Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I live in Indiana, Mid-West United States. I would have to say it influences my writing quite a lot. Most of my locations tend to be places I’m familiar with, or have visited in the past. A good chunk of Muse even takes place on the campus of my Alma Mater, Ball State University. I think my slang tends to reveal a lot as well. I call carbonated beverages “pop” instead of “soda” or “Coke”. (I’m a Mountain Dew girl anyway.) ;)
Tell us your latest news!
I have a new paranormal fantasy releasing today! Confess is the first book in a new series and one I’m very excited about. If you enjoy reading about angels and demons, I think you’ll appreciate the new approach I’ve taken.
I also have a new audiobook version of Muse which should be available this month.
When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always enjoyed writing and telling stories. Mainly I wrote for myself and I almost never shared anything unless it was a school assignment. It wasn’t until my first daughter was a toddler that I started writing my first book. I think I was looking for a way to define myself outside of my job and my roles of wife and mother. I wanted something that was my own. Now, that first book was terrible and it will never see the light of day, but it set me on this path.
What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
It may seem like a cop out, but I think every author I’ve ever read has influenced me. Even if I hated something I was reading, I learned from it. Pacing, phrasing, description, dialogue, everything I do is built from my voracious reading. I don’t have a particular genre I stick to, but instead I read anything that catches my interest. (I am a sucker for a good historical romance, though. It’s a sickness how much I love Regency period fiction. Thanks, Jane Austen.)
Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
A lot of my stories come to me as dreams and then I fill in the details. When I’m feeling particularly inspired, it’s like I’m watching a movie in my head and simply describing what I’m seeing on paper. I can’t say that any of my characters have been in my head for a very long time. Usually I have to grab an idea and run with it or it will fade away and be replaced
with another idea.
What motivates you to write?
I write to escape from reality, and to create something new and entertaining. It amazes me that characters I wrote are known by other people. It’s almost like loaning out your imaginary friends. It’s weird and wonderful.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Finding the opportunity to write is always a challenge for me. I’m also a bit of a “needy writer” in that I thrive on feedback, even if I might not follow the advice given. Sometimes I need to discuss a problem and reject six other solutions before I can settle on the one I already had in mind. I think I drive my friends crazy.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
With this newest release, I believe I became more comfortable with trusting my instincts and writing what I knew was necessary for the story.
Where do you get your ideas?
Dreams and daydreaming while driving to and from work or while staring off into space in general. Occasionally a line from a poem or a song lyric will trigger a break through.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive. I couldn’t make it work without receiving help from them.
What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to make mistakes and write things that aren’t worthy of publishing. Give
yourself distance before you edit, and find a few people who will honestly and gently tell you when things need improvement. There’s such a push to publish now that it’s so accessible, that it’s easy to get caught up in the heady rush of achievement and put a book out before it’s ready. But most importantly, don’t give up. Keep your chin up and keep writing.
What book are you reading now?
The Only Way Out by Elizabeth Cash
Cage McCormick lives a life devoid of affection, unable to seek comfort from those around him. He’s never understood why people are repulsed by even the slightest touch of his flesh. How can anything that feels so vital to him be so very wrong? Something deep inside him must be cruelly twisted. Desolate and confused, he’s convinced his life will never change and that suicide is his only option.
An angel has observed Cage’s torment from a place in-between and feels compelled to save him and his rare gifts. She knows the truth. Cage is a Confessor, born missing a small portion of his soul. His body pulls the sin and corruption from others, trying to replenish his missing energy.
Only he can expose your darkest secrets. Only he can remove the blackest stains from your soul. Will he embrace his true nature or find another way out?
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Erin McFadden is the author of the New Adult fantasy series, Descended from Myth and the adult fiction thriller, Whimper. She has several more projects underway so stay tuned for new and exciting adventures!
Erin lives in Indiana with her husband and two daughters. They love reading and watching movies together, as well as camping and hiking in the great outdoors. Erin dreams of packing up and visiting all the magical, historical spots in Europe she has read about. One day, she’ll have sold enough books to finance that trip!
An unabashed geek, Erin loves science fiction, all things paranormal, and anything involving a conspiracy theory. She firmly believes that everything is better with chocolate and a healthy dose of caffeine.