WooHoo! I hope everyone is having a good time!
So I managed to drag Erin off the dance floor to answer a few questions…okay, more than a few…
Please tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is MY IMMORTAL, the story of Damien du Bourg, a demon slave, and Marley Turner, who is determined not to fall for his seductive charm.
What inspired the story?
My love of history and the richness of the Louisiana setting. I wanted to tell a darker story, with a more complex plot than I had tackled before.
How was it making the transition from contemporaries to paranormals? Or had you always planned to write a paranormal?
I always wanted to write a paranormal. MY IMMORTAL was a book I started five years ago, but the market wasn’t there at the time. I love contemporaries too, they’re just different. Like writing night and day. 🙂
Can you tell us more about the paranormals you have written?
I’ve written four vampire books in the Vegas Vampire series, which are more comedic paranormals. The next and last book in the series, SUCKER BET, will be out in January of 2008. Then MY IMMORTAL has kicked off a darker paranormal series featuring each of the seven deadly sins. MY IMMORTAL is lust, while the next book, FALLEN, will feature gluttony (addiction). FALLEN will be a May 2008 release. (Me: Those sound sinfully delicious! Okay, bad joke…blame the party punch! Rumor is someone spiked it! 🙂 )
What is your favorite part of writing the paranormals? Least favorite?
My favorite part is that I can do whatever I want in a paranormal. My least favorite is that there’s usually a very heavy conflict to resolve. Someone is usually human and someone isn’t, and that’s a big obstacle to a happily ever after.
Any other genre you would like to write?
No, now that I’ve done comedy, darker paranormals, and YA (under the name Erin Lynn), I’m good for awhile. <g>
What do you hope readers get out of your books?
I hope they’ll be entertained and enjoy the journey of the story. I want them to laugh at my comedies and maybe catch their breath at my darker stories.
Any plans to return to contemporaries?
Yes! Look for a new sexy contemporary series from me in late 2008 featuring race car drivers. (Me: Oooh, I can’t wait for those!)
So what is a typical day in the life of the fabulous Erin McCarthy like?
It’s exciting stuff. I eat, I write, I work out, I shower, I eat, I write, I talk to Kathy on the phone. Then the kids get home and I do the mom thing. At night I check email. That’s pretty much it for Monday through Friday. : )
How long have you been a writer?
Since first grade when I wrote my first novel featuring a budding witch. (Me: See, you knew paranormals would be big even when you were a kid…LOL) I sold my first book in 2002.
How many books have you written?
14 books and 11 novellas.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read, read, read in the genre you’re interested in. Study the market. Join Romance Writers of America. Submit your work to publishers over and over. You have to be persistent if you want to succeed in this business.
What is next for you?
I’m repeating myself here <g> (Me: that’s okay…we don’t mind) but SUCKER BET will be out in January 2008 and FALLEN in May 2008.
When Erin isn’t indulging the whims of a rabid…err…avid fan (me) with a blog party she can be found online at the following sites…check them out for more info on Erin and her wonderful books!
I’ll let Erin go back to partying now…So tell me readers, have you ever read one of Erin’s books? If not, visit one of her sites and tell me one that catches your eye.
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