Today is Friday and that means it's time for an interview with another interesting and talented author! My guest today is Erin Bevan and she's here to talk about her new holiday release, among other things. Please welcome Erin Bevan!
Where did you get the idea for your new novel, WRAPPED UP IN YOU?
I’m not really sure. I remember reading a Christmas story and it got me in the spirit of writing my own Christmas story. I then basically combined The Santa Claus
with The Selection
and came up with a new and different twist to the North Pole!
Why did you choose this genre?
This Christmas story falls more in the line of sweet romance. Honestly, I wanted to give them a little something extra in the end, but my editor cut the scene. So, my somewhat spicy turned to more on the sweeter side. I’m okay with that. Maybe now, Hallmark will come knocking on my door! I could only wish.
Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book you’d like to share?
Maybe not unusual, but I did recruit the help of my daughter when I envisioned the North Pole. She told me the North Pole would have trees with jewels on it. So, I added trees with jewels.
That's very sweet, Erin! What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
My pilot has amnesia. That was very difficult. I would forget he couldn’t remember things. There were many rewrites of him rejoicing over recalling memories.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I procrastinate. Oh, but I don’t think that is very unusual for a writer.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read WRAPPED UP IN YOU?
I just want them to come away with a light, feel-good kind of feeling.
What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?
Something in the paranormal realm. Paranormal would expand my mind and my muse for sure.
If you could change something about one of your books that’s already released, what would it be?
I would change Cupid’s Angels
. I would make Ellie’s reason for dating Robert much stronger. I know what the reason would be, but I won’t tell you. When I get the book back in a few years, I will make the changes, however, I don’t want to give it away!
Do you work on more than one book at a time?
Yes. Not always because I want to, but because I have to. I finish one book, send it off, then start on another one. In the middle of book two, my editor will send me revisions for book one, and so on. I’ve had up to three projects going at once. I don’t do well with that. I like one thing at a time, but that never happens.
Do you have any words of advice to beginning writers?
Absolutely do not stop. No one wins by quitting. Ever.
Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing?
I live in the Houston area. I’ve been writing for five years now, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. If I can help it at least.
If writing is your first passion, what is your second?
I’m not really sure. Probably shopping!
Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it? Does it help you with your writing?
I’m a mother. I have three small children, and they keep my extremely busy. Most people think working is hard. Stay home with children. Hardest job ever! But, my kids do give me inspiration for my stories. And they help keep things real.
I remember those days, Erin. A very tough job! How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?
I don’t. I wing this each and every day and pray I don’t look like a total phony.
If you could get rid of something in your life that would give you more writing time, what would it be?
What are your hobbies away from the computer?
Working out, shopping, eating. I do love eating. Driving through the Starbucks drive thru, or any drive thru for that matter.
Name two authors we might find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Lori Wilde, Mary Kay Andrews
How can readers reach you or find you online?
Tell us a little about your current work in progress.
I’m working on something very different from sweet Christmas romance! I’m working on a biker club sequel. Hard men, big Harley’s, need I say more?
What’s your tagline? Why did you choose it?
Author of Women’s Romance
I chose it because it’s pretty vague. I write for women. Sometimes I write sweet, and sometimes I write not so sweet.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
. It’s probably the best written so far, and it walks the line of sweet and steamy. Some of my books are very sweet. In the future some will be steamy. I want readers aware of that.
Tell us a little more about your current release.
WRAPPED UP IN YOU released on November 30. It’s a sweet Christmas romance about the North Pole. Santa’s daughter, and an amnesiac pilot.
Is there anything we haven’t covered here that you’d like to tell readers?
I love to laugh, I love to have a good time, and I love when people engage with me on my Facebook author page. So, go, please like me!
Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station, flipping burgers and making milkshakes, dreaming of the day when something better would come her way.
Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea, while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language, she turned to books for friendship. After reading several in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.
That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in her inbox was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time. She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance.
Blurb for WRAPPED UP IN YOU:
Princess Jenny Claus has thirty suitors to choose from to take on the role of Santa and her husband, and only three weeks to do it. When an outsider crashes into and destroys the toy factory, her Gala and the prospect of Christmas for children everywhere are ruined.
Logan Moss awakens from his plane crash, suffering from partial amnesia. Surrounded by a world he always considered make believe, he has a hard time accepting his new surroundings. Except for one snow princess who he’s deeply fascinated with. And when Logan realizes she only has three weeks to pick a husband, he begins to feel compelled to be that man. Problem is, he can’t remember if he has a wife.
With Christmas getting closer, Jenny has to make the hardest decision of her life...duty or love.
She gazed over the rest of his physique. Broad shoulders strained the stitches of his suit jacket, and from the looks of his chest, she would be willing to bet he hit North Pole Fitness on a daily basis. His grin showed snow-white, straight teeth, and a blush crept up her cheeks at his sparkling, undivided attention.
An answered prayer. At least God hadn’t taken a vacation day.
Her eye twitched again. Benigan must have thought she winked at him because his smile widened, and he twitched his eye back at her as he strolled away. She’d probably just filled the man with false hope. Then again, his chances seemed pretty great compared to the others, so maybe she hadn’t. Was this small flutter in her stomach love? Was this what all the hype was about?
She’d expected a bolt of lightning to shoot from the sky, something earth shattering that would flip her whole world on its head to point her in the right direction. So far, all she got was a flutter…
A loud BOOM suddenly shook throughout the cottage walls as the lights flickered overhead.
Okay, that was definitely earth shattering.
She sucked in a breath and spun around to glance at her parents. The orchestra stopped playing while the party guests ceased their mingling and began speaking in startled cries and hushed tones.
Her father stood from his white and gold throne to place his hand on the small of her back.
“Dad, what do you think that was?” she whispered.
“I don’t know.”
Sirens wailed in the distance as Peace and Joy, her father’s assistants, ran for the stage, each pressing a finger to their ear pieces.
“Ladies, what’s wrong? What’s happening?” her father asked.
“It’s the toy factory, sir,” Peace replied, nearly breathless.
“The toy factory? What about the toy factory?” Jenny grabbed her father’s arm and squeezed.
“A plane has crashed into it,” Joy answered. “It’s on fire.”
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