My First Online Interview!

Welcome Erica.  It’s great to have you visit! When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I finished the first draft of Lingering Echoes before I had kids, so that was the easiest time in my life to write—whenever I felt like it! Now with a toddler and baby at home, I squeeze in writing during their afternoon naps for a couple hours and then after they go to bed for another hour or so. It’s tricky because I don’t want to neglect my roles as mother and wife!
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
When I sit to write, I have a general idea of what I’d like to happen. Usually, I am an organized person who loves lists and bullet-points. However, with writing fiction, it seems impossible for me to outline an entire story! As I wrote Lingering Echoes, the relationships and storylines developed almost chapter by chapter, each scene leading into the next depending on where the emotions carried me. So I guess you can call me mostly a PANTSER!
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Whenever you find yourself scribbling ideas or scenes on a piece of paper, SAVE THEM! You never know what inspiration will come in the future that will guide those notes into something so much bigger. Lingering Echoes began in its infancy from a descriptive, poetic piece that I started writing during boredom in a college class, and then I found myself continuing to think and write about it on a rugby trip, of all places—all while packed into a 15-passenger van!
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I’ve always thought it sounded more exciting to say I’m a “night person”—but no, if I even attempted to lie about that, my husband would be the first to laugh out loud and roll his eyes. If we’re laying in bed watching a show and it’s past 10 PM, I will always fall asleep, and then wake up pretending to laugh in the right place or seem shocked during an exciting scene. He never buys it. On the other hand, even after a late night or waking multiple times to feed a baby, once I’m out of bed, there’s something about a new day that carries me a long way before exhaustion hits. No doubt about it—I have always been a morning person!
New York or LA? Why?
New York holds a special place in my heart because on my first visit to that incredible city, my husband proposed to me on a carriage ride around central park on New Year’s Eve. LA can’t beat that!
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato
In college I became a Recreation Therapist, so I am inclined to believe that activities and spending time together bond people faster than a formal sit-down conversation. Not that conversation isn’t important because it absolutely is—but when people play together and share in experiences, barriers are broken down and people are more apt to open up.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
My heroine, Allie, and hero, Damien, are two individuals who share similar pain from their past and who can relate to the emotional burdens that they each carry—both are a bit broken and battling themselves. It is when they come together that they reclaim pieces of their identity that they once had.
If you could go back to High School, what would you change about your experience?
I loved my high school experience where I attended an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. As a three-season athlete, the happiest, most confident I felt was playing soccer, touch rugby and sprinting in track with my teammates. However, athletic success aside, I often struggled “off the field” with opening up to people. I had lots of friends, but I hindered my relationships by not being open with them and allowing my relationships to carry to a deeper level. I would love to tell my “high school self” not to be afraid of letting people know that sometimes I struggled with insecurities, and had worries and fears that I needed to share.

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