Author Spotlight with Erin O'Riordan & Contest too!

K.S.  Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.

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 and 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,, (Beltane) and (Midsummer Night).

K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or blog that we can visit?

E.O. My home page is My book blog, Pagan Spirits, is at 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.


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

Good luck!


Erin O'Riordan said...

Thanks so much for having me today, Katie

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Erin,
Great interview! Best of luck to you with your books...Love reading paranormal...Tabs

Erin O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Tabitha. We writers of witch series have to stick together!

Katie Salidas said...

Your interview looks good Erin!! Thanks for being here today. I'm going to make another mention on Twitter. Hope you get some great questions and comments.

Dithreabhach said...

Interesting interview - not my usual sort of reading, but I will definitely give Erin's writings a read.
by the way what is your take on all this Twitlight/etc mania?

Erin O'Riordan said...

My mom and sister-in-law are huge Twilight fans. They read the first book and told me I had to read this series. I was a little bit bored by the first third or so of the first book, but by the end I was totally hooked. Now I'm a Twilight fan, too. In fact, I just watched the documentary 'Twilight in Forks' last night.

Keta Diablo said...

Hi Erin,

Happy to stop by and read about what you're up to these days. Sounds like your series is coming along just fine.

Much success and have a great weekend, Keta

Erin O'Riordan said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Keta.

Dithreabhach said...

I find all this "sparkly" vampire stuff quite hilarious :) I prefer writers like Elizabeth Caroline Grey, Sheridan le Fanu and Robert Southey. As for modern genre writers I like Brian Lumley.

Erin O'Riordan said...

I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading Brian Lumley, though I do enjoy Sheridan le Fanu.

Katie Salidas said...

If I might add something.

You have to admit whether you like them or not, the whole "sparkle" aspect was a new twist. It's hard to find that in vampire literature today.

Personally they aren't my thing but I have to appreciate the author's creativity there.

Erin O'Riordan said...

It's certainly a creative answer to the vampire's dislike of sunlight.

Willsin Rowe said...

Hi Erin (and Katie, of course).

Erin, I love the fact that you can be inspired by basically nothing. In truth, I think that shows that you're always "on", which is one of the aspects of a true writer (in my opinion).

Nice interview.

Erin O'Riordan said...

Thanks so much, Willsin. The truth is, I'm very lucky to have a husband who nurtures my creativity. He may not sparkle in the sunlight, but he's MY Edward Cullen.

Glenda A Bixler Reviews said...

Such tame responses for this sexy woman...
So what inspires you Erin to write...
What you DO write...

Could it be your cat named...James? or some other pussy you have at home...

Erin O'Riordan said...

;)Well, I'm married, not blind. The world is full of delectable temptations.

Kim hanks said...

Hi Erin,

Great stuff here,and i wish you the best of luck.

mariska said...

Hey Erin !

I wanna know your favorite scene(S) on these books. Did you find it difficult to write them ?

uniquas at ymail dot com

Erin O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Kim, for stopping by.

Mariska, my favorite scene in 'Beltane' is the scene in which the family celebrates the Beltane holiday. It was the easiest scene to write because it's what I wrote first. I actually had that scene published as a short story at The Erotic Woman before I wrote the book.

In 'Midsummer Night,' my favorite scene is the one in which Zen, sleeping on the plane on her way home from her visit to India, dreams of Shiva. That one was a little bit hard to write because I'm so in awe of all the legends and stories surrounding the god Shiva.

I don't think I have a favorite scene in "Oliver's Good Night Kiss." I like them all. That was easy to write because I had so much more to say about the characters from "Oliver's Famous Clam Chowder."

Anonymous said...

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About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.