What do you do when you aren’t working?
As mentioned, I have two daughters who are always up to something—I think the younger one may actually be a supervillain—so I keep an eye on them. I’m a casual gamer (most frequently Lord of the Rings online and Stardew Valley, but I’ll dabble in other things), and I try to read 50 books a year though I cheat with comic books and short stories to get my numbers up (mostly fantasy), and I’ve recently started playing Dungeons and Dragons (Level 6 Tieflng Wizard).
That said, most of my free time is put towards my side hustle of being a fantasy author. I’ve written multiple books under the name H.L. Burke. I’m an eclectic (read easily distracted) writer so I have published fairy tale fantasy, Steampunk, young adult fantasy, romantic fantasy, and superheroes. I’m currently neck deep in a superhero universe series called “Supervillain Rehabilitation Project” that involves an idealistic superheroine on a quest to reform supervillains and get them on the superhero path. She does so with her quirky team of superpowered misfits, including her former supervillain romantic interest, her sarcastic mind-reading brother, and a cat.
Generally speaking everything I write is a little quirky, kind of feelsy with themes of family and romance, and definitely snarky because I can’t take anything seriously for too long.
Which fictional character do you relate to?
Shawn Spencer from Psych. I’m not as much of a liar as he is, but the constant need to make quippy references, the easily distractible chasing of shiny things, and the inability to take anything (including myself) seriously … I live that (ironically, my husband identifies the most with Detective Lassiter). Second choice would be Captain Marvel because I want to be a snarky, sparkly superhero with an alien cat as a sidekick.