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

…[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"

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 reviewer

about "The Interpreter's Tale"

A great novelette for a warm summer day read. “The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine” will make your heart sing and cry for happy at the same time. Ms. Epps has a way of taking the reader into a magical place by painting her words into pictures. The reader can see, taste, and smell summer time in Paris.

B. Gill, Amazon reviewer

about "The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine"

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  • Update for 2017!
    A little update for 2017! I now have a shiny new Patreon page! Patreon is a website that allows you to make a small monthly donation to support an artist or writer like myself. If you enjoy my writing—either my fiction or book reviews—would you please consider supporting me on Patreon? I don’t expect to […]
  • Review: “Women’s Work” by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    Thumbs up for Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. Curse you, Amazon, for knowing my desires before I do. I was so good, wasn’t I, when you recommended this to me, and I ordered it from the library? You just knew that after […]
  • Review: “The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth” by Roger Zelazny
    Thumbs up for The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth by Roger Zelazny. Science fiction/fantasy short stories. First, let’s get this out of our way: if you can’t deal with dated gender roles or the fact that Zelazny’s characters all chain-smoke, move along. But you will be missing out on some of […]
  • Review: “A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back” by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Thumbs up for A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back by Ursula K. Le Guin. Children’s. I love Dala horses. Le Guin is reliably great. The watercolors are lovely. Entirely delightful

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