Thomasina Burke is a native Phoenician who loves just about everything in Arizona. She and her husband Bill reside in Phoenix, but every weekend they head up the dirt road to their cabin in Crown King, Arizona. A Registered Nurse and Volunteer Firefighter, she can also be found hiking any of the Phoenix mountains, Irish dancing, or planning a new travel adventure. “Magic Bridge” is her first novel.
What inspires you to write?
My husband came up with a wonderful idea for this book, and I decided to just go ahead and try my hand at writing the story. Amazingly enough, it came together, and the feedback from my readers made it all worthwhile. Without even meaning to write the first book, I already have a sequel to Magic Bridge because of all of my readers asking, “what happens next?”
Tell us about your writing process.
I write one small chapter a day, and I have a best friend that I send the daily updates to. If I miss a day or two, she starts nagging me incessantly until I give in and start writing again! I do nothing “typical” like an outline or character sketches, I just sit down and let it flow. Sometimes I have to do some research, for example, when my characters were traveling through Nepal. Generally, though, I just allow it to happen.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, most definitely. My books are written from the viewpoint of three characters, so I had to find each of their voices and make sure that they were consistent. In both books (Magic Bridge and the sequel Bridge of Fire) one of the characters was a male, so I had to run those segments by my husband to see if he thought it sounded plausible.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find a writing group or a couple of really good friends that you don’t mind baring your soul to, and just sit down and write something. You never know what beauty you might have to share with others.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At first it was a way to pay tribute to my lovely sister who had recently passed away from breast cancer, and to highlight the small town where we have a cabin. Eventually, my writing group told me how wonderful the book was and that I absolutely had to publish it. The second book came about at the urging of my readers, and now I want to use it as a vehicle to publicize the tragedy of our wildland firefighters who recently died in the Yarnell Fire.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that we will continue to see the move away from traditional publishing and more self-published and Indie authors. I think that is wonderful on one hand, but it has become easier for books that aren’t particularly well written or developed to be out there. Still, everyone has a chance to write their story and hold a finished product in their hands, and that is a beautiful concept.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Travel, Adventure, Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print