Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-eighth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with YA, romance / suspense thriller novelist, screenwriter and red pen session recipient Erica Miner. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Erica. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Erica: Hello, Morgen. Formerly a violinist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, I am now based in Southern California. I actually started writing before I played violin. When I was about 7 years old I was placed in an afterschool Creative Writing program. Even then I loved the process of telling stories and have never stopped writing and taking writing classes. When injuries from a car accident spelled the end of my professional music career, I went back to writing as my creative outlet. I started by studying screenwriting and, in fact, have written screenplays for all three of my published novels.
Morgen: I wrote the beginning (102 pages) of a TV drama for the defunct Script Frenzy and found it really hard. I love dialogue but it didn’t flow like prose so I take my proverbial hat off to you. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Erica: So far I have written in the Romance, Young Adult and Mystery genres in my novels, though I’ve added Comedy, Action Adventure and others to my screenwriting body of work. I haven’t considered other genres, though I’d love to write a period piece, something from the time of bonnets and carriages…
Morgen: 🙂 What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Erica: I don’t write under a pen name, since I think mine is pretty literary (Erica Jong is one of my most admired writers). To date I have had published three novels: ‘Murder In The Pit’ (Mystery), FourEver Friends’ (Young Adult), and ‘Travels With My Lovers’ (Romance).
Morgen: I have Erica (Jong’s) ‘Fear of Flying’ but haven’t read it yet. I’ve heard it was a very controversial book so I look forward to reading it. You’ve self-published – what lead to you going your own way?
Erica: My first novel, ‘Travels With My Lovers’, was published as a POD. I had just entered the world of writing novels, and I was eager to get my name known. The technology was fairly new then (about 9 years ago), but as a result of using that I was able to get numerous book signings, interviews, lectures et al. I definitely think it led to my name being known and to eventually getting a novel published traditionally.
Morgen: Congratulations. Agents and publishers are keen on authors having a following which is another reason why there are so many of us finding our own way online. Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Erica: I’ve tried reading both paper and electronic books, but I much prefer the former. For me there’s nothing that beats holding a book in your hand; plus for a writer, well…it’s just not possible to sign an electronic reader, at least not practically speaking.
Morgen: Margaret Atwood has a remote signature machine (mentioned on http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/science-fiction-news.asp?newsnum=556) and although I’m a techie, it’s not like meeting someone in person (not that my novel’s in paperback yet). Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?