Interview with Belinda Burke

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee! But really, after that, it's the writing - one word after another, as they say. I remember being eight, and asked to choose a special project for school. I wasn’t allowed to write a better Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (the next year I would enter the world of fanfiction and do it anyway) but I did manage permission to make my project a book of poetry. Suffice it to say, I really, really wanted to write something, even if I now cringe at my eight-year-old self’s idea of “fine rhyme”...and the want has not gone away!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes! In fact, as I mentioned above, the first thing I wanted to write, I ended up writing a year later - Star Wars, the retelling. My best friend and I were angry at the last movie for making Leia into Luke’s sister. In our version they weren’t siblings, they got married. Also Han kept dying and getting resurrected, and Yoda lived on Hoth. I have thankfully learned a great deal about plot holes since then - and about the right reasons to kill off a character.
What is your writing process?
Every book starts out the same way – a scene that won’t leave me alone. Sometimes more than one, but always at least one, even when all I have is nameless, faceless characters who are doing things for unknown reasons. Once I have that first scene down on paper, either the words keep coming and I write straight through, until the book is done, or I stop and vaguely outline what’s going to happen, then bounce around writing scenes as they come to mind. Regardless, there’s always music playing in the background, a playlist for every book – and occasionally I watch movies for ambiance.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have to start this list with Frank Herbert and Murasaki Shikibu - and then jump straight into the rest of the old classics of sci-fi. Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Dick - Douglas Adams, though he's in a class of his own, and Tolkien, for the sake of "Red ran the dew in Rammas Echor"...the list of authors I love is too long to fit in 6000 words, never mind 600, and I'm always open to new writers!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Favorite books...that list is long…very long! But the top few would have to be Frank Herbert’s "Dune", Murasaki Shikibu’s "Tale of Genji", and Ray Bradbury’s…well, everything. But I need three, so let's say...the "Martian Chronicles", "I Sing The Body Electric", and "Fahrenheit 451"! I’ve never met a genre I didn’t like, and that includes non-fiction. Research is the writer’s best friend, after all. But as to why - Dune is a complex, political drama, a study of desert ecology, a science fiction masterpiece, an exploration of human nature, and a cautionary tale that draws from messianic traditions and the realities of life. It is, quite honestly, amazing. The Tale of Genji is complex imperial drama, a study of Heian Japanese society, a fantasy-drama masterpiece, an exploration of human nature...and of course is also quite amazing.
Bradbury is....God?
Well! The trend should be obvious, I suppose. Those are the things I love - for really, in the end, the same reasons!
What do you read for pleasure?
My first go to is science fiction - the older, the better, lately. But I love new ideas in the genre as much as the old classics, for the simple reason that science fiction explores the human future, and our idea of the future is always evolving. I'm also a huge fan of fantasy, especially the epic, Tolkien-esque hero journeys - if your quest "stands upon the edge of a knife", I'm in!
I also read enormous amounts of non-fiction, physics, history, and philosophy especially. Some of it is for research, but a good deal of the stuff I read in this category is really just for fun. Did you know that there was once a Defenestration in Prague? Look it up! Fun stuff.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend more time than i would like doing the dishes...but I also cook for my family, and experiment with new cuisine from far off places, read a great deal of books, wander the city, play Baldur's Gate (it's old, I know it,I love it, don't judge me!) or even, old-fashioned as I am, embroider.
This is of course a question I answer with the caveat that living is research, so technically, I'm always writing!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is a difficult question. When I’m editing, the first draft is my favorite part – and when I’m writing the first draft, I can’t wait until it’s done so I have something with a real shape to edit. But overall, I think the very first spark, when suddenly my brain floods with an irresistible scene, is the best bit. For one instant I can almost see the whole book, and the characters and their defining moment take form. I love that instant.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! A pat answer, maybe, but really - the ultimate point of writing, at least for me, is to reach someone, somewhere. To inspire a moment of connection, of emotion, whether that is happiness or sadness, lust or laughter, and hopefully, more than a moment. A book without a reader is only half a story - it's in the telling that the words find their purpose.
What are you working on next?
Oh, the list is long! Currently, the erotic short "Anna In Suspense", volume five of the Luka's Pack series, is...due.
Following that, keep an eye out for a prequel to last year's Halloween special, "Rakushinpu", entitled "Rakushinpu: The Beginning". Set in the Edo period, this volume tells of the origins of the main character in "Rakushinpu". There's also a new Halloween special coming for this year, as a special surprise (keep an eye out for a title on this one) and finally, "Usagi-chan", the story of a very special pair of Japanese young men, attempting to feel their way into each other's hearts!
Published 2016-08-11.
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