My Interview with Author Erin Lee

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My Interview with Author Erin Lee. 

Erin Lee is a freelance writer and therapist chasing a crazy dream one crazy story at a time. She is the author of Crazy Like Me, a novel published in 2015 by Savant Books and Publications, LLC,, Wave to Papa, 2015, by Limitless Publishing, LLC and Nine Lives (2016). She’s also author of Alters, Host, and Merge of the “Lola, Party of Eight Series,” When I’m Dead and 99 Bottles.

She also penned Her Name Was Sam, an LGBTQ awareness novella and Losing Faith, a novella with Black Rose Writing.

Lee has published numerous magazine articles, particularly on the topic of mental illness. She recently contributed to the Anonymous anthology, in support of the Semi Colon Project with her short story “One Good Reason.”

Her short story psychological thriller, as to be seen in (The Trouble with) Butterfly Kisses, “Rest in Peace?” is featured in Limitless’ 13 anthology, in support of mental wellness.

Lee holds a master’s degree in psychology and works with at-risk families and as a court appointed special advocate. She cannot write horror with the lights off. However, these days, she’s getting braver and and using candles instead. She’ll get there . . .

Lee is author of the DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER SERIES with Zombie Cupcake Press and From Russia, With Love with Bella Tulip Publishing.

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What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

Hi! My name is Erin Lee and I consider myself a multi-genre author. Most of my work is dark fiction or horror. Some of that work includes true stories of people and situations that I have found myself involved in in my work as a therapist for at risk children. These situations can be more terrifying than any fiction I could ever dream up.

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

Just Things, the first book in my Diary of a Serial Killer series, is a great introduction into the mind of Jimmie Putnam, the killer. Just Things gives readers a background into the world of this man, who appears ordinary on the outside but is actually a serial killer who has a pension for hoarding women’s bodies in his freezers at his ice cream shop or in his barn. While that sounds rather gory, it’s really not. This book is more about the mind of a killer and how it works, rather than the acts themselves. It will leave readers questioning themselves and whether or not this could be someone they know.

I was watching a documentary about serial killers and one killer said that he didn’t view his victims as people. He saw them as *insert shrug* “just things.” That’s how Jimmie sees his victims. At the time, it was called “Jimmie’s Freezers.” I changed the title that night. Then, I got to thinking: “How can I write about a murderer if I have never known one?” That’s when I got the idea to start interviewing convicted murderers as research for the series. (More on that later).

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How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

My degree is in psychology. I’m fascinated by people’s minds. All of my books have to do with people and their behaviors or even taboo thoughts. I think we are all a little crazy in our own ways. The difference is who acts on that crazy and who doesn’t. I wanted to know what could make an ordinary guy like Jimmie snap and kill women vrs someone, like me, who would rather do it on paper and by pen in a book as therapy.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I do weekly visits with kids to the state prison. I have often wondered about people convicted of the more taboo crimes – murder, especially premeditated, mass killings, etc. I began talking to these men in supervised visits and started listening to their life stories for research. It fascinated me to see how their lives had changed – from ordinary lives to unforgivable crime. So, in short, the story and series that follows was actually inspired by real world interviews I did with men convicted of murder at the state prison. One of the men said “I’m not all bad you know.” That is what got me to first re-write Jimmie’s character. I knew he wasn’t all bad and I wanted to figure out what motivated him to do what he did – much like Florel in the story.

Can you tell me about your Series?

The series includes three books – Just Things, Jimmie’s Ice Cream, and Thing Fifteen. Book one is about how Jimmie came to become a serial killer. It also introduces Florel, an FBI agent specializing in forensic psychology with a need for justice. Florel’s sister was abducted twenty years prior and the two of them have quite the interesting relationship as the series moves forward. Jimmie’s Ice Cream is about that relationship and how Jimmie manages to get away with his crimes. In Thing Fifteen, readers hear the story of his favorite victim, Beverly, and see the story from the victim’s perspective.

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Do you have a favorite book out of this series?

The book I have in front of me is always my favorite. I love the foundation laid in book one. In book two, I love the dynamic between Florel and Jimmie. I’m currently working on the last book so, right now, Beverly is also the cherry on top of my day.

Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?

When you spend your entire week working with people from all works of life who tell you their deepest, darkest secrets, you can’t possibly run out of ideas for your work. I have no books out there that don’t involve at least a shred of the truth of a client’s story. Of course, all names and situations are changed, but I always write from reality. I don’t think you need pure fiction to tell a good story because reality is so rich with experiences.

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What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

I write a minimum of 1,000 words a day. I never throw words out. When it isn’t working, I set it aside for another day when it will. I’ve tried writing from an office. The only place I am comfortable is on my couch in front of the TV and my laptop.

How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

Very. I own a dozen baby name books. Jimmie is for the jimmies (sprinkles) that go on the top of ice cream cones, for example. He ultimately opens an ice cream shop and there are metaphors all over this book and the series about cravings for killing like cravings for ice cream.

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What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding time between work and marketing.

What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

Yes.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

My children.

What’s the best thing about being an author?

The other authors I have met in the indie community whom I consider my closest friends.

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Stalker Links –

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Lee/e/B013Q953LM/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13994843.Erin_Lee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gonecrazytalksoon/

Twitter: @CrazyLikeMe2015

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_erin_lee/

Fan Group – Erin Lee’s Crazy Inklings:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/576618932538670/

Street Team – The Outsiders’ Street Team:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/596733930532264/

Book Links:

Just Things (Diary of a Serial Killer Series Book 1): hyperurl.co/abbzzh

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WATCHER (The Shining Ones) A Novel by Shawnee Small

Watcher
by Shawnee Small



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A stranger walks into a bar sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Poesy Wharton, it’s no joke at all.


For Poesy, a twenty-something waitress who’s living paycheck to paycheck, life on Tybee Island is predictably normal until Adam Walker drifts into Paddy’s Bar and Grill, the small town dive where she works. Unable to resist his quirky, English reserve and the strange tingling that plagues her every time they touch, Poesy finds herself drawn to Adam even against the advice of her two best friends, Birdie and Haylee Jane.


When bad things begin to happen including the brutal murder of another local waitress, Poesy finds herself caught between the man she wants and a secret world that could take away everything she knows and loves.


Poesy must choose her path wisely or lose everything . . . but did she ever have a choice?


Watcher is the first book in the new adult urban fantasy series, The Shining Ones, perfect for


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#1 in Urban Fantasy, #1 in Paranormal Suspense, #1 in New Adult & College Fantasy
Shawnee Small is the bestselling author of Watcher and the Shining Ones series.
She began writing the first book in her new adult paranormal series, the Shining Ones, in early 2010. Drawing on inspiration from her life abroad, as well as, her time in the Goth subculture of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Watcher was published in February 2012. After a writing hiatus, Protector (Book Two) was released in 2016 with the follow-up book, Betrayer, launching in January 2017.
Destroyer, the final book in the Shining Ones saga, is due out Autumn 2017.
She is currently working on several projects a book of short stories based on ‘80s hits and a brand new paranormal series.
Shawnee lives in Virginia with her husband.


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DANGEROUS HEARTS by K.K. Allen

Cover Design: Okay Creations

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Release Date: May 18, 2017

Synopsis

His heart beats for the music. She’s his favorite song.

Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals that can cause an entire arena to swoon. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf, she’s prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact.

Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn’t one of them. That’s fine with him. Women like Lyric come with fairytale expectations, so it should be easy to stay away. Too bad she’s hot as sin with a fiery temper and a mouth that drives him wild.

She’s also got something to hide. Something he discovers. Something he wants …

Sharing a tour bus, neither of them are prepared for the miles of road ahead and the fierce attraction they feel toward one another—a dangerous combination.

 

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Release Date: July 2017

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K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road.

 

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KINGDOM by A.M. Johnson

Kingdom (Avenues Ink Series #2) by A.M. Johnson

Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

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Release Date: May 25, 2017

 

Synopsis

Kelly Kavanagh was Liam’s happily ever after, his loyal princess. A lifeline to something better than any high school dropout could ever hope for…until the day she left to pursue a dream that didn’t include him and slowly his kingdom crumbled to the ground.

 

Liam O’Connell was the sun to Kelly’s everlasting moon, her painted prince. A strong and devoted soul to fight the war she was slowly losing against herself…until his promises had become lies and her dream was the only way she would ever survive.

 

They have more than just miles and time between them now. The twin fortresses they’ve built around their hearts are next to impossible to scale. But, when two parallel fates collide in life and in death, will the impact be powerful enough to break down their self-imposed walls?

 

Every love story starts with Once Upon a Time, but in real life there are no fairytale endings, and the prince who rescues you…will never wear a crown.

 

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Possession (Avenues Ink Series #1) by A.M. Johnson

Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

 

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Amanda Marie Johnson was born and raised in Valrico, Florida. She’s now surrounded by mountains with her husband and three children in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State University and graduated with her A.S.N. She is a full-time registered nurse. Reading and writing have always been something she is passionate about. She loves to write about the human experience, love and happily ever afters.

 

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MISTAKEN IDENTITY by M.C. Jackson

Cover Design: Indie Sage

Release Date: May 16, 2017

 

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The last time I saw my sister was the day before she vanished from my life. I’ve spent the last five years searching for her, clinging to the hope that one day I will find out what happened to her, but every lead has ended up at a dead end.

Until now.

He took me because he thinks I’m Her.

My instinct is to run. I want to fight my way out of there, but I can’t. This man is my only connection to my sister. I’ll do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Even if it means falling right into the arms of a psychopath.

 

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Author, mother, wife and avid reader.

 

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DAZED by Maria Macdonald

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Book: Dazed
Series: The Deliverance Series
Author: Maria Macdonald
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People say the heart wants what it wants and will not be denied.

Those people are fools.

I’m a practiced hand at hiding from the world. The scars I bear are invisible to all but me, and I use them to sustain the walls I’ve built around myself.

He knocked my simple life into disarray and infiltrated my carefully constructed defenses.

The tight control I maintain is at breaking point, and ever since our eyes connected across a lunch hall, my world has been off balance.

I can’t have him, and he can’t have me.

I know it.

He knows it.

I’m just not sure that Tarrant Reigns has ever followed anyone’s rules.

Everything and everyone is against us.

Even his brother.

Caden brought us together, but now he’s standing in our way.

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Dazed has a hot tattooed bad boy, plenty of angst, and a sassy heroine. What more could you ask for? It’s a page turner that’ll have you rooting for the main characters from the get go.
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In a genre so inundated with over the top heroes and heroines, Maria MacDonald’s Dazed is pure magic. Her ability to create such an intricately woven love story shines through in this novel giving the reader a restored hope in true love.Don’t miss out on this evocative, sweet and at times laugh out loud five star MUST read.
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Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she does.

Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl.

Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and publish.

Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England.

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