Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Erin Thorne. For those of you not yet connected to Erin, let’s learn a little bit about her…
Erin Thorne is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, where she lives with her family. She writes primarily paranormal fiction, and is the author of Diane’s Descent, a supernatural novella set in a rural New York town, as well as Deals Diabolical, a collection of eight spine-tingling tales. In addition, she’s written a book of short stories encompassing science fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural, titled Behind the Wheel. Ms. Thorne is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, a regional organization composed of authors who specialize in horror and dark fiction.
Her work has been featured in Adventures for the Average Woman (now IdeaGems Magazine), Reflections of the End (Author’s Choice Select Anthologies 1), and Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification. She also has a story in the anthology, Willow, Weep No More, released by Tenebris Books.
Welcome Erin! Now let’s delve into the questions. Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
A haunting thrill ride encompassing science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Sounds great! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
If we’re talking about the title story in Behind the Wheel, I don’t think I’d want a specific song. I’d prefer some well-done theme music with dark, industrial undertones.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Francis Ford Coppola has done some incredible work, and I’m sure he’d find a way to inject some excitement and suspense into it. I’d love for Cate Blanchett to play me; she has serious stage presence, and an amazing voice.
I love FFC! He would be awesome directing someone’s life! What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I tend to be a combination of the two. I outline to a certain degree, and when inspiration hits, I go with it. The outline tends to be more of a bare-bones rough draft, often containing phrases that I’d like to place in the finished text. I almost always hand-write the outlines, then refer to them as I’m typing the story.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
I would tell myself to be more assiduous in my writing habits, and to get going on it sooner. I’d also encourage myself to never give up, and to stay true to myself in all situations, not just those pertaining to writing.
Sage advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
There are so many books with which I’ve fallen in love over the years; it would be easier to list three authors that have inspired me. Ray Bradbury’s style touched a chord with me, especially his ability to capture the bittersweet essence of fleeting youth and the magic that can remain. Oscar Wilde wrote several witty, yet touching, pieces, and had a real knack for aesthetic appreciation. Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are imaginative, dark, and haunting, which is why they continue to find new audiences, thus making him an excellent literary role model.
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee.
- Cats or dogs? Cats.
- Snow or sun? Sun.
- Print books or eReader? Print books.
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos, with a generous cup of that melted fake cheese!
- Baked or fried? I’ll eat just about anything that’s been deep-fried, so I’ll go with the latter.
- Candy or chocolate? Both! Except licorice, which I abhor.
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror, with a healthy dose of dry humor thrown in.
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction.
- Classics or Modern? Both; I enjoy the classics more, on the whole, and find many of them to be meticulously well crafted.
- Old World or New World? New World.
- Sweet or spicy? Sweet!
- Comfort or Speed? Usually speed.
Thank you Erin for taking the time to answer my questions!
Now let’s take a look at Behind the Wheel: And Other Stories… Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!
A family discovers who’s really in charge when they buy a car that drives itself. The characters from a well known fairy tale live on after their story is over. A docile species of farm animal transforms into a pack of ruthless creatures, bent on the destruction of humankind. A werewolf stalks a young girl’s backyard. Tiny pets, rescued from certain doom, are not what they seem. Enter a land of fantasy, and learn more about the hidden side of the world you take for granted…