MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ERIN LEE☠️
How and when did you get started as a writer?
I started writing in first grade. My elementary school had a young author’s program. My first book was called “Nire, the Purple Aardvark.” I was hooked. Purple is still my favorite color. Some things just don’t change.
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. People fascinate me. I like telling their stories and trying to understand human behavior.
How do you usually find your ideas?
By day, I work as a therapist. People tell me their stories and problems. I like to take pieces of these stories and turn them into fictional situations. I often use this as a plot bunny for a bigger story.
What are your goals as an author?
To help people not take life so seriously. I really believe we are all a little crazy. In building characters who we love and hate but can relate to, we realize we are all connected in one way or another. Being able to laugh at them and ourselves is what it’s about.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
With my first publication, Crazy Like Me, with Savant Publishing, LLC. Back then, I felt like I needed a publisher to feel validated as an author. I no longer feel this way.
Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?
No. I have a hard skin. I was originally a reporter so I’m used to public critics. The readers I have and touch are worth negative feedback. I am me – like me or not, and I’m good with that.
What genres do you write?
What genres don’t I write? I write everything. Life is crazy in all areas. I want to cover it.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
When I see it, I try it. Right now, my focus is horror and I’m having a blast.
What inspires you to write?
How long does it take you to write a novel?
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
Baby Girl in Daddy’s Girl. I like her. Or Heather, in The Ranch. She’s a lot of fun.
What are you working on at the moment?
A top-secret horror novel that is going to blow people away – the cover alone is epic. The title is ironic. I love it.
Can you give a little morsel of what you are working on?
I’ve single-handedly killed off nine generations of legacy all because of a stupid chicken named Lucy with a broken leg. The dreams of my husband and his fathers before are so far off from how they were breed to be that I almost feel guilty. But here, in this sanctuary, as I peek out the dingy window above my kitchen sink, I can’t say I really regret a thing.
I squeeze rust from a steal wire pad I should have thrown away ten washings ago. I place it on the window sill, leaning to get a better look at Farmer Charming. My husband, a rancher since the day I met him, is busy watering the vegetable garden. It should be my job – I’m the one who insisted we planted it. I figured it would be a good way to save money but also another food source – something to keep us out of trouble between protein bursts. He was resistant initially, asking me if “plants have feelings.”
Yes. He was being sarcastic. It’s something I love about him, but not something I appreciated much at the time. The only way to get through it was to fight it out. And that we did. Eventually, like he always does, he gave in. And now, that garden is a lifeline for him – something that gives him purpose that he even thanks me for. “You always know exactly what I need.”
What can we expect in the near future?
Upcoming releases I’m excited about include: Once Upon a Reality, The Ranch, Momma, Circus Freak and Daddy’s Girl. Next year will be a ton of fun too – with many surprises I’m working on.
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
Yolanda Olson – the queen of horror.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I have to keep the lights on to watch horror movies.
What is your greatest weakness?
What is your greatest strength?
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A teacher or a nurse.
Favorite movie. Breakfast Club. (I know, I know. I can’t help it).
Favorite website. http://www.authorerinlee.com
Favorite color. Purple.
Favorite book. The Glass Castle
Favorite country. Australia
Where can people find you?
Stalker Links –
Fan Group – Erin Lee’s Crazy Inklings:
Street Team – The Outsiders’ Street Team: