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What are you currently working on?
I am always hard at work on “The Next Book”…or books. Like many authors, I am often uncomfortable talking about the work in progress. However, I’ve recently begun working on the fourth installment of the Country Girl Empress series called EXCERPTS FROM THE IMPERIAL DIARY, a political romance set in 19th century Vienna.

When does the next book come out?
This is a difficult question to answer, as the “next book” will vary by which format you are looking for, such as hardback, paperback or e-book. Visit my author’s website www.authorapiperburgi.com often for up-to-date information.

How (or where) can I get hardback copies of your books?
One RV, Three People and 6000 Miles, One RV and Three People at Denali National Park, and 'Tis the Season for Christmas Cookies are available as a hardback copy at www.blurb.com. At this time, there are no plans to publish my other books as a hardback copy.

Are your books available as E-books?
Yes. Sites for the e-books will vary by publishing venue. The quickest way to locate them is to check my author’s website www.authorapiperburgi.com

Do you create your own cover art?
So far I have had complete control over my book covers. Since I self-publish, it is up to me to provide the cover art.

Can I submit my manuscript to you for editing or a blurb?
Unfortunately, I am currently unable to provide help with editing or blurbs.

Which is your favourite book?
I don’t have a favourite book. I enjoy reading many different genres.

When it comes to writing historical fiction, what is your rule for historical accuracy?
As a rule of thumb, I don’t like to go against known historical facts. However, although many times we know what happened, we don’t always know why or how. Writing historical fiction allows me to use my imagination and conjecture; something a biographer or historian cannot do.

I want to become a published writer. What should I do?
The first thing you have to do is write a book or story from beginning to end. Then you have to make it the best story you can create. There is no way around that. The second thing you have to do to be a writer is to keep on writing. Don’t listen to people who tell you that very few people get published, and you will not be one of them. Keep on writing, maintain the faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them.

But what about the ‘getting published’ part of being a writer?
There are whole websites devoted to this topic. You can either become a traditionally published author, submit what you have written to potential publishers and hope to get a deal. Alternatively, you can go the self-publishing route. Either way it starts out with: First, write the story.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?  
The best advice is also the simplest: Write what you love!  Moreover, do it every day.  There’s only one way to learn how to write, and that is to write.

How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book One RV, Three People and 6000 Miles only took a little less than a year to put together. My second book My Afghanistan Campaign Diary: Views of a Military Spouse took a year and a half. This does not include the time I spend researching or editing. It all depends on the subject matter.

Is writing something that came naturally or something you had to work at?
Storytelling runs in the family, but it is still hard work.