An Interview With… Erin Wright

Our exclusive interview today finds us chatting with Erin Wright about writing books, life as an author, famous cats and inspiring authors.

We sent Beth, our editor, along to meet Erin. Here’s what happened:

Beth:
Today I’m meeting with the lovely Erin Wright. As I enter the room, I catch her sipping on a glass of clear liquid and after a quick sniff, unsurprisingly find it to be water. At 10am, it’s a little early for much else.

Thank you for agreeing to chat with me today. If you don’t mind me saying, although you’ve a few books out, you haven’t been writing for that long?

Erin:
Yes, that’s right. I’ve been writing for about a year now. I published my first book in October 2016.

Beth:
You’ve been very busy in that short time with such a number of books out already. I can see you work from home here.

Erin:
I do. Actually, my husband and I are both writers and both work from home, so we have to work around each other. We’ll usually ask each other in the morning, “What’s on your agenda today? Where are you going to be writing?” Luckily, there are four different areas in the house that are separate from each other that are all suitable for writing, so we can have space and elbow room to get stuff done… But my fav place lately has been on my new favorite toy: A walking treadmill. I walk several miles a day while writing. It’s pretty awesome.

Beth:
I’ve just noticed, is that the famous Jasmine? I’ve only ever see pictures of her from your newsletter. [Jasmine decided to sniff me before jumping up on my lap.]

Erin:
Meet Jasmine the Writing Cat, who just happens to be *the* most adorable cat you’ve ever met in your life. She has more personality than ten other cats put together. If you sign up for my newsletter, you get a picture of Jasmine in every email. She gets her own fan mail, which I think is hilarious. She’s more popular than I am, and really, who can blame the fans? If I had to pick between her and me, I’d pick her too!

Beth:
I love that! I bet she is great company when you’re writing. Does she help with ideas or is she more a really good listener? [For the record, readers, Jasmine really is that adorable… and here’s a little pic of Jasmine just to prove it.]

Erin:
Jasmine doesn’t say much, except when she’s hungry… As for ideas, they’re everywhere. I don’t know how people can’t come up with ideas. For me, the problem is too many ideas and not enough time! And usually, my characters are based on a conglomerate of people – a little from this person, a little from that person.

Beth:
So the characters in your stories are based on real people, what about the events?

Erin:
Absolutely! They’re all inspired by real life. Funny or strange things happen and literally my very first thought is, “Can I use that in a book?” And then I type it into my notepad on my phone. Half of my stories happened to me or someone I know.

Beth:
I’ve read your stories… that’s hilarious. You’ve certainly met some characters.

Erin:
I haven’t always been a writer, I’ve done everything from being a ranch hand to a library director, so that’s helped.

Beth:
Ranch Hand? That explains the Western theme running through your stories.

Erin:
I write all contemporary Western Romance (WestRom) and my books are set in Long Valley, Idaho which is a real place! I write swexy books (sweet + sexy) that on a scale of 1 to 5, hits right around a 3.

I read pretty much only western romance too, (Linda Lael Miller, I love you!!!!) but my all-time favorite author is actually Julia Quinn. She is so damn funny. I want to be Julia when I grow up. (We all have to have dreams!)

Beth:
It’s cool that you have authors that inspire you with their writing… would you have any advice for others who are setting out on their own writing journey?

Erin:
There’s so much differing advice out there but I’d certainly say to have fun with it. It’s a career, absolutely, but if you pick a genre that you hate because it’s “hot,” it’s going to show. Don’t do it.

Beth:
What’s the one best thing, for you, about being a writer?

Erin:
Oh man, the readers!!! Love, love, love chatting with my readers. They are all such awesome people.

Beth:
I couldn’t agree more, I haven’t met a romance reader yet that I didn’t like! What are you writing at the moment? Is it part of the series?

Erin:
I am in the middle of the last of the Miller brother novels, which will finish out these four books (Accounting for Love, Blizzard of Love, Arrested by Love, Returning for Love). Arrested by Love JUST got released at the end of July, so I’ve just started into Returning for Love.

Beth:
How’s the book coming along then? Are you a fast writer?

Erin:
Slow in output, but not per day? I know that doesn’t make sense… But I have a lot of stuff on my plate, so although it doesn’t take me long to write my words, I’m not able to write a lot every day. Timewise, I just don’t have the time to put down a lot of words. If I can clear out some of the other things that I do, I’ll be able to up my production a lot and can start writing all of these novels that are burning a hole in my head! 😀

Beth:
When you do write, do you just sit down and see where the story goes or is it all already there in your head?

Erin:
Plot. Plot, plot, plot, plot. Absolutely no pantsing (i.e., writing by the seat of your pants) for me. To me, that’s terrifying if I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen next. I’m a big wuss, no doubt about it!

Beth:
When you’re finished up with writing a book, what happens… do you celebrate? If so, what do you get up to?

Erin:
I smile really large, and then get to work scheduling advertisements for the book… I know how to par-tay!

Beth:
Yup… you definitely do. [I didn’t want to disagree with Erin, but I would have expected at least some celebratory chocolate…]

Beth:
Moving on, for our readers who haven’t started your series yet, what’s it about?

Erin:
Like I’ve said, my books are all set in Long Valley, Idaho, and the first book in my series, Accounting for Love, is free on ALL storefronts. It’s the love story of Stetson, the youngest of the Miller brothers. He runs into some financial trouble and the bank sends out the auditor…who just happens to be damn sexy… Shenanigans ensue! The other books in the series are all either brothers or friends of brothers.

Beth:
Where can our BrazenBookshelf.com readers find your books?

Erin:
Everywhere! Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, GooglePlay, even Smashwords. Check your favorite retailer – I bet you I’m there.

Beth:
Perfect! And now, suppose our readers wanted to stalk you… where would they find you?

Erin:
They can find me easily enough. Here’s a few links:
ErinWright.net, FaceBook, BookBub and by downloading my free book, Stampede for Love.

The best place for readers to start would be ErinWright.net. Everything you need is on there, promise.

Beth:

Thank you so much for taking time out today to chat with me. I really appreciate it! I’ll look forward to seeing Returning for Love in all the usual retailer spots.

About Erin Wright:
Erin Wright has worked every job under the sun, including library director, barista, teacher, website designer, and ranch hand helping brand cattle, before settling into the career she’s always dreamed about: Author.

She still loves coffee, doesn’t love the smell of cow flesh burning, and is quite happily ensconced with her handsome hubby in a small, charming town in rural Idaho. Find her updates on ErinWright.net, where you can sign up for her newsletter here, along with the requisite pictures of Jasmine, her kitty cat muse and snuggle buddy extraordinaire.

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