Tell us a bit about yourself, KD.
I’m from Jenks, Oklahoma, and moved back there to raise my family. I attended college at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and majored in Communications and Political Science. I love collecting antiques and unusual artifacts, painting, camping, reading, and tending to my plants.
What sorts of writing projects are you involved in?
I used to work in victims’ support and advocacy, and wrote a number of true crime articles for an online publication during that time. I’ve written several short stories that I hope to make part of a larger collection, about a sinister circus traveling through the United States during the 1930s and 40s. I also have a novel I’ve been slowly writing, about a female serial killer.
When and how were you first inspired to start writing?
I’ve been writing, believe it or not, since I was four years old. I dictated my first story to my mother, who wrote it down and stapled it together so I could illustrate it. According to my parents, I’ve been telling stories since I learned how to speak. It wasn’t anything I was particularly inspired to do, it’s just something I’ve always done, and enjoy doing.
Would you say you gravitate towards the macabre?
I have always been intrigued by the darker side of life. I was a sheltered child, raised in a religious household, but one thing my parents never censored was my reading material – and if you’re familiar with the Bible at all, you know that book can get pretty dark.
What else led you here?
My mother loved true crime and Stephen King. I didn’t have many friends, and I had a lot of time on my hands, so I read what she had around the house. I remember being fascinated by mummies and the way the ancient Egyptians preserved their dead, so that led to an early fascination with death and the possibilities of the after life. I also read my first Stephen King short story, Nona, when I was six. It was all over after that.
Tell us a bit about Southern Grimoire — what inspired that project?
Southern Grimoire is a podcast series highlighting unsolved crimes, mysteries, legends, and haunted history. After I grew disenchanted and drained from my work writing true crime, a friend suggested I go into business for myself and start a podcast. I listened to “Serial” and thought, “Hey. I could easily do that.” But I wanted to take a step back from working one on one with victims’ families, so I decided to expand my topic to all things spooky, strange, and mysterious. Thus, Southern Grimoire was born.
What advice would you share with other independent or up & coming writers?
Always keep writing. Even if you don’t think it’s any good, even if you think no one will read it, do it anyway. Keep creating. That’s the only way you’ll get any better.
Check out KD Burr’s featured short stories, The Perilous Primate and The Dark Magician.
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