Interview with Erin Walkup

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing has always been a side-interest for me. By nature I am an artist. Everything from digital art to tattooing. Besides that, I am a full time mom and wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a big fantasy and fiction reader. Usually I'll browse through and read samples, and if they catch my attention enough, I will usually go about buying the book and I don't usually surface to reality until I've finished reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a lot of short and sweet blurbs all through school, but my most memorable writing had to have been a co-written vampire and demon story, that my friends Lisa and James wrote with me. We were really into multi-paragraph/page written roleplaying when we were younger, and that really sparked my writing adventures. Had we actually properly edited our writings, we probably would have ended up with a multi-book series or at the very least, a large novel. Unfortunately, it was over a yahoo groups page and we lost it all.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one. I've never been one to set out everything in advance. I just sit down and write and see what happens
How do you approach cover design?
It's not something I've put too much time into yet for myself, but I have done a cover for my sister-in-law who is a published author. Though for myself, it would be pulling an important aspect of the story to the forefront and going from there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Not individual books, but my top 5 series are
Harry Potter
The Mortal Instruments
Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Vampire Girl series by Karpov Kinrade
And finally the Rougarou series by my sister-in-law, Judith Ann McDowell
Describe your desk
My desk is always a bit chaotic. Stray papers, yesterdays coffee mug, pens and pencils and miscellaneous paperwork.
As I write this, my desk is cluttered with a glass bottle from a starbucks cold brew, a coca cola can, sunglasses, my wacom tablet, mouse, keyboard, two monitors, a hacky sack, some essential oils, bills and my budget planner. And unfortunately, it's quite a small desk. Always cluttered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small border town in British Columbia, Canada. Wilderness out my back door. I was always off in my own little world according to my mom. Believe me, those dragons and fae were real to me. My parents were big fantasy and sci-fi readers when I was growing up, we had a small library in our basement, wall to wall with books. The first large novel I read was the Lord of Rings (it was a combined book, I could hardly carry the thing!) when I was in 4th grade. I had been reading at a high school level since the second grade and I always needed more.

I had acres of property to play on, a river just down the road to swim in when the weather was nice, and a large mountain, where I had forts and many forest adventures. I don't think there was a day that went by where I didn't think myself or something around me was some type of fantasy being. I've pulled that through into my writing. I don't think I've ever written a story that wasn't fantasy.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since elementary school. Though I didn't really get into any major writing until I hit high school.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best thing about writing for me is that it gets me away from all the day to day struggles of real life. I get into my own stories. I see those characters, I see their every move, I hear their voices. I know them inside and out as if they were in the room with me.
Published 2018-01-24.
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