Allie Burke


An American novelist, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.

Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.

Violet Midnight is her first novel.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Why do these things always have to begin with an embarrassing story? I started writing because of Twilight. A friend gave me the first book, and I was so apprehensive. Vampires? Really? I was stuck on Koontz thrillers at the time. But she practically made me, so I did. And read the rest of the series in a weekend. It was so... gorgeous, and mysterious, and fun, to put yourself in a place like Forks, Washington through literature. But it was missing something. I couldn't quite relate all the way. I kept going back to the bookstore looking for that book like Twilight that would provide that fulfillment, but I never found it. So I wrote the book I genuinely wanted to read. And Violet Midnight was born. I had never planned to write anything beyond that or even publish it, but I enjoyed it too much not to share. And when I read an article by Tymothy Longoria that introduced me to the world of writing and ultimately to the world of myself, I just kept on writing and never stopped.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh for all what is holy in this world. What is the story behind my latest book. My whole life's story? Someone who used to be very close to me was diagnosed with a mental illness. It rocked me for a very long time, until this person (or who I used to know her as) disappeared from my life completely. I researched my heart out about every significant detail on mental illness, and thought I was a know it all. That is until I embraced a friendship with someone who introduced me to an entirely alternate world within my own that I never knew existed. Through human connection I learned mental illness is not an illness but a condition. What I have learned about people, about existence in my life is more than I could have ever expected or hoped for. Which is unfortunate for book writing, because it has been nearly two years since I have published anything, which is kind of unheard of in the indie world. But I do believe in quality over quantity, so it is what it is. It'll be ready when it's ready.
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Where to find Allie Burke online

Where to buy in print


Broken Voices
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Coming of age
No human can save another; we can only save ourselves. Poetically composed, Bestselling Author of The Enchanters series gives a glimpse into the post-apocalyptic war that is THE ENDERS, and the two people most unwilling to fight it. All proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. Nowhere Train, book one of THE ENDERS, coming Spring 2015.
The Sandman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
The Sandman... a short diary of self-destruction A short story to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Smashwords book reviews by Allie Burke

  • Sacrifice on June 12, 2011

    When I reviewed Nicole Ireland's A Second Chance, I attested to her beautiful writing. With Sacrifice, she has secured my opinion of that gorgeous style. "They both smelled of baby powder, soap and innocence." Though it was chilling, heartbreaking and, at times, downright gruesome, Sacrifice is still a beautiful story from a widely talented author. Five stars.
  • For Nothing on July 10, 2011

    I LOVED this book. This is the first "Mafia Crime Thriller" I've ever read. Mystery, suspense, thrillers, yes, but never anything like this. Naturally, going into it, I had no idea what to expect. I read this book on my computer. I sat down, leaning back comfortably as I prepared myself to be there for a while. I read the first three lines of the book... and I gasped. I sat up in my chair, leaned forward and with my eyes relentlessly scanned the screen for the rest of the story. It had me, and didn't let go until the end. For Nothing is beautifully written. The atmosphere, the conditions and surroundings and senses-Denmon's descriptions are flawless. As I read, I was cold. Throughout my experience with most of this book, I clutched a blanket tight around me. (I live in Southern California, mind you.) I was shivering. I twitched. I cringed. This book got into my head. Its words deeply affected me. The feeling it ensued, a feeling of dread, an internal chill-I couldn't shake it off. Not that I wanted to. No, I just wanted to keep reading. There has been only one other book in my experience that succeeded to do what For Nothing has done. It spun me. All the way around. Going into it, I was with the good guy. Rooting for him. In my head praising him as he struggled through his journey to revenge. Halfway through the book and suddenly I was with the bad guy. Not only was I with him, I was in LOVE with him. Everything about him enticed me. I wanted Rafael Rontego to prevail. And if anything happened that was even remotely against the survival of Rafael, I was upset. Angry. Suddenly I wanted revenge if anyone so much as threatened him. Through the rest of the book, Rafael Rontego was my man. He still is. I give For Nothing the highest rating because it is as it should be. It is a crime thriller that has everything a book of this genre should have. It was cold-blooded. It was ruthless. Suspenseful. Humorous, when it needed it to be. Scary. Accurate. Intriguing. Thrilling.
  • Exiled (The Protector Book 1) on July 23, 2011

    "I dodged the razor sharp claws coming towards me and turned to face the demon." UM! What?!!! "Keep reading," your mind commands you as you read the first line of this heart-stopping fantasy. AMAZING debut novel. I loved every minute of it. Merrick's style of writing had me in awe from start to finish. Its smooth. Its refined. Its as if someone with the utmost experience on the subject is telling the story from the depths of the world it exists in. There was never a moment in this book where I had to go back and reread something. Not once. Merrick's words flow into his story THAT well. The story itself was brilliant, with fresh twists on original myths, unique characters that I fell in love with from the very beginning, and heart-stopping action that never lets up. Amazing. (Impatiently) waiting for the next one.
  • Slice on Feb. 10, 2014

    I find myself at a loss for words when a review comes in for one of my short stories that hopes for a more elaborate or lengthier version, which happens more than not. I feel like the authors who have the capability to bleed a character’s emotions onto the page in the shortest frame of time possible, have a unique gift with words. This feat is the appeal of the fantastically told short story. That’s the whole point. If said beautifully told story was a full length novel, it would just be another book. With all the time in the world, humans can achieve anything. But it takes a special brand of person – a special brand of artist – to use only the resources, and time, at his fingertips, to create something beautiful. Bennett did not have a pen. He did not have paper. He had his own blood and the walls that boxed him in, and he painted them red. I must find myself, now, a hypocrite. I must admit, that yes, I wanted to read more of Slice. I wanted to feel more of the pain that our protagonist forces upon us. But, again. The short story has appeal, when written properly, and Slice is the product of an author who writes with passion and holds nothing back. A piece that not only makes you feel something, but makes you feel everything, Slice is a darkly beautiful work of art that I would highly recommend to every fan of the written word.