Welcome to my friend and debut author, Erin McCauley. I met Erin when I attended a writing conference. We sat next to each other at a dinner and really hit it off. It was so fun talking writing with someone who had as much passion for creating characters as I do!
I was thrilled to hear she’d sold the book she’d been shopping around and invited her to come and share a little bit about herself. Jaunty was unavailable to do an interview so I came up with some questions of my own (to help us get to know Erin a little better). You can also find out more about her at her website: www.erinmccauley.com
Tell us, Erin, what makes you laugh?
I laugh at myself a lot. I’m kind of a dork. I laugh at my kids even more. They have my dork gene, and the most outrageous sense of humor. They almost have their own language and they are always cracking everyone up around them.
What single piece of technology makes your life easier?
It’s a toss-up between my laptop and my smart phone. I have started to think of them as a life support system. Without them, I’m a goner!
What do you miss from your childhood?
The innocence. That carefree feeling you had when you didn’t have bills, deadlines, dinner to cook, laundry to wash. I would love to have that feeling again, even for a day.
What is the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?’
Introduced me to the real writing world! I did it all backwards. I wrote a book, thought it was fabulous, searched out agents and submitted. For some reason, nobody wanted to make me the next New York Times bestselling author. My dear friend Tammy, who I met when our girls played on the same soccer team, was also writing. She, however, belonged to writers groups, a critique group, and was taking workshops, really working on the craft. She brought me into her critique group and it was a huge turning point for me.
If you had it to do over again what would you study in school?
I’d study in school. :) Seriously, I wish I would have taken more business classes. There is a lot to being self- employed as an author. I have a financial background, so I get by relatively well, but I wish it was all second nature. I would also take more English classes. It’s amazing how many rules you forget over the years, about punctuation, adverbs, all of the things you should know as a writer.
What musical instruments do you wish you could play?
The piano. It is just so beautiful, and elegant, and it seems like it would be such a nice way to relax for a while. Just you and the music.
If you could live in any other country for 2 years, what country would it be?
It would Italy. I can picture myself walking the cobblestone roads, sipping a cappuccino and eating a croissant and stopping for a gelato before heading back to my villa and writing on the deck overlooking the quaint countryside.
Oh, or maybe a villa in Tuscany… or a flat in Paris. There are so many places I want to experience.
Now that we know a bit about you, let’s talk about your book “The Confession.”
What do you especially like about your hero or heroine?
There is so much I love about my heroine. Aimee is strong, independent, talented, and self-reliant, but beneath the surface she is still looking for acceptance. I think there’s a little of that in all of us. She is honest to a fault, and always wants the best for others, but easily gets trapped in a small lie that grows out of control. I love the friendship she has with her best friend Luther. In that, I can tell I pulled a lot from my own friendships. Sarcastic, honest, and supportive- the type of friends we want, and therefore have to be.
Now Mark, my hero, is someone I’d want to be with. I think that’s the best part of being an author, you can create the perfect man, still knowing he’s far from perfect as we all are. He’s sexy, and good with his hands (of course J) but he’s protective, dedicated, and loyal. Whatever you do, don’t lie to him. He’s full of passion, but that also applies to his temper. The one thing you come to love the most about Mark, is once he loves you, he loves you completely. Who doesn’t want that?
Sounds like a fabulous book Erin! You can find out more about this book or purchase it at:
A confession turns successful handbag designer, Aimee Morrison’s world upside down and lands her on the doorstep of Emily Sinclair, the woman who could possibly be her birth mother. In a case of mistaken identity, she impulsively accepts a job as her personal assistant. To complicate matters, she falls in love with Marcus Lee, a sexy, moody, damaged man who believes all women are incapable of telling the truth.
Marcus Lee has spent most of his life on the Sinclair estate, having lived there with his mother as a child, and returning after college to pursue his dream of becoming a writer and assume the role of estate caretaker. Growing up with the memory of his father’s betrayal, and his mother’s emotional isolation, he’s learned to trust no one. Watching woman after woman claim to be Emily’s ‘long lost daughter’ in an effort to be her sole heir, he also believes everyone has a hidden agenda. Upon meeting Aimee, he is surprised by his strong physical attraction to her, and even as he begins to fall in love, he knows she’s keeping secrets.
Tangled in her own deceptions, will Aimee lose everything she loves once the truth is revealed?
Want to win a copy???
Everyone who either answers one of the questions I posed to Erin (so we can get to know YOU better) “or” tells us your favorite fictional couple will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of her book, THE CONFESSION.
The winner will be posted by 2pm on Sunday!!