Author: Erin Mc Fadden
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Fantasy
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
The Brotherhood of the Guardians has existed for thousands of years to serve a single purpose: the protection of Talents, the mortal descendants of the original nine Muses.
Twenty-one year-old Daniel Lyoncourt has trained his entire life to join the Guardians. Daniel is prepared to risk his life in order to keep his Talent safe, but when he's assigned to nineteen year-old Anna Saint-James, he discovers that his life isn't the only thing he could lose. Anna has no idea how special she is and knows nothing about her abilities. He must teach her to control her gifts, keep her safe, and hope that he can find a place in her life as something more than just her bodyguard.
All power comes at a price. Like all Talents, Anna must one day make a choice: lose all of her powers, or ascend to a higher plane, leaving behind everyone she loves.
You see, the price of being a Talent is that one day they must make a choice; remain in the mortal world and lose the abilities that have defined their existence, or ascend to the Realm of Influence. I have no idea what happens then, it's never been shared with us. We are the ones left behind, because in the entire history of the Guardians, a Talent has never chosen to remain mortal.
Erin McFadden lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and their various pets. When not writing, she enjoys reading, doing craft projects, and spending time with family. Erin works in law enforcement and has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and criminology from Ball State University.
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I am please to share that Erin agreed to share a little more about herself with the readers. Let's jump right into her interview.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always told myself stories and enjoyed writing in general, but I never considered writing a book until after my daughter was born. I started feeling like I was defined by my husband, daughter, and job rather than by any of my own accomplishments. I needed something that was my own. One day, I sat down and just started typing. My ambition sort of grew from there!
How long did it take you to write your book?
Muse was my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project for 2012. I’d never participated before, but decided to wing it a few days into November. To my surprise, I actually passed the 50,000 word mark on November 28, (my birthday!) and the rough draft of Muse was born. I spent the next several months revising and polishing before sending it off to an editor.
What genre is your book? What made you choose to write in that category?
Muse is a young adult contemporary fantasy. I’m naturally drawn to paranormal and fantasy stories because I enjoy the magic and escapism. I love tales that blend reality with fantastic elements that leave you wondering, what if?
What was your work schedule like when you were writing?
I work full time in law enforcement, typically at night.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I do the vast majority of my writing in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep. I also firmly believe that eating a fudge bar helps my writing, but that might be a subconscious excuse to eat chocolate ice cream!
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Most of my ideas come from dreams I’ve had. I’ll wake up from a particularly vivid dream and dash for a computer to try to write out notes before it slips away. The best ones seem to stick with me, but the notes certainly help.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Muse is my first published novel. I have a few others that are unfinished, or that I was unsatisfied for one reason or another. Obviously, Muse is my favorite right now, but I have two in progress that I’m really excited about.
Are you currently working on another book? If so, is it part of a series or something different?
I’m currently working on Talent, book two in the Descended from Myth series. I also have an unrelated book titled Whimper that I’m working on. Whimper is more of a New Adult science fiction dealing with a new viral strain that threatens to wipe out the under forty age group as it spreads chaos. It was inspired by the T.S. Elliot poem, The Hollow Men. “This is the way the world ends/ Not with a bang but a whimper”
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I enjoy baking and making craft projects with my little girl, and occasionally sneaking in a date night with my husband.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family has been very encouraging! I was so touched by how excited they were about my book’s release and by all the help they’ve offered.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?
It’s very hard for me to “brag” about myself and my accomplishments so I’ve been forced to take a big step outside my comfort zone in order to promote my book. I’d still feel better hiding behind the book cover, but I’m learning to reach out and ask for help while putting myself forward a bit more.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?
It is so tempting to try to write whatever is “hot” right now, but I believe it’s always better to work on stories that are true to your own vision and style.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’m just starting to get reviews and messages from readers. A few readers have told me that they have a really hard time getting into or finishing books, or that they don’t typically lose themselves in a novel, but that they loved Muse and it inspired them to read more. If I can inspire a love of reading in anyone, that’s a pretty huge compliment.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think that’s a different answer for everyone. For me, if a book can make me experience a character’s emotions, to feel as if I’m part of the story instead of just an observer then it’s very good.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian for most of my childhood and into college. Unfortunately, I am horrible at chemistry and ended up having to come up with a new life plan. I still love working with animals.
Are you self-published or do you have a publisher? If self-published, what made you decide to go that route?
I am self-published. I was offered a publishing contract that I ultimately rejected. It was a difficult decision that was only made after a lot of research and after talking to a lot of authors and people with far more experience in publishing than I had.
Do you have a website, fan page, blog or twitter we can pass on to your fans?
Erin McFadden https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erin-McFadden/578999152122792?ref=hl
Muse page: https://www.facebook.com/NovelMUSE
Where can your books be found?
Muse is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as Smashwords.
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