Author Spotlight with Erin O'Riordan & Contest too!
E.O. Thanks for having me here today, Katie. I’m an erotic romance writer. I write the Pagan Spirits series, which so far includes the novels Beltane and Midsummer Night. I’ve written numerous short stories and articles for online magazines like OystersandChocolate.com and CleanSheets.com. My stories have also been featured in Playgirl and Hustler Fantasies.
On a personal note, I live in the Midwest U.S.A with my husband and a cat named James.
K.S. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
E.O. I don’t think I have any writing quirks. I have a postcard of Ernest Hemingway hanging over my desktop computer. I got it from Hemingway’s house in Key West. Does that count as a quirk?
K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
E.O. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. My husband told me to write a novel in February 2006. He and I co-own a contracting business when I’m not writing, and he told me the business didn’t need me that week but that if I stayed home I had better finish the first draft of a novel in that time. I did; I banged out an 80-page first draft of what would become my book The Smell of Gas.
K.S. What genre do you write?
E.O. I mainly write in erotic romance, but I’ve also written more mainstream fiction, and some nonfiction too. I contribute a writing article to each issue of Poetic Monthly Magazine.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
E.O. My all-time favorite author is Emily Dickinson, because of her sheer genius. It was my eleventh grade American Literature teacher, Tom Gerencher, who introduced me to Dickinson and deepened my appreciation and understanding of her poetry. If I had to pick a prose author, I would say Nathaniel Hawthorne.
K.S. What does your family think of your writing?
E.O. Most of them are proud of me, though I think my explicit language still embarrasses my dad a little bit. My mom really enjoys going into Barnes and Noble, picking up The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica and seeing my name on the back.
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
E.O. There are so many different ways to celebrate each ritual on the NeoPagan calendar, but there are enough commonalities that if I describe something too different, readers will let me know I’m not being realistic.
K.S. What inspires you?
E.O. In the past, I have been inspired by songs on the radio, the caterpillars that crossed my path on my morning walk, a sales clerk at Pier One, a kayak trip in Michigan…it could be anything.
K.S. Where can we buy your novel?
E.O. You can buy them on Amazon.com, AllRomanceEBooks.com, EternalPress.biz (Beltane) and Excessica.com (Midsummer Night).
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or blog that we can visit?
E.O. My home page is www.aeess.com. My book blog, Pagan Spirits, is at erinoriordan.blogspot.com. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
E.O. I always answer this question the same way, but it really is the best advice: be persistent. Never give up.
AND NOW FOR SOME FUN!
Erin will be giving away two copies of the Torquere Press title 'Oilver's Good Night Kiss!
We're going to have a little fun with this giveaway. To be eligible to win a copy you must do 2 things.
1 leave a witty comment or question for Erin. She will be stopping in periodically to answer your questions. And she will determine from your questions, which were the best.
2 leave your email address with your comment or question. (If we can't get a hold of you we cant give you the prize.)
Winners will be announced on Friday 10/22/10