I asked Erin a few questions and here are her responses…
So, what have you been up to since you were last here?
Probably trouble. 😉 No, seriously, Kathy and I have been writing and going to conferences and hanging out together. I have seven new releases out in 2008, and two reissues, so it’s been a busy year for me.
Here’s my release schedule for the rest of 2008:
June- Bit The Jackpot (mass market reissue)
June- The Power of Love (anthology with Lori Foster and others, where author and agent profits go to the Battered Women’s Shelter)
August- First Blood (this is loosely connected to the Vegas Vamps)
August- You Don’t Know Jack (mass market reissue)
October- The Magical Christmas Cat (the second Cuttersville witches’ story)
November- Speed Demon (a Young Adult novel written as Erin Lynn)
November- Flat Out Sexy (my return to sexy contemporaries!)
Wow, that’s a lot of books. *makes notes*
Tell us about your latest release, Fallen.
The second in my Seven Deadly Sins series, FALLEN features the sin of gluttony, or addiction, which I see as the ultimate over consumption. Fallen angel Gabriel St. John loses himself in the throes of absinthe and opium in the nineteenth century and wakes to find his mistress murdered. Unsure if he is responsible for the heinous crime or not, he spends one hundred and fifty years trying to reconcile his morality with his sins. When a similar murder occurs in contemporary times, Gabriel contacts the victim’s daughter to see if modern forensics can solve both crimes, and ultimately exonerate him.
Sara Michaels is struggling to accept her mother’s death and to live with her own fears that somehow she too will become a murder victim. Traveling to New Orleans to work with Gabriel St. John is supposed to be a sabbatical, a way to achieve a sense of closure, but the instant chemistry between her and Gabriel is anything but peaceful. A recovering addict herself, she knows that their passion might lead them to the ultimate destruction.
Once you have surrendered to the obsessions that have stained your soul, how can you ever trust your heart to recognize love… once you have fallen?
What inspired the story?
Not every book that I write pops into my head so cohesively as FALLEN, did. It was September of 2006 and I was in New Orleans, when Kathy and I walked into a bar on Bourbon Street and saw a man playing the keyboard. He had long, elegant fingers, and his eyes were closed, like he appreciated the music he was creating, and I instantly knew there was a story there. (Okay, to be honest, that was after I confirmed with Kathy that he was a guy, because for a second, from behind, I thought he was a woman. LOL) Over the next day, Kathy and I wandered around the French Quarter and came up with the basic outline for what would become FALLEN. Kathy named the hero Gabriel, for which I owe her thanks. 🙂
As an aside, the keyboard player on Bourbon Street has become a friend of mine, and is responsible for choosing the piano piece Gabriel plays for Sara in FALLEN. It plays in the background of the book trailer for FALLEN on my website, www.erinmccarthy.net, if you’re interested in hearing it.
Since the creation of The Impalers, what has been your favorite moment?
I think for me, standing there watching them play at Heather Graham’s conference in New Orleans and thinking, “We did this. We created this band.” It was a very cool moment. Sort of like throwing our own prom. LOL.
What’s next for The Impalers?
Someone is going to die. We just haven’t decided who yet, but we definitely plan to kill off a member on the website. Oh, the power… LOL.
Thank you Erin for taking the time to answer my questions.
Readers you can learn more about Erin by visiting her site: www.erinmccarthy.net
And you can learn more about the fictional vampire band, The Impalers, and their human counterparts by visiting: http://www.vampireband.com/
Check back later for my interview with Kathy and scroll down for posts you might have missed.
Also, later this week I have more with the fabulous band, The Impalers, so be sure to come back and check it out!