Interview with Erica Stevens

Published 2018-07-05.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I would write short stories and plays for my friends to act out. I wrote my first book, Take Over, when I was nine. It was a story about my friends and I fighting off aliens that had invaded our neighborhood. The second book in The Ravening Series is named after it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had tried the traditional publishing route of querying agents for years with no luck. I was beginning to grow disheartened when I finally decided to listen to my husband. He had been urging me for a couple of years to try self publishing. I'm grateful and happy everyday that I took his advice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've learned a lot through smashwords about marketing and how to make my book more appealing. I read through all the blogs and I have taken a lot of the advice that Mark gives. It has really helped me learn about the Indy publishing world. It has also helped to keep me updated on a lot of the events and current affairs involving this business. I also used Mark's list for my cover designs and formatting.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just absolutely love creating my own world and bringing to life these characters that no one has ever heard of before, including myself. To me, there's nothing better than writing chapter one and realizing that there are countless opportunities and adventures just waiting to come to life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They're great. They make me laugh and smile. If I'm having a bad day, there's someone out there that is guaranteed to brighten it. I never dreamed so many people would love these characters as much as I do, and they mean the world to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a witch series and I'm hoping to release the first book in December.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read and enjoy doing puzzles. I love plants and nature, working in the yard, and going for walks. I spend a lot of time in my barn with my horse, dog, and cat. When it's nice out, I write in the barn.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If the excerpt sounds like something I'd be interested in, I read the first chapter, and if I like it, I buy it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. Action, romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, thriller, suspense. If it sounds interesting to me, I'll read it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my time in between Massachusetts and New York when I was growing up. I met a lot of different people and they really helped me to see how different everyone is, and how interesting they can all be. I think this helps me create characters with their own personalities and quirks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband, family, friends, fans, writing, dog, cat, horse, and the baby we're expecting in October.
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