Erin is the author of the young-adult paranormal series, Descended from Myth, and the adult fiction thriller, Whimper. In between spending time with her family, creating new writing projects, and adding chocolate and caffeine to everything Erin managed to squeeze me in for an interview.
Erin lives in Northeast Indiana, in her hometown, and is lucky enough to be surrounded by her wonderful family. Her husband is a high-school administrator and together they share two beautiful girls, ages 8 and 1, and a spoiled Doberman Pinscher. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and also studied Psychology. She used to work as a probation officer and jailer and presently works at night as a police, fire and ambulance dispatcher. Due to the nature of her work she feels there are a million stories she could tell. However, and I don’t blame her, she prefers to write fiction where she can escape reality. Erin has a real passion for writing and her career and education have schooled her in human nature, which certainly shows in the multi-faceted characters she creates. Erin loves family-time especially going camping and hiking, visiting museums, cemeteries, science centres and libraries, and also travelling. She is an unabashed geek and loves science-fiction, anything paranormal and conspiracy theories.
1. What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on Talent, book two in my young adult series Descended from Myth.
2. Can you tell us a little something about it?
My series revolves around the mortal descendants of the mythological Muses, known as Talents and the Brotherhood of Guardians, their sworn protectors.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I write because I love the escapism of it. I can become someone else or go anywhere my imagination leads. It’s also immensely satisfying to pour my daydreams into the brains of others. How strange and wonderful is it for other people to know and love my imaginary friends? I draw my inspiration from my own subconscious. Most of my stories come from vivid dreams I have had. I wake up and type out notes before I lose the movie running through my head and then build from those ideas. If I’m very lucky, I’ll have the dream more than once.
4. When I write I require Jaffa Cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
My writing must have is a computer. I’m in love with the idea of beautifully decorated notebooks full of handwritten notes. However, my handwriting is so illegible I can’t always understand what I was trying to describe and my brain gets too far ahead of my hand. Typing is cathartic too. When the scenes get intense I can really pound away on the keys and the rhythm keeps me in the moment. Snacks and a cold drink are vital for a writing session of any duration! If I’m fighting writer’s block, then I have to have frozen fudge bars. They’re essential to the entire process.
5. What is your favourite book?
I dread being asked to name a favourite book or author. I can’t pick one! I can’t even narrow it down to ten without intense deliberation. I love books and my favourites change depending upon my mood.
6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?
At the risk of sounding extremely shallow, I would have to say I am inspired and envious of J.K. Rowling’s writing career. She is the superstar of modern authors. Yes, it would be marvellous to encourage reading amongst the masses and be adored by millions of readers. What author hasn’t daydreamed of the day his/her novel is made into a series of movies and entire theme parks are constructed based on the story lines? It isn’t a realistic fantasy to think I could attain even a fraction of her success, but who says fantasy has to be realistic?
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
I don’t have any annoying habits, not a single one. Okay, I may have a slight problem with sarcasm and a desperate need to get the last word in almost any conversation, but it’s a family trait so blame my grandparents. They started it.
8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
Twitter: @ErinMcF_Author Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/author/erinmcfadden
9. What are your writing plans for 2016?
In 2016 I hope to release a new stand-alone fantasy novel I’m tentatively calling “Confessor” that will involve angelic beings. I’m also considering working on either the sequel to Whimper, my viral outbreak thriller, or the third book in the DFM series. If time permits or I win the lottery then I’ll do all of the above!
10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa Cakes – love them or hate them?
As for Jaffa cakes, I am willing to try almost anything if they dip it in chocolate first. I’d ask for a care package, but it sounds as though you need to hang on to all three boxes in case of emergency.
To follow more of Erin’s work please use the links below:
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/author/erinmcfadden
It’s been a pleasure to interview Erin, with such a crazy schedule it’s a wonder she had time to even fit me in! But I’m sorry Erin, unless you are all alone in the midst of a zombie apocalypse with nothing but a toothbrush and safety pin for survival, I will not be sharing any of my Jaffa Cakes. I will however agree to buy you a box when you visit the UK. Maybe two if they’re on offer. I’m cheap 🙂
Erin has kindly allowed me to share some quotes from her fantastic book, Whimper, and I know you’ll be intrigued to read the whole thing!
1. “Do you think the vaccines they’re giving are contaminated, Elliott? Would you like to fucking find out? Because I figure you’ve got a matter of hours before you’ll have conclusive evidence to support your theory.”
2. Zoe was the only thing that made me feel alive while I was busy dying. But humans are so damn fragile. What if I was the next to bleed? What if I killed her right along with the rest of the world?
3. It isn’t safe to stay here while everyone we know and love dies out there either! No help is coming unless we do something. The fact that I’ve got breasts isn’t going to stop me from doing whatever the hell I can to get help here faster. Got it?”
4. She scared me a little, this hellion who was determined to save me and the rest of the damn world in the process. Where did the mad passion come from? Why this determination to be involved when most people would gladly stay safely hidden away?