Clarissa Burton


Clarissa Burton aka Queen Of The Pen™, International Investigative Journalist and Womanist Media Historian, writes poetry and short stories. She has published in the Charleston Post-Courier, the KC Star, Flourish Magazine, and the KC Small Business Monthly. She has several blogs and is the founder of The BWE Bloggersphere™, Princess Onyx™, and Queen of the Pen Books™ websites; is a contributing writer for Black Women Deserve Better, BlogHer, CNN iReport, and Yahoo. She has published four books: Travel – A Poetry Compilation; Elijah’s Great Race; The Black Family Tree™ -a workbook and facilitator’s manual, Princess Onyx Precious Gems as well as Faces~Samantha, the first of a six-novel series. Clarissa is Navy veteran serving from 1984 to 1990. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Ottawa Univ. as well as an M.A. in Business from Webster Univ. She’s the mother of 3 and grandmother.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, my family moved to San Bernardino, California when I was 12. We lived in the valley area where we had an orchard that produced oranges, lemons, grapefruit, apricots, and my mom grew fresh vegetables. Living in the 'country' gave me lots of time to sit outside and watch and listen to nature. This type of environment helped me focus on writing my short stories and essays.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in the third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Brown, introduced my class to haiku. I've been in love with writing since.
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Faces~Samantha Book Trailer
Heroes come in small packages.

Interviews and Testimonials
Participating in the How To Write a Book in 40 Hours Challenge has given me the confidence boost I needed to just do it - WRITE!

Princess Onyx Fairytales Promo
The Princess Onyx™ children's book series is about a beautiful, Black princess named Onyx who experiences similar situations and deals with them in a positive manner with the support of her mother and father. Princess Onyx lives in the Kingdom of Jet with her parents, King Stygian and Queen Sable.

Princess Onyx Precious Gems Promo
Princess Onyx Precious Gems Book trailer.



Series: Faces Novel Series, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,750. Language: American English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Eight-year old Samantha is a beautiful, biracial girl who has an adoring father, Grayson, a baby brother, Tavis, who worships her, wonderful grandparents and aunt, Carol. What is missing is the affection and love from her mother, Tanya, who struggles to love anyone even herself.
Elijah's Great Race
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 690. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Cars
Elijah runs to the end of the hall. "Look at the RED car, Tata!" He says with excitement. "The BLUE car is faster! Let's race, Tata!" Together Elijah and Tata have a great race. Together they say, "V-room! V-room!"

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