About The Author

E. P. Ned Burke has worked in the publishing business for 40 years. Besides holding the title of editor of many newspapers in Florida and Pennsylvania, he was owner of Independent Publishing Company and served as editor and publisher of Yesterday’s Magazette, New Writer’s Magazine and Writer’s Guidelines and News Magazine.  

He lives in Sarasota, Florida and has published seven novels and numerous e-books, short stories, articles, and columns. 

He is also author of Shoestring Publishing and Writing Tidbits.

E. P. Ned Burke

E. P. Ned Burke

He is currently the president of E. P. Burke Publishing and founder of Yesterday's Magazette and Writer's Magazette.

In addition, he is the owner of many websites and other Magazettes listed at Magazettes.com.

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* Full Text of My SRQ Magazine Interview Below: 

SRQ: Tells us about the books you have written.

EPNB: My two fiction genres are what I call Fictional Memoirs and Mystery/Horror novels. The fictional memoirs consist of The Hero of Barryton and 1959-In Search of Eldorado. My Amos Grant mystery/horror series consist of Naked Lies, Dead Man's Hand, and The Dead Ringer of Taterville. 

*This series was inspired from my days when I served as editor of the weekly newspaper in Arcadia (Taterville). Amos Grant happens to be a weekly editor/amateur sleuth.

SRQ: How did you get into writing?

EPNB: I like to tell the story of a writing assignment I had in fourth grade when my teacher asked us to write a personal letter to our moms for Mother's Day. I wrote that letter from my heart because I knew nobody but my mother was going to read it. When she did she became extremely emotional and hugged me and said through her tears she would cherish that letter until the day she died. It was at that moment that I fully realized the enormous power of the written word. That's when I vowed I would become a writer.

My first monetary sale was a little jingle I penned for a local radio station at the age of 12. Then I wrote poetry and songs and short humorous columns. A few columns were bought by a local weekly newspaper where I later landed a full-time position, staying in the newspaper field for almost twenty years before starting my own publishing/printing/magazine business.

SRQ: How do you make each book and plot different from the other?

EPNB: I get many of my ideas from newspapers and the Internet. For instance, there was a story about face transplants that caught my eye. After I read up on it, I had my villain undergo a number of face transplants to keep his true identity secret. The only problem was that the skin would fall off over time leading to some gruesome scenes like this one in the prologue of my latest book: 

The Fireman smiled through artificial teeth and studied his reflection in the rearview mirror of his rented black Lincoln. 

Like uncooked chicken, gobs of skin dangled from his cheeks. He used the point of his sharp knife to flick off a piece of stringy flesh from below his right eye.

"Looks like I could use another face transplant," he said, matter-of-factly."

SRQ: Do you get nervous about criticism about your work?

EPNB: Not really. At my age (68) I've received and given a lot of criticism, constructive and otherwise. It's all subjective–just one person's opinion. In the end, you are the final judge of your own work.

SRQ: What genre do you write most often and why?

EPNB: I lean toward mysteries when my mind is sharp. I like the joy in discovering a new and different, but plausible, solution to the dilemma in which I place my poor characters. But I also enjoy the humor and familiar characters I can bring to my fictional memoirs, much of it taken from my own life. 

SRQ: What is your favorite book you have written and why?

EPNB: I'd have to say 1959-In Search of Eldorado. This "Catcher In The Rye" meets "American Graffiti" fictional memoir is based a lot on my own coming of age as a 17-year-old confused Pennsylvania prep student with questions about morality, mortality, and the mighty mammary glands of Marilyn Monroe. 

SRQ: Do you write about personal experiences? Why or why not?

EPNB: In some way, I believe all authors use personal experience in their novels. Like many, I take a memory from my life and simply embellish it a little, or a lot. As Mark Twain said: "I don't know anything that mars good literature so completely as too much truth. Facts contain a great deal of poetry, but you can't use too many of them without damaging your literature."

SRQ: How is seeing your book published rewarding?

EPNB: Having a book published puts one in high esteem, often undeservedly so. The people looking up to you don't see the average person who simply spent countless hours looking down at a keyboard … and maybe wiping away a few beads of blood from the forehead from time to time. 

SRQ: Does writing ever get monotonous?

EPNB: Tedious maybe, but never uninteresting. Writers are always learning new things about themselves and the world around them. I've never met a dull writer, yet.

SRQ: How do you deal with editors? Is it hard if they want to change something?

EPNB: Having worked as a weekly newspaper editor and now as editor of my two magazines, Writer's Magazette and Yesterday's Magazette, I don't envy the decisions book editors must make. I have made changes at the request of other editors. They are often right. Nothing can beat an extra pair of eyes going over your work. It's amazing how hard it is to see your own mistakes and how easy it is to find the mistakes made by others.

SRQ: What has been the biggest thing to influence your writing?

EPNB: A flippant response would be money, or lack of it. But, actually, the biggest influence for me is reading the works of other writers. Authors like Stephen King, Robert B. Parker, James Patterson, James Lee Burke, David Baldacci and Dan Brown have influenced me a great deal. These are today's masters that I try to emulate.

SRQ: Is there anything else you'd like to add? Any other notable thoughts,

stories or ideas?

EPNB: In addition to being grateful for this opportunity to be published in SRQ Magazine, I'd like to urge anyone with a strong writing desire to do so. I admit it is not the easiest or most financial rewarding career to pursue, but your words may change or bring a little joy to the world … or to one person's life. And that is a noble endeavor.


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