Interview with Erica Clark-Rossam

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A family joke is that my first word wasn't Mama or Papa...it was "WHY". Curiosity may have killed the cat but I am living proof that eagerness to see what happens next actually make for a long, full and colourful life. I wake up and feel excited to get on with a writing project or to see my clients or go hiking or dancing or do one of the many things I love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a therapist I see clients for part of the day. Otherwise I am off to yoga or to have coffee with my closest friends, or making my way to my hiking group or to a writers' circle or to my poetry group. I also love movies and dinner with friends. I am never bored. Books are my constant companions.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Before a friend told me about Smashwords, I'd hear of a book from friends or colleagues or see one mentioned in a book that I was reading. I'd then go onto popular online sites and see whether an ebook version.was available.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Apart from the stories I wrote at school, there was a story I wrote in my late twenties that was a murder mystery. It included thwarted love and revenge - quite dark and intense. When I read it today, I seriously consider extending it into a novel.
What is your writing process?
I have no idea where I found the courage to plunge in and write and write until I'm pooped. Then I go back, clean up and do cut and paste. Computers have made it possible for me to write quickly because I find typing easier than handwriting. Typing goes at the pace I think. Often a subject will just pop into my head along with a title. Then the contents preoccupy me until I reach a point where I have to get my thoughts down or face feeling restless and uncomfortable. It's like being pregnant and eager to give birth.
Published 2015-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Who Pulled the Plug on my Fantasies...and how to find contentment.
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 70,770. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
The book explores what prevents people from achieving happiness and contentment, and how to attain and sustain a satisfying measure of both. It explains how our conscious fantasies and largely unconscious phantasies are full of "shoulds", "oughts", "musts" and "buts", that make lived experience seem painful, dull or difficult. Ways of accessing our phantasies and unproductive beliefs are offered.