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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Interview with Author Errin Stevens!

 Good morning everyone I hope you all are enjoying the countdown to Christmas, I know I am! Today I have a special guest on the blog, author Errin Stevens who writes, wait for it…Mermaid romances!!

Hi Errin! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions! I’ll try to ask interesting questions and keep this fun okay?

Adria: One of the most important questions I just have to ask… Do you have any furbabies? I have three, two male cats, Spencer and Orion and a sweet Staffordshire Terrier named Hayley who has a big personality in a 50 pound body. Oh and please feel free to share pictures of any furbabies you have!
Errin: Lol – I LOVE fur babies, but alas, have none at the moment. We are recovering still from the loss of our beloved Hendrix the Weimaraner who was too beautiful for words. If you’re not familiar with the breed, they have startling blue eyes when they’re puppies, then silvery green eyes as adults… and they have hearts as big as the world. I don’t have any pics of Hendrix on my computer (I know – what on earth is wrong with me), but this is pretty much what he looked like at three months of age:

Basically what I’m doing these days is stopping anyone with a dog and asking if I can pet him/her.

I am so sorry for your loss Errin. I am still trying to cope from losing my best friend/dragon Mr. Pud on August 22, 2016. I loved that dog like no one else and his loss just tore me up so I totally understand. In my case, I need a dog in my life to help me get through my days and luckily my mom’s co-worker was fostering a sweet little pit bull named Candy. We adopted her and renamed her Hayley.

Adria: For those who are unfamiliar with your work, can you tell us a bit about it? What do you write and how would you describe your style?
Errin: I write paranormal romantic suspense and have created a world of ‘mermaids among us’ with two books out so far, Updrift (#1) and Breakwater (#2). Outrush is in the works! I’d describe my style as warm, intimate and funny.

Adria: What first got you interesting in becoming an author? Who are your writing idols?
Errin: Reading is what turned me into a writer… and I really can’t stress enough what an insurrectionist, rabid reader I was growing up. I was that stereotypical kid sneak-reading under the bed covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to be asleep, and I read everything I could get my hands on whether it was age-appropriate or not. I remember going bonkers over “The Thorn Birds” and “Bloodline” when I was twelve, even though I know now I didn’t have the maturity to really understand the character intricacies.
In terms of writers I admire, there are so, so many. On the literary side, I’m most enamored with Ian McEwan (way loved “Sweet Tooth”), Ann Patchett (“Bel Canto” is a book I recommend again and again) and about a dozen others. Commercially, I’ve enjoyed a pretty broad spectrum, from Kresley Cole (I want to be Regin the Radiant when I grow up…) and J.R. Ward to Lisa Kleypas and Susan Elizabeth Phillips – who is so seriously funny and talented, I think every genre writer should read her as a matter of course. I could go on for pages, but I’ll take pity on you and stop here.

I am the EXACT same way, I could go on and on about my favorite authors!

Adria: If you couldn’t be an author what profession would you envision doing for the rest of your life?
Errin: I would work at the local garden center. Or be a volunteer mom/overseer to disadvantaged kids. It seems like I always have a small band of hooligans at my house in need of some attention or a sandwich, and I love it.

Adria: Have you ever been out and about in your everyday life and witnessed something so interesting/funny/intense that you just had to put it in one of your books? Can you share it?
Errin: One of my earliest memories is of my dad tossing me a little ways up in the air and catching me when I was little-little. I loved it! And he would indulge me when, in retrospect, I know he must have been tired and certainly had other responsibilities to attend to. But I loved the feeling of being 'so high up' - we're probably talking six and a half feet, here, which was significant when I was two feet tall - and then falling back into my dad's arms while we laughed together.

So when my heroine in my third book, Outrush (which I'm still drafting), is contemplating a jump off a high bridge into a deep river to be with her new siren friends, I started with that experience to try and make the experience appealing and exciting instead of purely terrifying. I have an excerpt on my blog if you're truly curious!

Adria: What is one genre or even sub-genre of romance that you’d like to write and why?
Errin: I think it would be a hoot to write historical romance. I have no plans to do it, since, having written a few things for commercial publication by now, I now understand how much work it is! But I’ve loved the Mallory series by Johanna Lindsay; and the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas. When I reread them, I always daydream about writing a historical of my own.
I LOVE Lisa Kleypas too! I’m a huge historical romance fan and as fun as a lot of them are, I can totally understand why some people would shy away from writing them, a lot goes into them!

Adria: I’m a big list person, I have lists for everything so I’d like to ask you a few rapid fire “list” questions.

List your top 5 Must Watch TV Shows.
1. Mermaid: The Body Found on Animal Planet. It’s a mockumentary that comes off as authentic, it’s beautiful, and it will absolutely convince you of the existence of mermaids.
2. Cops. Reality show. I honestly don’t know why I like it, but my husband and I often watch an episode or two to unwind at the end of the day.
3. Outlander on Starz. Especially the first season. It’s so dang good.
4. House of Cards. If I can’t be Regin the Radiant, I want to be Claire Underwood when I grow up.
5. Any nature show on National Geographic. Watching is like taking a Valium.

My mom and I just watched the first two episodes of Outlander the other day because I bought them on her kindle for her to see if it was something she’d like. She did and now I’m planning on getting her the all the episodes that are out so she can binge watch. Lol. I’ve never seen the Mermaid one but I know what you mean about coming off authentic. I once watched one about dragons that was amazing!

Adria: 5 movies you could watch over and over again until the end of time. 
1. The Godfather. I don’t know why, but I remain fascinated with it.
2. The Princess Bride.
3. Wonder Woman. I think I went to see it four times…
4. My Cousin Vinny.
5. Shawshank Redemption.

I loved Wonder Woman to pieces. I’m not a fan of the DC movies thus far but I’m glad this one turned out so amazing!

Adria: 5 songs you have on repeat because you can’t get enough of them. 
1. “Despacito” with Justin Bieber. (I know it’s trite. I can’t help it.)
2. “Riding Shotgun Down the Avalanche” by Shawn Colvin.
3. “Situation” by Yaz.
4. “Grace of God” by the Hellacopters.
5. “Mad Man Across the Water” by Elton John.

Yeah I can see where “Despacito” would make the list. I didn’t want to like it but I do! Lol.

Adria: 5 Books (Not your own) that are auto re-reads.
Errin: There are dozens – I reread favorite books to feel stable and secure in life – but here are a few:
- Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
- The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
- Tender Rebel and Gentle Rogue from the Mallory series
- The Wallflower series and Texas Romance series by Lisa Kleypas
- Anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

In hindsight this wasn’t a fair question to ask a fellow bibliophile. Every time I’m asked a question like this I feel like tearing out my hair because I have at least 50 “Top Reads.” Lol.

Adria: And, 5 things you have to have in order to get in the writing zone. 
1. Good coffee.
2. A decent night’s sleep.
3. Dishes have to be done.
4. Prefer to have a quiet house but almost never have it.
5. My mother available by phone to bounce ideas off of.

Adria: What are you currently working on?
Errin: I’m mostly done drafting (but not quite) the third in my Mer Chronicles series, Outrush. Editing is next. I think it might be my favorite so far… but I’m fickle that way since every story I’m working on is my favorite at the time.

Adria: Is there anything you’d like people to know?
Errin: I’m very, very grateful to be able to write my little books; and I deeply appreciate my fans!

Adria: Errin, thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it!
Errin: Thank you for having me!

If you all are interested in Errin’s work, she has Beach Bound: A Holiday Story for FREE HERE.

About Errin:

Errin Stevens writes paranormal romance from her home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son.

When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to New Adult suspense – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year).

Visit the blog for release updates and random essays on writing and mothering.

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Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

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