Interview with Erik S Lehman

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, for without them, I wouldn't have the pleasure of spreading the romance of life to the world.
What are you working on next?
The final touches on the second book of the Daughters series: Daughters' Dream, which is Emmelina's (Emma's) story.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many, though I am particularly partial to The Dark Tower series (Stephen King), along with the Irish tales written by Nora Roberts. I also take pleasure in the works of John D MacDonald. Though, as I mentioned, I read and enjoy works from a multitude of different authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My characters.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Exploring the winding roads of life on my Harley Davidson while feeling the wind on my face blowing the crazy away.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly searches and word-of-mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ah, yes, I was just tiny lad, writing a story about a fishing trip with my dad.
What is your writing process?
First, it is a desperate attempt to rope my wild mind into some semblance of organization ... then the magic begins to form and I am guided along a path of prose. However, as is the norm, the first draft is always atrocious. Patience and perseverance is key.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was The Old Man and The Sea, and I was barely at reading age. The story captured me, and made me say "I need to do this." Hemingway holds a special place in my heart.
How do you approach cover design?
Magic, of course, along with the infusion of story elements.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway), because of the ultra-lean prose and thought invoking elements performed so simplistically. The Dark Tower series (King), due to the outstanding creativity. Another of King's work that would be on my list is Lisey's Story, for the romantic, supernatural elements. I also enjoy the writing of John D MacDonald, Nora Roberts (The Wedding Quartet; The Three Sisters Trilogy), and a host of others.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything.
Published 2015-02-04.
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