taught her the long, and sometimes, tedious steps to creating an interesting book that holds a reader from beginning to end. Outlining a book is a must! Creating character sketches is necessary. Keeping a binder on each story, helps her get organized and allows her to reference what she's written. She often will create a house through photographs she's found in magazines and online.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All books should be character driven. Listening to your characters often can change your story in the direction it should go versus the direction you had outlined.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is a LONG process. You will never stop learning to write better. Listen to your reader's comments. Learn from them and improve upon them. Be grateful for those comments, good or bad, because it means someone is reading your work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I first published through traditional publishing houses in romance. Amazon bought my publishing house and my royalties took a nose dive. So I decided to try self-publishing. I've been self-publishing for many years now and have learned a great deal. I like the freedom I get from self-publishing. I also like the freedom to switch between a publishing house and self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing and traditional publishing will continue to exist. I think writer's need the options. Personally, I have to have a book in my hand because it's what I grew up with. So, I do believe that paperback publishing will always thrive, despite it being more expensive than an ebook. Plus, children love having a softback to look at versus an ebook on a screen.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: middle-grade mystery-fantasy, middle-grade mystery, romance, coloring books, puzzle books, and picture books
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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