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Award winning author, William D. Burt talks about his writing and love for fantasy.

Interview: William D. Burt, Author of ‘The King of the Trees’

William D. Burt is an avid fantasy fan. His love for this genre led him to write his first allegorical fantasy title, The King of The Trees, which earned a silver medal in Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest.

Mr. Burt has amassed a huge fan base. His readers enjoyed so much The King of The Trees that he decided to expand the series to include seven titles.

If you are looking for a beautifully woven story with a great Christian message, you might want to get a copy of William D. Burt’s award-winning title, The King of The Trees.
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Can you tell me about yourself?

I am an RID-certified American Sign Language interpreter who has worked in the field for some 40 years. I have also been a gourmet mushroom grower and have been active in preserving and restoring natural areas as park lands. I am married, with two adult children and one grandchild.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always been a big fan of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and I had often dreamed of writing a series that combined aspects of both authors’ works—the cosmological depth of Tolkien with Lewis’s allegorical richness. Whether I have succeeded in that ambition I will leave for my readers to decide.

How long did it take you to acquire the skills to become a writer?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. While in high school, I helped my father edit his popular field guides to edible and poisonous plants. I began writing the first title in this series (The King of the Trees) on my mother’s ancient manual portable typewriter that she had used in college. Later, I reverted to writing out the plot longhand in spiral notebooks.

How many books have you written?

I have written seven titles so far in the “King of the Trees” series: The King of the Trees, Torsils in Time, The Golden Wood, The Greenstones, The Downs, Kyleah’s Mirrors, and The Birthing Tree. In addition, I have written an Activity Book resource as a supplement to the series.

Some writers go on long walks; others keep a journal, write at a café, or listen to music. What do you do for inspiration and unleashing your creativity?

Usually I walk around a bit (or engage in more vigorous physical activity) to increase the blood supply to my brain, and that seems to do the trick!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new series set in the Northwest. The story revolves around a brother and sister who discover some unusual creatures near their home and the ultimate impact this discovery has on their lives and the world as well.

Where can readers find more information about you and your books?

The most complete source of information about my titles (and me) is my website. Readers can also access my Amazon book pages at Softcover and Kindle.

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.

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