Let’s dive right into another author interview. Today, I’m introducing you to Jenny Burke, a woman who streams together her experiences, research, and dreams to create characters and stories. Passionate about the outdoors, exploring and imagining possibilities, please welcome Jenny and enjoy.
Describe yourself in 150 words or less.
I’m an author, reader, artist, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. I write and draw the worlds that grow in my mind and research details to understand them. My Dragon Dreamer series has dragons and an undersea world. I toss colored lightning with my dragons and grow pearls beneath the waves with my shape-shifters.
My stories blend imagination with real science and author experiences. The Dragon Dreamer series grew from my years at sea, a fascination with the alien, intelligent octopuses, and a love of dragons. I live in Georgia. Visit my website at www.jennysburke.com to see some of the fantasy snowflakes that my dragons grow in the winter clouds!
If you didn’t decide to become a writer, what else would you like to be when you grow up?
I’ve worked as an artist, chemist, teacher, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. I’ve always been a writer, but more recently a writer of novels. I’m fascinated by all that goes into a novel and marvel at the variety of worlds within the minds of fellow authors.
Tell us about your published works.
The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke has flying dragons, an undersea world, and unexpected friendship. It’s a science fantasy adventure layered for readers age 9 to 99.
Arak is a dragon misfit. Determined to prove himself, he leaves on a quest, flies far over the sea . . . and crashes. Badly wounded, he faces death. A fearless, shape-shifter octopus named Scree finds and heals him, and an unexpected friendship begins.
Arak returns to the Winter Festival, where dragons carve glaciers with fire and toss lightning bolts in the clouds. When an undersea volcano erupts, this triggers a towering tsunami and a deadly chain of events. Can Arak use his unique gifts to save the dragons?
Dragon Lightning by J.S. Burke is Book II of the Dragon Dreamer series, with ice dragons and a waking super volcano.
Drakor seems like a normal young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. But he alone feels the changing heart of his island Volcano. It destroyed his beloved sire. Now he foresees their doom, but none will listen. As he seeks proof, the Volcano shakes him off into the frozen sea.
Meanwhile, Arak sails north with golden dragons and undersea shape-shifters. Dorali joins the quest, searching for adventure and escape as she struggles to cope with her terrible scars. The crew seeks a beautiful legend but discovers a terrifying reality when they rescue Drakor. Ice dragons are not what Arak expected, and Drakor’s waking volcano threatens all three realms.
Do you sing in your car? If not, where can someone catch you singing?
I sometimes sing in the car, and more often when I’m alone, anywhere. Every song I know is attached to strong memories.
What’s your biggest source of inspiration?
I have vivid memories of my experiences diving, sailing, caving, and hiking. I’ve read hundreds of research papers and I’ve known many people. I like to imagine “what if”, and then this all flows in to add detail. It’s extra fun to understand the science behind my science fantasy world.
Is it important for people to like you? Explain.
It’s nice to be liked, but not the most important thing. I try to put myself in the other person’s shoes to understand their needs, and help if I can. Ultimately, it’s more important to do the right thing even if it means some won’t like you.
In regards to writing, what are you working on now?
I’ve started writing Book III of the Dragon Dreamer series. I want to finish my Dragon Dreamer Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book, and also finish Crystal Book III.
What’s the one gift for writers that you would love to get for your birthday?
I’d like more #2 envelopes for mailing my books. I’d also like quality watercolor paper and brushes to paint my covers (this can be expensive).
When you’re not writing, where can people find you hanging out in the virtual world?
I asked Jenny to send me one of her favorite underwater species with a little synopsis as to why it’s one of her favorites. Here’s what she had to say.
Octopuses are extremely intelligent and clever undersea beings. Some kinds can change their shape, color, and texture to match almost anything. Recently, a true undersea octopus village was discovered by scientists. I was prescient! Scree, the main octopus shape-shifter in my Dragon Dreamer books, has become popular.
Dragons and Dreamers,