Hello! My name is E. M. Epps (please call me Emma). I write fantasy and science fiction that is 100% guaranteed not to contain vampires, werewolves, were-anythings, dwarves, evil stepmothers, teenage love triangles, Chosen Ones, epic battles between Good and Evil, or multi-book story arcs for which you will have to wait years to find out the ending. Those can all be wonderful (well, except for the unfinished series thing); they're just not what I do. So what's left, you ask? Spaceships and sorcerers! Though not at the same time.... So far.

My Books

Mrs. Fromish’s Guests

Tired of reading fantasy in which the main character is sixteen? Mrs. Elizabeth Fromish is the heroine for you! You’d think that by age seventy-mumble, even a witch should be able to retire and weed […]

The Interpreter’s Tale: A Word With Too Many Meanings

As a linguist and military interpreter, Eliadmaru Faraa has always been a supporting character in other people’s stories. And so far, that’s been just fine with him: it’s words he loves, not swordplay or affairs […]

The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine

It’s almost the turn of the century in Paris, and Géraldine Germaine is an independent woman. She rides a bicycle, scoffs at the ridiculous fashions in hats, and makes a living (barely) by writing a […]

You Made My Heart a Hunter

She has the power to change the course of a river with a few lines of song, but she couldn’t save her own husband from his fate. Lhennuen Damaiud, sorceress and priestess, leaves her temple […]

To Hell and Back Again…With a Little White Dog

Geoffrey Keyes has hired magicians Morris and Cathleen Madison to rescue his impetuous stepdaughter Anastasia after her foolhardy trip to Hell goes (rather unsurprisingly) wrong. But there are so many things he doesn’t understand. Why […]

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What Readers are Saying

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a polyglot, The Interpreter’s Tale will introduce you to a fantastical world of intrigue, trouble and tongue-play. If you are a polyglot, you can commiserate with Eliadmaru constantly being the only one in the room who can understand what everyone else is saying. Extremely fun read!

David J. Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language for HBO’s Game of Thrones

about "The Interpreter's Tale"

When I finished the novel I closed the book, sat in silence a moment, turned it back over to look at the front cover, and said “Holy s#$%” in admiration of the author’s work. It breaks genre rules with finesse. It gets you into an unfamiliar but believable world impressively quickly. This is a delightful book.

Kent B. Aitken, Amazon reviewer

about "The Interpreter's Tale"

…[W]hat really makes this story stand out is the quality of the writing. Epps has a clear, lyrical style that presents simple scenes with deep power. More importantly, she does an excellent job at drawing, clear, flawed, but sympathetic characters.

J. S. Bangs, author

about "You Made My Heart a Hunter"

Il est adorable! This romantic gem of a novelette will please lovers of Amelie and Chocolat. As vibrant as a freshly cut rose!

Celeste Bradley, New York Times bestselling author

about "The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine"

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    I get the best story ideas when I have to solve a problem. In this case, the problem was: I need the motto of the House of Autransi, and right away. And that suggested a story. Because when does a royal house come up with its motto? Well: When her mother and her uncle had […]
  • Review: “The Invisible Library” by Genevieve Cogman
    Thumbs up for The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fantasy. Irene the Librarian and her new protégé must (as Librarians do) travel to an alternate reality to steal a book. Solidly enjoyable; like Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series but not as effervescently zany. Personally, I missed the zaniness. “It’s part of the scientific ethos of […]
  • Review: “The Essential Tales of Chekhov” by Anton Chekhov
    Thumbs up for The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Anton Chekhov. Literature. From the introduction by Richard Ford: Far from his stories’ ever sinking to typicality or being knowable by a scheme, Chekhov seems so committed to life’s multifariousness that the stories provoke in us the sensation Ford Madox Ford must have had in mind […]
  • Review: “City of Gold” by Jim Krane
    Thumbs up for City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism by Jim Krane. History/travel. Astonishingly good. I would wish that all countries had books this riveting written about them, but I don’t think it’s possible; most places just won’t make your jaw drop this often. If this were a story about oil, I […]

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