Interview with Erin Mc Luckie

What are you working on next?
I am currently editing a fantasy novel that pivots around the werewolf stereotype. Once again, there will be a charitable element attached to the sale of the novel with proceeds going towards the Wolf Sanctuary in Knysna.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is such a difficult question, because I read so much and jump from genre to genre. Without a doubt, I would have to include Tolkien under the fantasy genre banner, but I also adore Richelle Mead; Kelley Armstrong and Trudi Canavan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Um... the sun? I kid. No, if I'm being honest it's probably my deadlines - even when they are self-imposed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a creative person by nature, so in my spare time if I'm not writing I'm either creating music; videos or digital strategy for corporates.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through pinterest and social media in accordance with what people recommend, but then I also have a set of authors that I religiously follow and have diarised the dates of their next releases.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a really cheesy story about a bunch of kids who found out that their school was built on top of an old graveyard. This was in about the 5th or 6th grade.
What is your writing process?
It usually starts with an idea or scene, and from there I map out the story around it. Once my map is done, the writing bit is easier.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but the book that had the most impact on me at an impressionable age was J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye'. I was left with a ton of swirling emotions and I knew that I wanted to be able to make people feel something once they read my work.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to visually exemplify the book, it's that simple. And so, throughout the writing process I am always playing with ideas with what the cover should look like.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Narnia Series - because it's magically wonderful and allows me to escape in ways that reality simply doesn't.
2) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit - because Tolkein is an artist. His language creation is unrivalled and his characters often boast more depth than actual people I meet.
3) Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - because it was the book that changed the way I view literature.
4) The Portrait of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - I am in love with Oscar Wilde. I am in love with everything that he embodied and his work will span generations. Dorian Grey is probably his most well-known books which is why I chose it.
5) This is a very recent addition - Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking - because it is such a different view on consumerism and art that I can't help but get excited when I think about the consequences of changing up such relationships.
What do you read for pleasure?
I wish I could say that I read intellectually challenging novels that cause debates among my friends, but the truth is that I often read for escapism purposes, which means that sometimes it is utter garbage. And that's okay.
Published 2015-09-28.
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Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Please note: This is a fictional short story, with 20% of the proceeds going towards the South African Federation of Mental Health