Ralene Burke

Why I Started Writing:

While I have always been a writer, I really started diving in when I was pregnant with my first child and my husband was deployed. It was a way to keep my mind busy and to work out all those hormonal emotions. After all that, writing just kind of stuck and my passion for the craft continued to grow. Now I couldn’t imagine not writing, not having that outlet, that escape, that passion.

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

Growing up, I loved all kinds of writers from C.S. Lewis to Shel Silverstein to Lois Lowry to Carolyn Keene. As I got older, I dove into mysteries and suspense. Not until my late twenties did I start getting into speculative fiction more, even as a writer. Many writers contributed to who I am as a writer. I’m not sure I could say any one influenced me more than another, though I will say that Frank Peretti is the reason I write speculative fiction. 

Books I Have Written:

Bellanok: fantasy adventure (self-published; available on Amazon)

A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in.

With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He's tired and frustrated--a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.

Fauna must open Brian's eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven's secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

What I'm Working On Now:

I’m writing an epic YA fantasy, Aletheia, the first book in a trilogy for Elk Lake Publishing.

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