This week I’m delighted to be able to interview fellow Rainstorm Press author, Erin Britt, who has just released the intriguing novel, Celia. Don’t you just love this cover?
Without giving too much away, tell us about your new book?
Celia is the story of a woman whose marriage takes a drastic, unforeseen turn. She does her best to cope with all the changes but she ends up facing not only a marriage crisis but an identity one as well.
Where do your ideas come from?
I try to draw on things I know. Sometimes I’m inspired by what’s happening in the world. If an event makes me say, “What if…?” then I know I have a story to work with somewhere.
Who is your most fascinating character, and why?
I would say Brian is the most fascinating character even though he isn’t the main character. His actions are negatively affecting his wife, and he chooses not to see her pain. When he has no choice but to confront her pain, he runs away, both metaphorically and physically.
Are any of your characters based on people you know or have met?
I usually use the people in my life for inspiration but they are loosely based, at best.
Which is your favourite chapter/scene, and why?
I think my favourite scene in the book is the hospital scene. The narrator is on medication so she has no filter to her thoughts or speech and that was fun to do.
How do you plan to promote your novel?
It officially released November 3, so I’ve been promoting the links on Facebook through my author page (www.facebook.com/erinbrittofficial) and on my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/ErinRBritt). I just added the book to Goodreads, as well. There might be some publicity through my university later this year.
What can readers expect from you next, and when can they expect it?
I have a short story coming out in an anthology from Rainstorm Press titled “Blood and Rain,” and I am currently working on a novel called Enraptured. I’m hoping to see them out sometime next year.
Describe your current work in progress in less than 15 words?
A child disappears in a small town. The church thinks she was Raptured. Was she?
What is your writing routine and how do you balance your writing with your other commitments?
I’m a mom and a college student, so calling it a routine might be giving it too much credit! I try to write a minimum amount every day when I get up. Some days that works better than others. By necessity, writing takes a back seat to my classwork, but I make it work somehow, especially when part of my classwork is writing!
Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Ugh, I despise writer’s block! The best way I have of getting over it is to walk away from the writing for a while. Do something completely unrelated. That usually shakes something loose.
Name one of your favourite books and how it has influenced your life.
I love to read. The one book I’ve read more than any other is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Sometimes you just need a good cry.
What’s been the most memorable event in your life to date, and why?
There are so many, good as well as bad. I think the best events were the births of my sons. They’re amazing kids.
Where would you choose as an ideal holiday destination, and why?
I would love to visit Ireland. My family came from there and I’d love the opportunity to see where I come from.
What secret will your readers will be surprised to hear about you?
I want a little pug dog. Our dogs are pretty big, so I want something small that is meant to go in my lap.
Quick Fire Questions:
5 star hotel or backpack? Hotel
Espresso or latte? Neither. I happen to enjoy having a stomach lining.
Plotter or panster? Panster, mostly.
Drummer or lead singer? Lead singer!
Favourite real person? Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Favourite fictional character? Jaenelle Angeline
Burger and chips or Michelin star? Michelin Star
Theatre or cinema? Both!
Sports car or campervan? Sports Car
Safari or Cruise? Cruise
Thank you, Erin! So good to get an insight into your writing life.
Author bio: Erin Britt is a 35 year old mother of two boys, three pitbulls, and two dwarf bunnies. She is currently a student at Indiana University-South Bend where she will graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English Creative Writing with a minor in Informatics. She collects dragons and is currently obsessed with Daleks.
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