Name   Rex S. Burns

Age 81

Where are you from: Navy Family. First six birthdays spent 1000 miles apart

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc :

Coronado, California, A.B. Stanford Univesrity; PhD. University of Minnesota–education.  U.S. Marine Corps

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?    

 Publication of The Better Part of Valour after a long effort to publish a book other than a mystery

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? 

 Always wanted to write.  First “published” a poem in the third grade.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?  When I retired from teaching.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book? 

The desire to portray for future historians the everyday life of a Denver cop.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?   

Influenced by Hemingway as well as Faulkner and Steinbeck.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?   

Wanted a phrase that would say something about the protagonist’s personality.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  

The theme deals with the triumph of madness over reason in times of war.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

   The novel’s setting is based on fact, its events are invented.  I hope the characters are realistic enough to be recognized by the reader.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?   

So many!  Those which ring true to the heart as well as the ear for speech.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 Mark Stevens’ clean writing and fast action.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.    

Two senses:  curiosity and humor.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career

I did.  I made most of my major decision on the premise of whether or not it contributed to my writing.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

I must cut out a few words.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated

I always wanted to write.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

 The opening two chapters of Valour are available for a free download at Amazon.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

 Creating life –the life of small things as well as characters.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 

  I’ve travelled all my life and always learned something new.

Fiona: Who designed the covers? 

The artistry of Tirgearr Publishers with my enthusiastic approval.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

 Rewriting for the exact emotional response.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 If it made me laugh, it would (probably) make the reader laugh.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

Charles Bronson made a film based on my book, The Avenging Angel.  The protagonist of Valour was based on Peter Ustinov’s character in Topkapi.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?  

98% of writers have another job.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Listen to the voices and enjoy the ride!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

  Cynthia Wong’s memoir on Antarctica and Craig Childs’ House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest.


Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

  The earliest I remember was from third grade and it was The Hardy Boys’ “The Hidden Harbor Mystery.”

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Laugh: the human comedy.  Cry: the human tragedy.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

 Shakespeare–just to hear from read from his work.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

 The End.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Hiking, cooking, trading jokes on-line with my friends.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching? 

Blue Bloods.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music?

South American food; blue; Dixie Land to Bach.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? 

I honestly don’t know, but maybe a forest ranger, actor, or travel guide!


Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Trigearr Publishing Page


Amazon Authors Page USA