Friday, February 15, 2019

Interview with Erin R. Howard

We're excited to welcome author Erin R. Howard to Lands Uncharted today to answer some questions for us about herself, her writing, and her upcoming new release, The Soul Searcher! Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello everyone! I’m excited to be here with you today. I’m married and have three kiddos, ages 14, 10, and 5. When I’m not writing, I love spending time with my family (we are a big movie and board game family) and crafting. I’m always learning new craft ideas. My youngest son has Leukemia, so we spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to St. Jude for his chemo treatments.

It so nice to "meet" you, Erin! We'll be praying that your son's chemo treatments are successful! What prompted you to start writing? Are you one of those authors who knew you were meant to write since childhood, or did it come as a discovery later in life?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I started writing in middle school. I remember my teacher wanted us to keep a daily journal and I asked if I could write a story instead. I wish I knew what happened to that journal!

What a fun idea! Which fictional character (book or movie) do you most relate to, and why?

This is a tough question. I’ve read so much, and I’m a huge movie fan, so it’s hard to pinpoint to just one character, I relate to different characters for different reasons. Some of my favorite movies are The Princess Bride, Ever After, Pirates of the Caribbean and You've Got Mail. The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series that I can re-read over and over.

Ooh, all great choices. We’re all about exploring new worlds here at Lands Uncharted—if you could choose one place to visit, real or fictional, where would you go?

I love to travel, so there are many places on my bucket list. Italy, Scotland, and Ireland are my top three.

I hope you're able to check all three off your bucket list someday! What advice would you share with an aspiring author?

Don’t stop reading, writing, or learning. Connect with other authors and find your tribe. Get plugged into a writer's group. They will be the ones that understand you the most. Don’t give up!

I couldn't agree more. Do you have any go-to foods or beverages while writing?

I’ve never liked coffee, so I lean more towards Coke or hot chocolate. Anything chocolate is a must-have.

Mmmm, chocolate. :) Your newest book, The Soul Searcher, releases on February 19th! Congratulations!!! What inspired you to write this series?

The series started as an assignment for a writing workshop course. We had to write from an unlikely hero or villain's POV. I’ve always wanted to write a supernatural story, but it didn’t fall into place until I started asking “what if there was a demon who was tired of being a demon?” The story grew from a short story for a class to a series. I’m so incredibly excited about the series.

Very intriguing! What fantasy elements did you incorporate into The Kalila Chronicles?

There are demons, angels, humans with gifts/abilities, portals, giants, ancient societies, and a sanctuary city that exists in the spiritual realm. It’s also urban fantasy, so it takes place in our world.

Wow, this sounds so cool! Can you give us any insights into your next project?

Yes! I’m working on both book three, The Silencer, and a prequel that will cover how the ancient societies came into being. There’s also in the works a brand-new novella series that will take place in the same story world as The Kalila Chronicles, but have a whole new set of characters and societies.

A few projects in the works, I love it! And finally, no visit to Lands Uncharted is complete without Top 3s! Give us a top 3 list in the category of your choice!

I love this question! How about three favorite villains that are made to look like villains since Viktor is my favorite character from my series, The Kalila Chronicles?

1. Snape from Harry Potter.
2. Jacqueline from the movie Ever After. I love that she seems so indifferent until the end.
3. Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph. He spends the whole movie trying to prove that he’s not a bad guy. Such a great film. I love the villain meeting they have at the beginning.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today! You can connect with Erin on her website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and blog. And here's a little more about The Soul Searcher (Book Two in Erin's Kalila Chronicles):

Elnora’s parents gave her one rule:
Stay hidden away at all costs.

Elnora Scott is used to her survival depending on the decisions of others. Locked away in her
safe house, it is easy to follow her parents’ dying wishes until an angel, demon, and seer show up
on her doorstep. Now, waking up in a dirty cell, she wishes she would have gone with them
when she had the chance, because the very ones who unknowingly ushered the kidnapper to her
location may be the only ones who can save her.

When Thea learns that Elnora may be in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to go find her. Thea thought
stepping through the portal would be her greatest obstacle, but it only reveals a more sinister

The Soul Searcher can be pre-ordered here. Congratulations again on your upcoming release, Erin!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me on Lands Uncharted. It was a lot of fun!


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