Interview with Lu Erickson

What are you working on next?
Right now I'm very excited to be doing the finishing edits on a psychological drama called Thieves. Here's the short synopsis:

To the Sacramento art community, the handsome Albert Metzer is the successful owner of a cutting edge gallery. But beneath Albert's sophisticated exterior lies a broken, tortured mind held captive by his abusive father's dying wish.

With his inheritance, Albert buys a timeworn Italianate building in downtown Sacramento that hides a secret—a portion of the city's abandoned underground lies beneath its floorboards. Albert converts the underground space into a hidden gallery and enlists Jerry, a mentally compromised homeless vet, to commit a crime that shakes the art world from San Francisco to New York.

But soon the threads of Albert's perfect crime begin to unravel. Albert's unfounded doubts about Jerry's loyalty, a conniving and manipulative girlfriend, and the dogged pursuit by a criminal investigator threaten Albert's sanity. To what lengths will he go to fulfill promises made to the dead?
What do your readers mean to you?
Writing a story is only half of the process. When someone reads the story, they complete the creative circle. It gives me so much joy when someone tells me that something I've written has made them laugh or cry or touched them in some way. When I published Where the Hell is Myra Atkins?, of course my friends and family stepped up to read it (they had to because they love me). But when a person whom I didn't know told me they loved the book. I hugged them! I couldn't stop myself. She did look a little taken aback, and I've since tried to rein in my show of gratitude in subsequent encounters so as not to frighten my readers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Oh my goodness, I guess looking forward to that morning cup of tea with my husband and my dog Rosie (she's not a tea drinker, but she does like to sit at my feet while I'm sipping. We keep her in the kitchen at night, so each morning she acts like she hasn't seen us in years, whining and jumping and racing around. We should all be like dogs, I think, who greet each day filled with the sheer joy of being alive.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, of course! I'm reading a fun Flavia De Luce mystery by Alan Bradley right now. I love spending time with family and friends, too. I've been blessed with knowing the most caring and interesting people. Of course, there're some stinkers out there, too, but I try not to think about them. I like spending time in the garden, and I recently signed up for a painting class in fall that I'm looking forward to.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was a story for my daughter who was 5 years old at the time called "Bunn Bunn and Little Beep" (Bunn Bunn was the name of her favorite stuffed animal). Fortunately, she was a pretty easy audience. I showed the story to a writer friend who encouraged me to keep going, and I've been writing ever since.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on a Nook, but I'm still most comfortable with a print book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sacramento, CA. It's the capital city and is located at the confluence of two great rivers, the Sacramento and the American. It's grown ten-fold since I was a little girl, but still clings to its small town roots. I've written two novels set in Sacramento because of its rich gold rush history and interesting present. I think I have a few more stories waiting to be written inspired by my home town.
When did you first start writing?
I didn't start writing fiction until I hit forty. I started with a children's story and moved on to novels. Writing is now my passion, my sanity and my frustration!
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was a girl, I loved Saturday afternoon television. Saturday morning cartoons were great, but in the afternoon, the networks would broadcast what have now become classic movies. I was mad for the swashbucklers. The Spanish Main with Maureen O'Hara and Paul Henreid, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood with Errol Flynn, The Vikings with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis--these films filled me with vicarious excitement as I, curled up safe and cozy on my living room sofa, delighted in romantic pirate adventures or tales of sword-wielding knights and their ladies fighting for an honorable cause. Oh, to be living a life in sweet jeopardy.

These stories inspired me to write Of Mist and Shadow, my take on a medieval adventure of passion and honor, with a little pride and prejudice thrown in for good measure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating, living with my characters, and watching them grow over the course of the story are my greatest joys in writing. Also discovering a way out of a corner I've written myself into is writing bliss.
Published 2015-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Of Mist and Shadow
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,700. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
A medieval adventure filled with noble hearts, dark deeds, and a love too deep to be denied . . . Gwendolyn Greyson's life is about to change in unimaginable ways. Her beloved father has recently died and rebel knights threaten her home. Into this confusion rides the dashing Aidan Blakeslee, and Gwen soon discovers that the true threat Aidan poses is not to her property but to her heart.