It’s been a while since I’ve done an author spotlight, and this week, it’s back with a bang! Welcome to none other than, the wonderful, Erin Noelle! I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her while working on a local event and I think she’s so incredibly sweet and talented! Many of you have read her books, whether it’s the Book Boyfriend Series or her more recent releases. She has a new book, Surviving Us, that releases next week!! It sounds amazing and I know she’s eager to tell you about it, so let’s move on, shall we??
Synopsis of Surviving Us:
When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay.
But when it becomes evident she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between the two, she gives in to her desires, and for the first time in her life, learns the difference between simply living and truly feeling alive.
As their time in paradise quickly comes to an end, will her heart be able to withstand another devastating loss when it’s time to say goodbye, or will their connection be strong enough to survive the real world?
Death brought them together, but love will give them a reason to live.
**This book is a full-length, stand alone novel that is not a part of a series**
Let’s get to know…
T – Thank you for taking some time to answer some questions about you and your books. For those who may not know you (INSANITY…I tell ya!!) tell us a little about yourself.
E – Let’s see…a little about me. I’m a Texas girl, minus the horses and guns, who loves to read, write, and hang out with my family and friends. Food, wine, and watching sports are at the top of my list of indulgences outside of my addiction to romance novels. I’m a pretty easy-going gal that is known for my epic cartwheels and terrible singing.
T – Your first book, Metamorphosis – The Book Boyfriend Series – came out last year and was a big hit! How do you feel your writing has changed since this book?
E – When I wrote Meta, I literally just sat down at my computer and wrote it. I had a premise, but no outline or synopsis; I really didn’t even know how it was going to end. Other than required English classes in school and college, I’ve never taken a writing course, but with each book I write, I feel my writing techniques improve and my vocabulary expands. Continuing to read other well-written books also teach me quite a bit about writing.
T – I am currently reading Translucent (Loving it!!!) and know that you have another in the works. What can you tell us about the sequel?
E – Transparent, the continuation of Blake and Madden’s story, will be the second and final book in the Luminous series, and it will release on Jan 16, 2015. I’m currently working on it now, and I can’t tell you much without giving away the big secret from Translucent.
T – Your newest release comes out next week (OCTOBER 23rd!!) – Surviving Us – and the cover is amazing and the synopsis definitely has me eager to read. How did you come up with the premise for this novel?
E – An article on CNN.com about a young woman who was the sole survivor of a commercial plane crash actually prompted the idea for this story. The report went into quite a bit of detail about the guilt and PTSD she has suffered since the crash, and it was an aspect of the entire accident I hadn’t really thought about before.
T – We both know the book world is filled with negativity, but there are wonderful positives. What are your favorite things about the book world?
E – Two huge positives really stick out in my mind when I think about the book world and those are meeting some amazing women (a good mixture of other authors, bloggers, and readers) and the message I receive from readers when they tell me that one of my stories really made a difference or touched them in a special way.
T – What is the best compliment you have received on your writing?
E – I’ve had several women get tattoos inspired by my books, some even of the exact same tattoos from my covers, and that is the ultimate compliment. For the rest of their lives, they’ll have something that reminds them of one of my books.
T – What is your favorite way to connect with your readers and fans?
E – Despite all of its faults, I still utilize Facebook mainly to connect with my readers.
T – Has your husband read your books? What does he say to encourage you and your art?
E – My husband has read the Book Boyfriend Series, but not the others. He’s always giving me book ideas, which I love, and he’s extremely supportive of what I do. He actually gave me the idea for When the Sun Goes Down.
T – What do you think is the hardest part of writing a story?
E – The beginning, definitely. The first chapter not only sets the tone of the book, but it’s when most readers decide whether or not to continue reading. Sometimes it’s hard not to throw too much information out there all at once and overwhelm the reader.
T – What do you love most about writing?
E – While writing the words “The End” is always a relief, I love the developmental part of a character and/ or story in my head. It’s fun to create a whole new world and the personality of these people.
T – What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment professionally? Personally?
E – Professionally, publishing my first book is by far my biggest accomplishment. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d write a book, much less publish it where the public could purchase it. Personally, creating my two beautiful, though sometimes bratty, daughters is what I’m most proud of. They are the highlight of my life.
T – If someone asked your advice about writing, what would you say?
E – Sit down and write the story in your head, and do it for yourself, not anyone else.
T – What are you reading right now?
E – BAIT by M. Mabie
Alright, this is my favorite part THE Lighting Round (Twitter-sized answers as quick as possible) – Ready…Set…GO!
• Tattoos or Piercings: Tattoos
• Favorite Author: Colleen Hoover
• Last Movie You Saw in the Theater: Frozen
• Ultimate Book Boyfriend (not your own): Edward Cullen
• Deer or Goats: Deer
• Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
• Wine or Beer: wine
• What is Your Favorite Cuss Word: fuck
• Christian or Gideon: Christian
• Coffee or Coke (LMAO!!): coke (poison!!)
T – All right, thank you so much for taking the time to do this. So here’s the last thing: If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
E – To my readers: Thank you!!! The fact I even have “readers” blows my mind, and there’s no way I can express my gratitude for their support and the fact they keep reading these craxy stories that keep popping in my head.
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