Kathy Burford


My humorous fantasies THE WIZARD WARP and ELSEWHEN are available as ebooks (in epub and mobi formats). I studied Russian and comparative literature and have been an editor for many years. I like humor and oddness in fantasies as well as mysteries and spend my time writing, reviewing, and developing my website, Speculations: Burford's Fantasy Odditorium (kathyburford.com)/

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Little Golden Book version of THE LITTLE RED HEN apparently made a big impression on me when I was extremely young. The Little Red Hen asks other farmyard animals to help. When they refuse, she says that she’ll do it herself. According to my mother, whenever people would try to help me when I was a little kid I’d say “Hen do,” meaning that I wanted to do it myself.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and grew up in Iowa City. The state’s motto used to be “Iowa: A Place to Grow,” not too catchy but true. Iowans tend to be low-key and mild-mannered. I think that contributes to being aware of nuance and maybe a bit reserved. “Iowa niceness” has become a cliché. I don’t remember where I read it, but someone was contrasting southern expansive storytelling and midwestern terseness. The southerner says: “That bear was so tall that his head scraped the branches as he came roaring like thunder. His claws were sharper than razors” (you get the picture). A midwesterner says: “Mighty big bear.”
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Where to find Kathy Burford online


Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,820. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Our world (When) and the magic world Elsewhen (ruled by three rival sisters) are being forced dangerously closer together by the merging of technology and magic. As keeper of the stone, can Kayla discover the secret in time to save both worlds? A humorous fantasy for readers of all ages, featuring outlandish inventions, strange illusions, and peculiar characters.
The Wizard Warp
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,150. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Computer role-playing gamer Ruth and her classmate Jesse, a novice player, change places with characters from their games. They are transported to a patchwork world where bits of games are being imported and the rules keep changing. They encounter a completely unexpected antagonist on an island in the middle of a poisoned lake and must learn the secret of how to get back to Chicago.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kathy Burford

  • I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves (A Loki Series) on June 27, 2015

    This is the opener of a six-part series featuring vet student Amy Lewis and her new pal—Loki (yes, that Loki). Fortunately both Amy and her Ukrainian grandmother know a lot about Norse mythology. Half of the book consists of flash-to-Asgard passages narrating Loki’s story. They feature his complex relationships with his family (e.g., Thor and Odin). The Midgard (our world) story features amusing touches such as a sheriff who checks with the Department of Anomalous Devices of Unknown Origin, which IDs Loki but lets him go as “the good guy.” Join the fun as Amy, her grandmother, and Loki (in various guises) set off for Alfheim (by car!) to visit the elf queen.