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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Author Interview – Stephanie Erickson



Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?  Yes!  My husband is a corporate pilot, just like Gary – the main character.  Additionally we live in Florida, and the town Molly lives in is based on the city where I went to college. And there are a lot of other little things I took from my life that made their way into the book.  I think most writers do that in some form or another.

What are your goals as a writer? Eventually, I’d like to write full time.  It would be great to make it to the NYT bestseller list, but I’d be happy just making enough to put my little girl through college without loans!

Who is your publisher? I self published The Blackout on Amazon, and am hoping to get it on Nook soon!

What was the hardest part about writing this book? Sticking with it!  I got the idea for my next book when I was half way through this one, and I really wanted to put it down and start writing the new book.  But, my husband helped me stay focused!

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Finishing!  It’s easy to start.  Anyone can say you’re writing a novel or you’re going to be a writer.  The hard part is actually doing it.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?  I learned a lot from writing this book.  I think the biggest thing was the importance of marketing.  It’s a tremendous amount of work to write a book.  You think you’re done when the writing’s done, but that’s not true.  You have to pound the pavement with it if you want it to succeed.

The world is thrust into darkness and silence, but no one knows why.

Molly is an English professor at a local liberal arts college when the world suddenly goes dark. Her husband, Gary, is a corporate pilot on the other side of the country. Grounded by what appears to be a catastrophic power outage, he has no way to communicate with his wife, let alone get home to her.

Not knowing whether her husband is alive or dead, Molly struggles to adapt to her new environment: without power, running water, transportation, a stable food supply, or any long-distance means of communication. Without knowing the cause of the outage, Gary must decide whether to wait for things to go back to normal, or to make the long and dangerous journey home on foot. Both must learn to survive after the Blackout.

If you liked Alas, Babylon you’ll love The Blackout!

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Adult Fiction / Contemporary

Rating – PG13 (some strong language)

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Website http://stephanieerickson.weebly.com/


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