Todd Erickson is a librarian living in Detroit. He was born in Rogers City, Michigan near Lake Huron.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the Northeastern lower peninsula of Michigan. It's practically an additional character in Trying the Knot. My goal was to create the feeling of an actual small town. Everybody knows everybody else's business, and everyone is interconnected in some way or other.
When did you first start writing?
As a teenager I would watch nighttime Soap Operas and religiously plagiarize all the most dramatic scenes and characters in reams of spiral notebooks following my favorite episodes. This was done all at the expense of making friends or having a normal childhood. I started writing Trying the Knot as a senior in college, and I've worked on it periodically through the years.
The Eighties are dead! And maybe a bridesmaid too. At the dawn of the Nineties, six recent college grads reunite for a hometown wedding. On the eve of the ceremony, the bride's stepsister sleeps with the groom and then overdoses on pills. Tying the knot without a hitch? Not likely, for this crew.