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Obviously, I write YA. The genre is fantasy adventure. I spend most of waking nonworking time writing and revising "Uriah's Window", http://tfburke.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/book-pitch-uriahs-window/ the first book in an intended series - at this point I'm thinking there will be seven total. I have the first 3 books mapped out in an Excel spreadsheet.
I also write a few other things when it gets too noisy in my head. I've had 300+ articles published from daily newspaper to state-wide and regional magazines to national intranet media. I'm on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers' Group as the 2011 Write Stuff Conference Chair booking keynote speaker Donald Maass from the Donald Maass Literary Agency, the 2011-12 President and currently Ex-Officio (Past President), plus other offices.
For most of my adult life, I have played with a small band of "mercs" within a historical reenactment group. I've made friends who have become part of my extended family. And, besides being a lot of fun, this international non-profit organization provides a plethora of research resources.
One of my latest hobbies with this group is fencing "in a round" -- meaning it's not your typical collegiate fencing (meaning no foil and no staying on a line). Instead it's multi-weaponed -- for me it's usually a rapier in each hand though sword and dagger is enjoyable too. And in addition to practices and tournaments, one gets to experience melees. Yes, battles (not choreographed) with a bunch of people on both sides (two to several hundred.) So, in one fell swoop - comraderie, exercise, a fabulous amout of fun, and hands-on experience for fighting scenes.
Other things I easily can get lost in: Libraries and museums (please see could get lost for days if allowed), ancient civilizations, (the architecture, the mythologies, the anthropolgy, the theology), karoake, storytelling of almost any kind of venue - I particularly enjoy faery tales, spending time with family and friends, and considering what the keys to the universe really are... like... What is up with this quantum physics thing? and can thoughts really create reality? Are we really alone within all the dimensions, the ones we experience and the ones beyond our ken.
Happy writing and storyliving,
Tammy F. Burke