E.R. Warren writes novels and serials, specializing in fantasy and science fiction. She is based in Tokyo. Contact.
What I’ve Written
The Dream Line. When a rich teen tumbles through a magical train portal trying to rescue her boyfriend, she’s unwittingly cast as the female sidekick to an anime hero in the fight to save the world. Dragonball, meet Legally Blonde.
Kabuki-ish. With the help of a ghost, an outcast girl cross-dresses and performs her way to all-male Kabuki stardom… by deciding to play somewhat realistic women. Memoirs of a Geisha armed with an angry feminist’s flamethrower.
Enkô dreamt of being a great actor, performing onstage in beautiful costumes and playing the most dramatic women. Unfortunately, no one ever told Enkô that only men can be actors. So, when she learns this heartbreaking news, perhaps she has a mental breakdown because now she sees a ghost that claims to be the long-dead creator of Kabuki, and the ghost says she must be an actor. Embracing her ghostly companion and herself, Enkô goes to the big city where she pretends to be a man who pretends to be women. That's the kabuki.
Well, maybe it's just Kabuki-ish. Complete.
Serango. A dancer-turned-doctor seeks to uncover a conspiracy killing her friends, just as cloud-wearing monsters attack her city. Omniscient third person. A massive cast. Adult fantasy. Complete at 115,000 words.
Food of Magicians. A young woman teams up with her friends to achieve her dream of opening a pizzeria in a magician mafia-run city.
Agatha has no magic powers, but she can make a mean pizza. Fortunately, in Isidore, the culinary capital of her world, making great food is more important than being able to light stuff on fire with your mind—unless you’re looking for a great char on a steak. But before Agatha can run the pizzeria of her dreams, she has to work a minimum wage job as a delivery girl and win a volley of food competitions. When she unwittingly becomes the delivery girl for the most famous restaurant in Isidore, Agatha learns she’ll have to fight against the wizard mafia for what she believes in if she ever wants a restaurant of her own—and she will have to fight for her friends:
Hadiya, the gun-totting chocolatier would rather watch the world burn than give up her hard-earned cash.
Bo, the culinary prodigy hidden away in her famous father’s kitchen as she works to hide his terminal illness from food critics and wizard debt collectors.
Lance, the teenage milkman who just wants his stolen cat back.
Together, they’ll face down the wizards and the most difficult, competitive food challenges ever devised for television or the underground contest circuit. And, they will have to stay true to themselves. Complete at 100,000 words.
The Ghost and the Raging Girl. A girl goes on a long journey to escape the deity that supposedly contracted her soul at birth. Complete at 100,000 words.
The Hiwau and the Moon Consort. When a comet crashes into the moon, her ensuing romance with the Moon God threatens the very fabric of the universe. Complete at 120,000 words.
The Princess and the Fox Demon. A shapeshifter falls in love with a girl who can see through his lies—something he can’t decide if he wants or not. Conflict ensues. Chosen by users as one of Figment's Favorites of the year.
For variety, I teamed up with The Teacup Trail, an online literary magazine, to write Burnt Chocolate, Fairy King, a silly serial about a fairy king who chases his "true love" to a modern city and must live with a cross-dressing pet shelter owner while learning about life and love.
I was chosen as a featured writer on Figment.com for my serials, and then I won another contest.
Walker Children’s Publisher’s Stung Flash Fiction Contest Finalist
Day One Winner for “The Oceanside Holograms”
A prince searches for his bride, the only real girl in a ballroom of holographic guests.
Mabel's City, Volume I and Volume 2. A singer who goes to a music school in Los Angeles and gets caught up in a magician conspiracy. Complete at 160,000 words. Think "magical girl" meets supermodel vampires and you're not far off. Mabel's City was a blast to write. I also hit my stride online.
I entered a slew of publisher contests on Figment, and I actually won.
Grand Central Publishing’s Unholy Night Genre Mash-up Story Contest Winner
“The Madness of Crown Prince Sazaki”
Japan’s Crown Prince discovers ancient Shinto gods living in modern Tokyo.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher’s Sorcery and Cecelia Contest Winner
“The Russian Revenge”
A duke challenges his lifelong friend to a duel for the mysterious murder of his sister.
Harper Teen’s Bewitching Flash Fiction Contest Winner
“The Great Pumpkin Carriage Dinner”
A boy eats the remains of Cinderella’s carriage and turns into a pumpkin.
Handsome Coffee Roasters Flash Fiction Contest Winner
“The Comic Book Artist”
A lonely girl realizes how strawberry frappucinos define a person.
Kim Culbertson's The Liberation of Max Mctrue Flash Fiction Contest Finalist
"The Escape Artist"
A man buys a special car to attend a funeral back home.
“Amazing first line and much backstory in such a short time–believable, immediate world building.” — Kim Culbertson
The Visterian Lovers. Novella. A little romantic fantasy about two girls who leave their hermit kingdom (in disguise!) and then get tangled up with a prince (also in disguise!)
I started sharing my writing online at Figment. I shared a lot of gunk and forgettable short fiction, but there were a few gems. I wrote a sci-fi epic poem, The Nebula Realm, about a boy and girl who leave home in a rocket ship but get separated. The boy ends up trying to get revenge on the man who killed his parents, and the girl finds herself in the man's clutches. I also tried my hand at a serialized, classic adventure fantasy called The Mori Hero.
Serango: The Opera on Strings. This was my first sequel. About the same length as the first book, this story saw our familiar soldiers and thieves re-team and face-off. Complete at 100,000 words.
Zachary Brown. Novella. An oblivious teen who runs away from home and becomes a karate master, inspiring everyone around him.
Serango: The Lines Drawn in Ink. In the sky, at a floating city where the residents walk on clouds and traveled through storms. When a dragon decides to take up residence in Serango's treasury, he disrupts a heist led by a charismatic thief. In the ensuing fury over the dragon and the king’s lack of action, the pegasus-riding, gun-slinging army revolts. Complete at 100,000 words.
My first novel was a long corporate drama about an eccentric who adopts a little boy. I think it was around two hundred pages. I finished it the night before my thirteenth birthday, and it was a labor of love and passion, unchecked creativity and enthusiasm.
It was also dreadful in that special way only achievable at thirteen. That story has been lost between computers, and moving, and life, and if no one else ever reads it ever, I'll be happy. But we all start somewhere. Since then, I've done a slew of projects, and I have gotten better at writing. Now people willingly read the things I write.
I have come a long way, and in the spirit of openness and reflection, I have listed my successes, failures, and efforts here.