I have Erika Scott visiting today, and she’s talking about her recent vampire release, Chalice.
Ericka Scott is a multi-published best-selling author of seductive suspense. She’s written stories for as long as she can remember and reads anything under the sun (including the back of cereal boxes in a pinch). She got hooked on romantic suspense in her college days, when reading anything but a textbook was a guilty pleasure. Now, when she’s not chauffeuring children around, wishing she had a maid, or lurking at the library, she’s spinning her own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense.
She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.
Here’s a little about Chalice:
The Vampire Oracle: Chalice
Reclusive vampire Sapphire McKenzie lives in her penthouse apartment with fortress-like security run by her AI computer, Van. She’s been hailed as the greatest armchair detective since Mycroft Holmes and has solved every case she’s ever been asked to investigate – and even some she hasn’t.
Her ex-lover, Drake Chastain, is a retired basketball star living off his fame and fortune until women he’s dated begin disappearing, then reappearing…dead.. With Drake framed for murder, Sapphire has to leave behind the safety of her home to save the man she loves…or die trying.
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Chalice sounds great, doesn’t it? A vampire detective story. Ericka also answered a few questions for me:
In which of your books is the heroine most like yourself?
Unfortunately, none of them. They are all thinner, prettier, and richer than I am. Thus, I have to live vicariously through my characters.
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
I think inspiration is all around us if only we open ourselves up to it. Stud Finders Incorporated came into being because I walked into my friend’s house and saw a little black stud finder machine sitting on her kitchen bench. A Handyman’s Best tool was the result of a leak in my living room ceiling during a summer downpour. The simplest things can trigger a story.
Then there’s the dreams. Lol I often dream up story ideas. My husband has gotten used to me jumping out of bed in the middle of the night because I had a dream that just had to be written down.
Pantzer or Plotter?
I must have tried out and discarded a dozen methods for writing a novel until I stumbled upon the method that works for me. I plot out the story and then begin writing. Usually along the way, the story veers off from my plotted outline and I wing it from there. So, I’m a plotter to begin with and a pantzer when needed.
What’s your writing schedule like?
Schedule? I’m a stay-at-home mom with a teenager and two preschoolers (although one of the boys is going to kindergarten this fall. Yippee!). I’m lucky if I get an hour or two a day to write, so I have to make the most of it.
What does your writing space look like?
My computer is in a hutch in the family room. I’m surrounded by noise and available to all. Sigh. I dream of one day having an office, but until then, I’ll wear my headphones.
What does your family think about you writing erotic romance?
My husband is incredibly supportive. His mother is my biggest fan. As for my family, I think I would die if my mother ever found out I write erotic romance!
All the best with your new release, Ericka, and thanks for visiting!