Interview with Erin Lancaster

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Atlanta area. Because of this, many of my characters have some amount of Southern in them by the way they talk and act.
Describe your desk
My desk is an absolute mess! I read somewhere that Einstein once said that that was a sign of brilliance. I hope so. I have papers strewn about in every manner of disarray, and little notes about this and that included in that unstacked mishmash of a mess because I'm known to forget things. As I look for one particular item, I have to dig for it, but I know it's there. As I dig, I feel like I'm going on an archeological expedition. I knew there was wood down here somewhere!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in elementary school, but that was mostly cartoons about my cats. In middle and high school, writing wasn't as important to me as it is today. My artistic focus was centered on music during that period of my life. As I got older, I became more and more interested in writing until I felt I would explode if I didn't get these stories out of me. That's when it turned serious. Now, it's one of the most important aspects of my life.
What is your writing process?
I have a mixed approach. Sometimes, I give myself a bullet point outline, and other times, I wing it. Most of the time, the outline and winging it come together after the characters themselves try to take control of the story. I let them to some extent because when I do the story feels more real to me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is humorous to me. For a while, I stuck to writing blog stories until one day the power went out. My family was out of town, and I got bored. So, I pulled out a few sheets of paper and started writing away. After loads of editing (and completely changing the first few chapters), I found a finished book sitting in front of me!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating my own universes in which I have the control. In many ways, this is therapeutic for me. I love leading my characters into hardships only to pull them out of them, just to show that it can be done.
Who are your favorite authors?
My most favorite author is Jane Austen. I love the way she paints a scene and puts me right into it. I love reading books by Janette Oke because she has the power to pull emotions out of me that maybe I didn't want to come out while I read. One time, I got so mad I threw the book across the room ... only to come back after about five minutes to pick it up and start reading again because I was dying to know what would happen. I love reading romance novels and finding a good author of them. Currently, I'm turning to see which book sits upon my nightstand, and it's "So Worthy My Love" by Kathleen Woodiwiss that was bought for me by a friend.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
*laughs a little*
I have to get out of bed almost every day to get up, get ready, and take my kids to school. On those days that I don't, the characters in my head make me get up because they have a story to tell, and they need my hands to do it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Some things I enjoy doing when I'm not writing are spending time with my family or playing The Sims. I also play in two very good handbell choirs. Often, I chat with my friends on Facebook when I should be writing, but they also serve as a good sounding board when needed.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm going to change this question around a little and make it "the first story read to me". It wasn't really the first story read to me by my mother, but I do believe it was the first novel read to me. She would read "The Secret Garden" chapter by chapter before my sister and I would go to sleep. I used to love the way she'd do her best attempt at a Yorkshire accent, and if she tried to get by without doing it for one night, I'd get onto her about it and demand that she do it. That book opened my eyes to a new world outside of the short, children's stories I'd read to myself. The experience was magical.
Published 2014-06-22.
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Books by This Author

Learning to Love (A Story With No Title series book three)
Series: A Story With No Title, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 74,750. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Life starts to look a little sweeter for most on the island, but not everyone feels content. Forces at play work to destroy the lives of the happier ones around them. Who are they? What do they want?
Moving Forward (A Story With No Title series book two)
Series: A Story With No Title, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 68,800. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
In this volume, learn more about Erin's struggle with her ex-fiancé Sean and the shock he has in store for her, watch as Bryce begins to discover that burying his past pain and getting over it are totally different things, follow the continuing fiery drama of Ginger and Desmond, take a small step into the supernatural, and feel Marie's excited trepidation as Jesse refuses to give up chasing her.
Beginning Again (A Story With No Title series book one)
Series: A Story With No Title, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 70,480. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Erin struggles after finding her fiancé and best friend in bed together. She abandons her hometown, meets Bryce, and they discover their pasts are similar. Bryce thinks he has gotten over his ex-wife leaving him with their daughter, and he wants to help Erin recover.
Guardian Angel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,220. Language: American English. Published: December 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hometown ladies' man, Jesse, meets newcomer, Annie, and inadvertently falls in love while saving her through a series of near-tragic events.