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

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 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"

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"

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