Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Q & A with author Erin McCauley


I'm delighted to have my friend Erin McCauley on the blog today. Thanks for being here today, Erin. Would you please share a short bio about yourself?

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, but as a military wife, I was able to experience the beauty of Alaska, the tundra of Iceland, and the warmth of North Carolina and California, and am able to use all of these locations in my writing. In the years that followed, I worked as a Bank Officer, and a Regional Sales Manager for a local winery, before settling down to work towards my dream of being a writer.  

 
I’m an active soccer mom, who spends hours in my car driving my little jock around. I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my three children and my dedicated writing partner, Maxx, a three pound Yorkie who never leaves my side.

Do you consider yourself a shy and/or introverted person?

Not at all, but I used to be. Anyone who knows me now doesn’t believe me. But we all have our moments of insecurity.


What’s the hardest part of this business for you? 

After the constant rejections and “we loved it, but” aspect?  It is the actual business part itself. Did I sign with the right publisher? Did I miss anything in my contract? Am I on the right media sights, am I marketing myself correctly? For me personally, I wanted to write a fabulous book, have it become an overnight success and hire a wise assistant to do the rest. Well, it doesn’t happen like that (unfortunately) and I’ve had to, and still have to, figure the rest out as I go. Thank goodness I have so many wonderful author friends to hold my hand and guide me a bit.

Tell me about a time that you had to step outside your comfort zone either in your writing career or in your personal life?

To be honest, it was my first book signing. I’m not shy, so you’d think it would be easy, but it wasn’t. I was nervous, afraid I would throw up. What if they all walked past my table? What if I couldn’t talk to anyone, or answer their questions with any sort of intelligence? I could picture myself being asked “what’s your book about?" and my having to excuse myself to go be sick in private - Or worse, totally not remembering. I made it through, so here’s hoping the next one is a bit more comfortable.

What’s one tip you could share with shy and introverted people that’s helped you?

When it comes to your craft, you have to believe in yourself and your work. Shy or not, if you project any sign of confidence it will shine through to people, whether agents, editors, other authors or readers. In knowing your story, or your craft, it will project itself as confidence and allow you to be more open when discussing it with others. You know how excited you get when you talk about your latest WIP, or a book you just finished reading, or a great movie? Harness that excitement when you need to slip out of your shyness for a while. Excitement is contagious.

Would you please share a short blurb of your book and where my readers can buy it? 
THE CONFESSION: 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, and watching woman after woman claim to be Emily’s ‘long lost daughter’ in an effort to be her sole heir, he trusts no one and 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?   


The confession is available on






Where can my readers find you on the web?

 
http://Erinmccauley.com


Thanks so much for coming on today, Erin!
Wishing you many, many sales!


10 comments:

  1. Great interview! I especially loved your tip about harnessing the excitement factor for helping to get beyond a natural shyness--and I'm so glad your first signing was a success! Here's to many more books published and many more fabulous signings in your future, Erin.

    :)
    Chantilly White

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  2. Thank you Chantilly! The Confession is book one in my trilogy. Book two, The Truth, will be released in December, so I'm thrilled to have more on their way :)

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  3. Hey Erin, thanks so much for coming on today. :) I hear you about the book signings. I don't mind the big, group ones. But put me in a signing by myself or with just 1-2 other people...shoot me now.

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  4. You were great at your first signing! You had the biggest smile on your face. Your dreams are actually coming true, and your loved ones are supporting you. This was a great interview and you have many more interviews coming your way! I am very proud of you mom. Congrats! Love you.

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  5. You an introvert...yeah right!LOL Love ya girl, great blog. Tammy

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  6. Becky, thank you so much for inviting me. I always laughed when you said you were shy, I just don't see it, but that could be because you can't get a word in when you're speaking to me!

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  7. Jennifer and Tammy, thank you both for dropping by and for your endless support over the years :)

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  8. Congratulations on your release, Erin. It sounds like a terrific book and I can't wait to read it. I'm a shy person, for the most part, and you gave me some great tips. Thanks!

    Diana

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  9. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! Congrats.

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  10. Having held the hand of many author friends as book signings, I understand the terror, especially since most writers really are introverts (which is why we "talk" to our characters a lot more than other "people".). Thanks for being brave enough to share your angst with us all! And you were a lovely, glowing lady at the signing!!!!

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