Blogger at St. Pete Running Company.
Running Mom. Follower of Jesus.
Married to my best friend and we live happily ever after.
Award-winning author Bria Burton lives in St. Petersburg with her wonderful husband, her darling son, and two wild pets. Her fiction has appeared in over twenty anthologies and magazines. Her novelette, The Running Girls, was a 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist. Her novella, Little Angel Helper, won a 2016 RPLA and earned high praise from the 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. While she writes, her dog and cat do their best to distract her, which is why they star in her family-friendly short story collection, Lance & Ringo Tails. She writes under pen name Shayla Cole for her epic fantasy trilogy, Livinity (awarded a First Place RPLA in unpublished fantasy). At St. Pete Running Company, she's a blogger and customer service manager. A member of the Florida Writers Association, she previously led the St. Pete chapter and served on the statewide FWA Board. She's also a member of the Alvarium Experiment, a by-invitation-only consortium of outstanding authors who created The Prometheus Saga Volumes 1 & 2, Return to Earth, and The Masters Reimagined anthologies.
DETAILED WRITING BIO:
As an active Florida Writers Association member, I have led the St. Pete Writers Group and served on the FWA Board. I'm a part-time blogger and customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company. I also write my epic fantasy trilogy, Livinity, under the pen name Shayla Cole.
"Journey Into the Dying Light of Stars" will be forthcoming on the Journey Into... podcast. In 2018, "Her Midnight Ride," a companion piece to "On Both Sides," was featured in The Prometheus Saga 2, an Alvarium Experiment project.
In 2017, RPLA Finalist The Running Girls, a novelette, was published in print. The ebook came out in 2016. The single Kindle story, "The Count of the Alician Apocalypse," was published as part of the Alvarium Experiment project, The Masters Reimagined.
In 2016, "Maribel's Day of Death" appeared in the About Time anthology. Little Angel Helper won a Third Place Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) in the Published Novella category. The Alvarium Experiment launched a new anthology called Return to Earth featuring my contribution, "AOB." A reprint of "A Dream Within a Dream" appeared in the horror anthology In Shadows Written.
In 2015, Little Angel Helper was released in paperback after having been published as an ebook in 2014. Sprinter won the First Place RPLA for Unpublished Women's Fiction. Short story publications included: "A Dream Within A Dream" on the Journey Into... podcast as narrated by the author, "Tight Pants" in Page & Spine, and "Ticket to Heaven" in Faith Hope and Fiction. Two story reprints appeared: "The Mute Girl" in Youth Imagination magazine and "The Wheels Must Turn" in the Broken Worlds anthology. The Alvarium Experiment published their first project, a science fiction anthology called The Prometheus Saga featuring "On Both Sides."
In 2014, short story publications included: "In Line at the DMYV" in the Welcome to the Future anthology, "The Darkness Below" in The Colored Lens #13, "Switching" in The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and "Ligeia" on the Journey Into... podcast.
In 2013, Lance & Ringo Tails, a collection of humorous pet stories, was published in ebook and paperback editions. "The Mute Girl" appeared in eFantasy and "This is Hollywood" appeared in FICTION on the WEB.
Short stories featured in FWA Collections include: "Maribel's Day of Death," published in Slices of Life as the #4 top pick, "Ma Says" in Let's Talk, "The Wheels Must Turn" in My Wheels, "The Price of Integrity" in It's A Crime, and "Empty Girl" in Revisions: Stories of Starting Over.
In 2011, Livinity won First Place in the Unpublished Fantasy category at the RPLA. "Flying With Daddy," flash fiction, was a semi-finalist in the Able Muse Write Prize.
In 2004, the Flagler Review published "Where St. Pete Goes," a short prose piece, and "Monet at Giverny," a poem.
In 2003, I graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College, earning my BA in English with minors in Creative Writing and History. I also won the English Department Award and was a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.
I continue to write/submit short stories and my completed novels. Follow the blog to read more details about these stories and my writing process.
Bria (Gomez) Burton
I was born in Portland, Oregon, where I grew up in a Christian family. My dad worked for Young Life, an outreach for middle and high school kids. My mom stayed home with my two older sisters and me. I was three years old when my mom said I asked her a bunch of questions about Jesus. She asked if I wanted to pray forgiveness for my sins and ask Jesus to come into my heart, and I said yes. I repeated her prayer and accepted Christ as my savior. At twelve, I had learned more about what a relationship with Christ meant and recommitted my life to him.
My first seven years, we lived in Estacada, Oregon, a tiny town out in the sticks (near Portland) on a gorgeous hillside. We had a great yard and tree fort where my sisters and I played. I began writing stories almost as soon as I could write words and sentences.
From ages eight to fifteen, I lived in Centralia, Washington, a dreary but green city exactly between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. My mom had me join a gymnastics team to curb my excessive energy. By middle school, I quit so I could play volleyball and run track.
Just before my sixteenth birthday, we moved to St. Petersburg, FL, for my dad’s job. My parents asked me if I was okay moving. I had begun to experience what is now labeled seasonal depression, and was extremely excited about the idea of living near the beach in hot and sunny Florida. The first few months were tough as I was right in the middle of sophomore year, but I eventually transitioned, made some best friends for life and have called Florida my home ever since.
I attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and had the time of my life. I earned my BA in English and minored in Creative Writing and History. I was involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where I continued to grow in Christ and made some of the best friends I have ever known. Living in the oldest city in the country was a rich experience with the historic downtown area and beautiful beaches.
I moved back to St. Petersburg after college, not quite sure what to do with myself. I started a small business called Bria’s Beaded Palette in 2005 and closed it down in 2010. I worked out of my parent’s home, where I lived, making beaded and hemp jewelry and selling at the local Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete. Eventually, I got a full-time job at a surgeon’s office where I had worked summers during college.
When I heard the Lord telling me it was time to move out of my parent’s house, he also told my dad about a position for him with Young Life in Yuma, AZ. A few months before my parents moved, I got an apartment with a roommate in NE St. Pete.
Just before moving, I started dating my best friend. We had met ten years earlier when both of our families moved to St. Pete a few months apart. We attended Faith Covenant Church together where his father pastored. In our ten years of friendship, we had our ups and downs, but everything is timing. When we started dating, we both knew this was it.Eight months later in a ceremony co-lead by our fathers, we were married.
Now we live in a lovely home he bought just before our wedding. House projects pile to the ceiling, but he enjoys working on those and our house continues to improve. We adopted a rescue English springer spaniel, a wonderful dog named Lance. We also adopted an adorable gray and white cat, Ringo, from some friends. They are the stars of my family-friendly short story collection, Lance & Ringo Tails. Visit the series blog for more details.
We welcomed our first child, a boy, in December 2017.
Running has become a passion for me. After nine years at the surgeon's office, I quit in 2013 to spend more time writing. In December 2014, I was hired part-time as a blogger and customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company. Visit their blog and mine, The Anti-Running Runner, and also click the Running link on this site for more info.
My dream of publishing novels continues. From early childhood, I have kept on writing. My Flagler College Creative Writing and English classes helped me immensely. Ever since I joined the FWA (Florida Writers Association), I have enjoyed the tremendous benefits of the local writing community. I'm the St. Pete Writers Group Leader and an FWA Board Member. Every year, I attend the FWA Conference in Orlando.
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