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)/
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.”
The magical world Elsewhen is merging with our own world of technology, producing two moons and altering reality.
Kayla is summoned to deal with the three rival sisters who rule Elsewhen and discover its secrets. Her quest is to save both worlds. But will it be too late?
“Lovers of fairy tales will savor every reference and find the humor absolutely delightful.”--Readers' Favorite
What if you found yourself inside a computer role-playing game and the landscape and rules were constantly changing?
Ruth and Jesse are warped into a patchwork world with imported bits of games and ever-changing rules, while a mage and a thief take their places back in Chicago. Storms centered on a mysterious island may hold the answer to the secret of survival. But can they get back to Chicago?