Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m happy to have Erin Unger as my guest. I’m a fan of anyone who lists Mary Higgins Clark as a favorite author — but beyond that, I’ve been connected with Erin in the Christian writing community for a long time and I’m THRILLED that she’s finally a guest here! I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did. Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of her latest release.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be on Hallee’s blog. I was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books I could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, I have enjoyed an exciting life with my hubby. But my fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in my books thanks to all of my mostly grown children and a couple of grandkids.
Tell us about your current release. Worthington Investigations is on another grisly case in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
When P.I. Shauna Pratley heads up the investigation for Christopher Newen, a rural firefighter, she only wants to solve his father’s murder not fall in love. She’s struggling to decide if God’s directing her to leave the team and re-enlist in the Army.
Christopher Newen may be used to the blazes of fire but not the heat ricocheting between him and Shauna. He needs the team’s help but has no intention of letting flames ignite between him and Shauna…yet her protective nature and fun-loving personality draw him in more than he wants to admit.
How will they work together to find a killer without letting love get in the way? Will they have to admit maybe God has used the horrors of evil to bring them together for good?
Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? This is going to date me, but my first screen crush was Tom Cruise. In Top Gun he was so alive and roguish.
Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I am a plotter through and through. I’ve been known to have a sixty-page outline before I start a book. I feel like the outline is the bones and organs of the story and the actual writing is the skin and circulatory system of it. It gives me a chance to be creative twice with one story!
Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? I always have a pre-determined length decided because it depends on the standard of which publishing house I am writing it for.
What is your preferred method of writing? Since laptops are easy to take anywhere, I have always preferred to type my ideas and stories on my computer or cell phone. Even editing is easiest for me to do on the computer.
Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I was an avid reader as a child, and I read thousands of books growing up. My most favorite were Mary Higgins Clark and Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew).
What do you do when you hit a roadblock and have NO idea what to write? As a writer, hitting roadblocks is common, but I have a tried and proved method for getting through it. I write the scene or character in question and circle it. Then I write every possible characteristic or situation I can think of. I circle the one that feels the most right. And I keep doing this until I have solved the complete scene.
Here is where you can find Erin online:
Erin is giving away an ebook of Summer Flash Burn to a reader! See below how to enter to win:
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Thanks for having me!
Hi Cyndi! Thanks for stopping in. I’m so glad you like the cover! A cover and the first couple paragraphs are what make me pick a book to read.
interesting writing info
Bn, thanks for reading my guest post!
What a great interview! Love the new book.
I love how you get through writer’s block. Now that’s perseverance!
Hey Lisa, I’m so glad you stopped in to read my post. Before I came up with this method, writer’s block would sometimes sideline me for weeks. Now I’m able to power through.
Looking forward to reading this!
Hi Trudy! It’s been fun being on Hallee’s blog. Thanks for stopping in.
Hey, Paula! Nice to have you on here. Thanks for reading my post.