Sunday’s Spotlight with…
Today’s spotlight author is Erin Simone. Her new book, Forbidden Realm is making waves in the erotic reading world. For a an author, the process can be daunting and a little scary, but Erin has persevered threw it all and is now a successfully published author! So let’s welcome Erin into the fold with her own Spotlight Segment…
My new book Forbidden Realm was just released through Siren-Bookstrand. The story is about finding new love, surviving loss, and heartbreak. My two characters come from two different worlds and are both struggling from their own personal heartache. But when their paths cross unexpectedly, the chemistry between them is sizzling. They both struggle to resist what they feel for each other and I loved watching these two characters grow together. I had a lot of fun writing this story and hope my readers will enjoy this story as much as I did writing it.
Plotter or Pantser?
I am such a Pantser. I would be lying if I said I outlined every story because I don’t. My creativity works best when I let the characters tell the story. I usually start with a general idea, and then I let the characters take the ball and run with it. I've tried outlining a complete story and it slows me down.
What makes a great hero?
I think a great hero is a protagonist that is brave and willing to take a risk even at his own personal expense. He shouldn't be completely perfect either, having flaws and overcoming them makes the hero much more relatable. I love to see a hero start off with certain issues inside himself, and he grows from them. He also is passionate, desirable, brave and of course he must be sexy as hell.
Do you have anything in common with your characters?
I supposed I do without consciously thinking about it. But it is not something I intentionally plan. My characters come to life in my head when I write. I am only observing it from inside their world, not mine.
What item, or items, is absolutely necessary to your writing mojo?
Music is a must.
Coffee or tea? Coffee please.
Wine or beer? Wine.
Is there anything you won't write?
I write what I feel. I do not put a box around it in my mind. If it appeals to me and I think there is a good story there and it flows out of me, then I write it.
What’s the strangest (neatest, coolest, etc.) thing you’ve ever done?
I was diving in Mexico and there were sharks in the water with me. It was kind of freaky at first, but I got over it and I found it to be kind of cool. Now granted, it wasn’t a Tiger Shark or Great White, but a nine foot Black Tip that is bigger that you is still kind of scary.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type(s) do you lean towards?
Yes, rock, hip-hop, alternative, 80's. I'm all over the place when it comes to music.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Laurann Dohner, Kresley Cole, Gina Showalter, Jade Black, and Larissa Ione. J.R. Ward to name a few.
What are you currently working on, or what’s on the horizon?
I am currently working on another vampire novel called Into the Shadows of Night which is the continuation of my Night Series. I also just got signed with Ellora’s Cave for a seven book deal and my latest novel Whispers of Night will be released through them hopefully before the end of the year.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work in the legal field during the day and spend time with my family on my off-time. I'm also a little bit of a social butterfly and love to hang out with my girlfriends when I can carve out a little bit of time.
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