Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Author Interview & Giveaway: Erica Hayes
Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer.
She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes with dark secrets.
She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she's terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.
Thanks for hosting me on Books and Tales today!
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I'm a planner. The story can't flow if it's got nowhere to go.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Nope. My main characters behave, mostly, because I've already planned the coolest things for them to do. My secondary characters like to demand more page time than they strictly deserve, though.
What is your favourite food?
Sugar. Does that count as a food? Mmm, chocolate…
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am a total shambles in the mornings. Probably because I stay up too late.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I've never seen any Inca ruins. That would be cool.
Do distant places feature in your books?
I have books set in Melbourne (Australia), near-future New York City and the far-future Galactic Empire. So yeah :)
Do you listen to music while writing?
No. I prefer silence, or just ambient noise. Anything more is too distracting.
Redemption. It's a fallen angel/vampire romance. Broken vows, shattered convictions, long-forgotten sins scraped raw. Oh, and the Apocalypse. There are evil demon princes, crazy archangels and plagues of cursed bloodsuckers. The sky might rain fire at some point.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
If you don't ask, you don't get. The easiest answer is always 'no', so be the solution, not the problem. And no risk, no reward.
Is there anything you would do differently?
In my publishing career? Yeah, sure, in hindsight. We were all doing stuff five years ago that these days we wouldn't dream of, and there are so many more opportunities now. But everyone's needs and desires change over time. Nothing wrong with evolving.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Loads of things, no doubt. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where your style comes from, or why you've chosen your core story. I write about 'the evil within' a lot. Pretty much all my books feature someone with a 'second self', a dark side they struggle with, a voice in their head. I'm not sure what that says about me…
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
The enthusiasm of most beginner writers outshines their skill. I know mine did! But that's okay. Just don't lose the enthusiasm when it gets difficult. And if it doesn't get difficult, at some point? You're doing it wrong.
What are three words that describe you?
Imaginative, solitary, distracted. Oh, and hungry, usually…
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
Seriously, does anyone have a single favourite book? A few that I've read over and over again are EXQUISITE CORPSE by Poppy Z Brite, THE COMPANY by Arabella Edge (those are both about psychopaths… hmm…) and the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. And I'm yet to read a Stephen King book I didn't enjoy.
Any places readers can find you on the web?
website | blog | facebook | twitter | goodreads
The Seven Signs, Book 2
Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 100K
Cover Artist: Kris Keller
Paperback: Amazon | BN | Book Depository
Ebook: Amazon | BN | iTunes
Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. But meeting her face-to-face might disarm his warrior spirit—and spark an unquenchable passion with apocalyptic consequences.
As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. But Japheth is after one vampire in particular—the one they call the Angel Slayer.
Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. Feeling abandoned by God, she stalks the West Village taking revenge on his angels—until she meets her match.
When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy—the Prince of Thirst himself—they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.
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