5 Minutes With Ralene Burke

Hello all! I hope all the writers are having a wonderful NaNoWriMo! And I hope you readers are getting a chance to snuggle up under a cozy blanket with your hot drink of choice and a good book–that’s what fall is for, right? 😉

Today, I want to introduce you to an author who is a dear friend of mine, Ralene Burke. Ralene is a wonderful, caring gal who I really look up to–and she recently started releasing her first novel in serial format! 🙂 Bellanok is truly enjoyable–I just finished reading Part 1 a couple of days ago, and I can’t wait to see where it’s going!

*Tell us a little bit about yourself/your novel:

I am the wife of a disabled veteran and homeschooling mama of 3 who decided to add to the insanity by adding writing and editing to the resume! I’ve written a couple of novels, which my agent is pitching to traditional houses.

Bellanok: The Reulctant Savior is the first part in a 5-part serialization. Here’s the backRalene Bellnock 1 The Reluctant Savior cover blurb:

Bellanok is a haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. Now the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm 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.

*Why did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

Because I couldn’t imagine being anything else (at the time). I had these stories to tell, 10700183_826431770711959_847746669942940741_oand each time I sat down at the computer it was pure joy. When I first started writing, I could sit for hours and just spill from my heart–when I wasn’t tending a newborn. After a couple of years of doing this, I decided to take my writing seriously–actually learn to write, start investing in my career, you know, the not-as-fun stuff.

*What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research for a story?

Exorcisms? I guess that’s not really funny or weird–well, it’s not weird if part of your writer personality loves the supernatural. Oh, I know. For part of my supernatural story, I had to research different actual attempts at discovering if humans have a soul and where in the body it might be. Yep. It was interesting . . . and weird.

*Where do you usually write? Can you show us a picture?1103152114a

Here is a picture of my desk where I usually write. This desk started out upstairs in my room, but last summer I finally got my own office! Yay!

*Give us a hint of where the rest of the story is going?

Well, Brian’s not really in any position to save anyone, even himself. He’ll be undergoing some changes–changes that come through learning some hard lessons. And Fauna, she doesn’t think she will play a big part in what’s to come, but she’s in for quite a surprise!

Thanks for joining us, Ralene! If Bellanok sounds like something you’d be interested in reading (and I really recommend checking it out!), you can find it here on Amazon. (It’s free to borrow for Amazon Prime & Kindle Lending Library subscribers!)

Published by H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home, hatitus.wordpress.com.

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