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....
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His sister’s a warlord. His boyhood friend is a mass murderer. His other friend is too sweet (and cute) for his own good…. Eight months ago, a devastating battle revealed traitors both political and personal. […]
Simon is what anyone would call a nice young man. In fact, for someone who is half Fée, his desire to find the right girl, settle down, and start a family makes him freakishly square. […]
Rosemary decorates the homes of the capital city’s rich and famous by day and reads trashy novels by night. Between the two—not to mention her extensive previous résumé—she has a finely-honed sense of the absurd. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What Readers are Saying
A friend gave me this book, and it languished for weeks on the ‘to be read’ pile. Don’t do that. Read it as soon as you can, clear an afternoon so that you can wallow in that most unusual of readers joys, a story that gently and steadily reels you in. You start out floating in a light wash of someones fantastical daily life, and are gently subsumed by a world of cultures and relationships. Then the story ends, but you want more….
Amazon reviewerabout "The Interpreter's Tale"
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 Thronesabout "The Interpreter's Tale"
I LOVED it. It was a captivating tale. The book could almost have been a resource shedding light on being an interpreter, but throw in sorcerers, magicians, heartbreak, and a royal court and you’ve got the makings of an epic adventure. The book was excellently written from the aspects of fantasy portrayed as real as if it all happened in our own history to the language jargon and occupational terminology (which I thoroughly enjoyed). It was clearly well-researched and the author masterfully wove in fact and fiction to bring a non-stop read. The action was brilliant, the sex tasteful, and the pace well done.
K. L. Dimago, authorabout "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, authorabout "You Made My Heart a Hunter"
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It really sucked me in and I even had dreams about the characters last night! Can’t wait to read more from this world that she has created.
Bryan R. Terry, Amazon reviewerabout "The Interpreter's Tale"
“The Portrait of Géraldine Germaine” captivates by its charm, humor and a slight touch of magic, all wrapped into Epps’ wonderful style. Thoroughly enchanting!
arrowboy, Amazon reviewerabout "The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine"
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