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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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
The humor had me laugh out loud at times and the emotions made me tear up at others, which I love in a book.
Rachel A. Davis, Amazon reviewerabout "The Interpreter's Tale"
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"
…[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"
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 reviewerabout "The Interpreter's Tale"
As a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s work, I felt like I was reading Priestess of Avalon or Forest House again and was in love. I really think you should give this book a try.
Ann Hunter, authorabout "You Made My Heart a Hunter"
“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"
- Article: Why Patreon? Or, the economics of being a writerI recently wrote a longish article about the economics of being a writer and why I use Patreon. You can read it here. Warning: contains math. Or, if you want […]
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