Interview at Immortality and Beyond:
Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a drink?
I’ll have a Zombie Blast, thanks. Hold the brains.
BK: LOL. No brains :) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Doesn’t everyone? What's not to love about creating worlds and torturing the hapless characters inside? Just like little fishies in a barrel, they are… But writing fiction for a job is brilliant. Your own hours, your own tasks. The only job I've ever had where I wasn't bored after six months.
BK: Please tell us a little bit about your current release...
Fallen angels, demons, the apocalypse, hot romance. And zombies! This one has a zombie plague in Manhattan. But it's really about saving the world, one soul at a time – and the idea that your fate is what you make it.
BK: What inspired this particular novel/book?
Well, I was at my crit partner's house, and I had this random idea about the Apocalypse and fallen angel warriors and seven vials of wrath. I don't know where it came from. I never know. They just appear. Is that weird…?
BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
I include random homicides. You thought that guy was the hero? Bwahaha. Think again… no, wait, that's Game of Thrones. Damn...
Seriously? We're all different people. There might be no new stories, but only I write like me. Give five authors the same plot, they'll write five wildly dissimilar books.
I try to learn from my favorite authors, sure – I learn so much from studying what they do – but in the end, no one can write my story like me.
BK: What was the hardest thing about writing this story?
Actually, this one was kind of easy :) the characters just fell out from somewhere.
BK: Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?
The hero, naturally! Lune is to die for. He's strong, gallant, always ready to act. And he tends to say whatever comes into his mind. He's not a subtle man. If he wants something, you'll hear about it.
BK: Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…
Can't give too much away, but there's this one scene where the hero makes a desperately romantic sacrifice. It's totally swoon-worthy. Also, I do love my villains, and the demons in this series are particularly juicy and nasty. Sarcastic little worms, too.
BK: Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series? OR If it is a series, what inspired it to become a series?
REVELATION was always intended as book one of a series. There are seven plagues of the Apocalypse, after all. Can't fit 'em all in one book!
BK: Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?
What, when I've finished swanning about in my private jet and lounging in the sun at my Caribbean beach villa?
I get up. I feed the cat. I read emails and do author promo on the internet. I shower. I go to the coffee shop and write. Then, I come home. Eat dinner. Watch tv, usually, or play games. Yes, my life is that exciting…
BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Slay zombies. They know this. They don't come round much anymore. So I like to go walking, and read, and play games. Currently I'm having an Assassin's Creed marathon. (Did I mention that Ezio is my secret boyfriend?) I also play a few instruments, so sometimes I even practice those, to my cat's disgust.
BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
Me? This is just my mild-mannered secret identity. In truth, I am Cliché Woman, slayer of tortured billionaires and destined mates. Be afraid.
BK: What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?
I don't have just one. Lately I've been reading a lot of fantasy. But I'm a sucker for a good historical epic. I'm obsessed with Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL. Seriously, if you only ever read one 'literary fiction' book in your life… well, you won't read just one. I defy you not to one-click-buy the sequel immediately.
Don't be afraid to try new and strange things. You don't have to be like everyone else. Read other authors, learn from them, then go your own way.
And don't believe anyone who tells you indie publishing is sub-standard, or traditional publishers are eevil!, or agents are dinosaur parasites. None of it's true. We all have a place. Just get informed, and do what's right for you.
BK: What are you currently working on?
I finished a short story yesterday, called HUNTER'S HEART, about a demon-hunting vampire and her hellspawn lover. Phwoar. Moving on to something new and sekrit next…
BK: Where can readers connect with you?
Come by my Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/ericahayes.author) or chat with me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ericahayes). I'd love to hear from you!
About the Author:
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.
The Seven Signs, Book 1
The Seven Signs, Book 1
Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 100K
Cover Artist: Kris Keller
A fallen angel with a mission and a medical examiner who's lost her faith are fighting for their souls in a glittering, near-future Manhattan...
Blind faith is for fools. That's what Dr. Morgan Sterling believes. And she's going to prove it by curing the zombie plague ravaging her city's slums. She's certain it's not a sign of the End of Days, but a nasty disease—until an angel appears in her morgue in a flash of glory.
Luniel is not just a fallen angel. He's a powerful warrior sworn to fight evil in hopes of a chance at redemption. He's after the demon princes who are stealing the seven vials of holy wrath which, when perverted, will unleash eternal hell on earth.
To stop the plague, Luniel needs Morgan's help, and her faith. But Morgan believes science is their salvation. If the zombie plague is a demonic curse—and if Luniel is true—he’ll have to prove it. Even if he loses his heart to true love or his soul to Hell...