Q&A with Erin Everleigh

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Another of my Sexy in the City authors joins us this week! Please welcome the lovely Erin Everleigh!

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IMG_2464Were you good at English?

English was actually my weakest subject in school. I was more of a math/science student. My “real” job is in the medical sciences.

 

So, what have you written?

I released my first novel in January of 2015 – Absolute Love. It is a story about love, devotion and family. There is a mixture of sexiness and suspense, with twists and unexpected turns that will keep you on our toes. This book also uses dreams to help convey the raw and uncensored emotions of the main character. You will delve into her mind and follow her on journey of self-discovery. I did a lot of research for this aspect of the book and learned some pretty amazing things about how our minds dream. The forward of the book is written by Dream Expert Lauri Loewenberg.

I released the follow-up novella to Absolute Love, titled Love’s Sacrifice in December of 2015. This novella can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. It is a story about what happens when the one you are meant to love isn’t the one you are meant to be with.

Where can we buy or see them?

Absolute Love is now only available on Amazon – it is part of kindle unlimited.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1IghuP7

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1H1ke4e

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Pp2XRr

Love’s Sacrifice can be found at the following links, and is only $1.49 –

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HMPmpG

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1m3r1Sz

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1TKKgf1

Nook: http://bit.ly/1TKKKSa

iTunes: http://apple.co/1m3rFzw

What are you working on at the minute?

I have 3 young daughters ages 8, 8 and 10. They ask me daily to read the books I have published – and every time I have to explain that the books are not appropriate for them. So, we have decided to write a book together. It is very early in the works, but is something I am very excited about.

 

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I try to write about things I don’t need much research for, which is why you can find aspects of my own life in my books – I hardly have time to write as it is. In Absolute Love, Phoebe (heroine) shares the same profession as I do (my real job) and her husband, Justin, shares the same profession as my husband—see no research needed. But in aspects of my books where I do need to do research, I take my time, you want to make sure you know what you are talking about, and not say anything that is not correct.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

I didn’t really sit down one day and decide to be a writer. My actual profession is on the opposite side of the spectrum. I had a story in my head that wouldn’t go away, so I started writing it down – in the notes section of my iPhone. It took me close to 2 years to write Absolute Love. I stopped many times – it was a scar undertaking for me. I’ve published 2 books now, but I still don’t consider myself “a writer”, more someone who writes.

Why do you write?

I write because I love it. It gives me a huge rush. I love escaping into the world I created. At this point, it’s not even a choice or a conscience decision, I just do it.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Once the notes section of my iPhone began getting very crowded, I decided to open up my computer and take the plunge. I didn’t know where it was going to go, but I was curious to find out. BTW, I still have those original notes in my phone, I don’t think I’ll ever erase them.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Officially I write part-time, but the stories are constantly developing in my mind – even at times when they shouldn’t be ;).

 

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I started writing Absolute Love in the ‘Notes’ section of my iPhone, and then switched to my laptop. The other stories that I have written, or are writing, or even just ideas that pop into my mind I often start longhand, in a spiral notebook. When I get stuck on a scene, I will often pull out a paper and pen and start writing that way. I find that my brain works differently when I type on a computer than when I write longhand.

Where do your ideas come from?

They come from everywhere. Usually small random thoughts, or things that I see spark an idea. It takes some time for the idea to develop, but that is half the fun. It’s like watching a movie in my head – I have no idea where it is going to go. *Side note: I get my best thinking done in the shower and when I’m driving.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I didn’t outline my first book, I had all the ideas in my head and just ran with it. I have started outlining now though, it helps keep me organized, especially when I can go days without writing. I don’t always sick to the outline, but I have them. Currently, I have, I think, 3 or 4 stories outlined.

LS Final CoverFor your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I like having the paperbacks/hard covers. They are so pretty to look at, and touch and smell – now I’m sounding creepy. But I think, HOPE, most of you know what I mean. When I’m reading however, I like ebooks, I find my kindle easier to hold when reading in bed, or really anywhere. And my kindle is way more portable. You will always find it in my purse.

 

 

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

No, not really, I’ve tried many things! The hardest thing is getting your book into readers’ hands. Word of mouth is best. Blog tours. And for my newest release I approached those who reviewed Absolute Love. I have also given away free copies of my book in exchange for an honest review. I actually have something in the works now that I am hoping will benefit readers/reviewers and indie authors – stay tuned!!

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I feel that all reviews are extremely useful and help me grow as an author. The good reviews obviously help boost my confidence that people like what I am writing. They also help me to know what I am doing right. There are two types of bad reviews, the constructive ones (which aren’t really bad at all), and the mean ones (which are cruel). At this point I haven’t received a mean one, when I do (because everyone will), I know it will hurt. As authors, we put our heart and soul into our stories. We know that not everyone will like it, but no one is immune to meanness and cruelty.

 

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

I made a trailer for Absolute Love, but it also holds relevance to Love’s Sacrifice. The score is original music, written specifically for this book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf3cM5R7ba0

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Thanks so much for joining us Erin! Please be sure to follow Erin and check our her books!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorErinEverleigh

Twitter: @erineverleigh

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Erin-Everleigh/e/B00SDITTAI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1451703481&sr=1-2-ent

Book Links

Absolute Love:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1IghuP7

Love’s Sacrifice:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HMPmpG

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1m3r1Sz

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1TKKgf1

Nook: http://bit.ly/1TKKKSa iTunes: http://apple.co/1m3rFzw

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8281757.Erin_Everleigh

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