Coreena McBurnie


My name is Coreena McBurnie and, ever since grade 5 when I had to do a report on Theseus and the Minotaur, I have had a soft spot for Greek mythology. When I hit university, I was drawn to the Classical Studies department (earning both a BA & MA), where I explored the archaeology and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds — and also where I managed to read Homer’s Odyssey, one of my absolute favourite books, in the original Greek, something which was thrilling for me (I know, sounds crazy, but the poetry and scope of the original text is amazing). After a lifetime of “what is that?”, “why did you study that?”, and “what can you do with a degree in Classical Studies?” I have decided to write novels based in ancient myth and to bring so many of the stories I love to life for a modern audience, with my own spin, of course.

Prophecy, Book 1 in the Antigone Series, is my first published novel. Currently I am working on Book 2 in the Antigone Series, called Fate. I am also in the middle of another novel about Clytemnestra who is notorious in Greek myth for killing her husband, Agamemnon, when he returned home from the Trojan War. I love exploring the motives of strong women in ancient myth.

I live in BC, Canada with my husband, our three kids, and our cat, in a beautiful part of the country, on two rivers, surrounded by ranches, near ski hills, and only a couple of hours drive to the ocean.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've written poetry off and on for years and have journalled irregularly throughout my life. However, in 2009 I discovered National Novel Writing Month and that really helped me to get into the creative flow and quelsh that nasty inner editor that was holding me back. It gave me a new leash on my writing because I didn't worry about my writing being good or bad for the first time, but just getting the words down. Then I spent years editing. Nano helped me to develop the courage to write about Antigone, someone I've always been fascinated by.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called Prophecy, and it is about Antigone, a princess of ancient Thebes, and daughter to the infamous Oedipus who married his mother, killed his father, and blinded himself. I was first introduced to Antigone as a character in first year university when I read Sophocles' Oedipus trilogy and fell in love with the story and the strength of Antigone's character. She was so different from many other classical women -- she stood up for herself and her family against all odds. She really is a lot of fun and I always wanted to write about her, but wasn't sure where to begin, given the touchy subject matter of incest and murder. In 2011 I decided on a whim to tackle it head on and not to make excuses for what was in the ancient myths and legends and just started writing. Out came Antigone's true story and her unique voice.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,880. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone, a princess in ancient Thebes, must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself?

Smashwords book reviews by Coreena McBurnie

  • Doodling on Aug. 22, 2011

    I loved this story! It was fun, well written and imaginative. Doodling is a short book of 36 pages about a man named Neville who finds the world is moving too fast and he cannot keep up any more, so he jumps off into an asteroid belt where he meets a variety of different characters. This is a type of cautionary tale, with the silly, funny story of Neville roaming through the asteroid belt trying to figure out a way to stop the world from crashing into them. Then there is the allegorical story, with its deeper meaning and engaging questions about human beings and their priorities. Gould questions in a simple way why and how we do things, but is not preachy or judgemental. I found his writing to be observant, witty and engaging. Doodling is well worth the read, especially if you want something different and thoughtful, as well as a good laugh. It will entertain and get you to think at the same time.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Sep. 24, 2014

    This is a great free and easy to read book about marketing your book written by Smashwords founder, Mark Coker. I have yet to publish my book, but am doing so soon, so am doing research to help with the marketing. Coker's book has lots of great tips, all of them free, about how to market your book. The first half of the book gives a bit of a history of self publishing and outlines what Smashwords does, how books are distributed. I have seen a lot of complaints that this book is just a big advertizement for Smashwords, but I enjoyed learning more about what they do -- and it is a free book put out by Smashwords. Also, don't read that part of the book if you don't like it. Next, Coker explains about book marketing and social media, how hyperlinks work, building a platform, and how authors can help each other. This was a useful overview, especially for someone like me who is diving right in and trying to understand how it all works. Finally, there are 41 free marketing tips. You can pick and choose what to do and what will work for you. Some are easy, like updating your email signature, and some are more involved like, publish more than one book. This is a great check list of things to do, compiled in an easy list with clear instructions on how to do them and why they are a good idea. Overall, I got a lot out of this book -- and it gets the juices going for how to market, something I'm not familiar with at all. I appreciate Coker putting this book out and especially that it is free. I didn't always agree with his advice, but it gave me a place to start and lots to think about.