|Posted by Jean Brown on February 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM|
My special guest today is an unorthodox word stylist, Eri Nelson. It’s a great pleasure to have the lovely and talented Eri chatting with us today. Thank you so much for joining us.
Eri: Thank you very much for having me. It is an honor to be with you and your readers.
Jean: Please tell us about your work in progress.
Eri: Currently my fingers have me overworking my train of thought into the second coming of Isabella Tulley and Aiden Black. This second in the series, Scent Of Power, comes in the wake of its predecessor Destiny Repeats Twice.
This urban fantasy series is quite different than my DHC, Dearhart Clan Series. Even the writing style I think sways to a different beat than the wolfly howls of the DHC.
Jean: As a fan of your Dearhart Clan series, I have to say I’m looking forward to reading your urban series. Would you mind telling us more about the contrast of the two series and what intrigued you to change some of the style?
Eri: Destiny Repeats Twice, the first in the Isabella (Izzy) Tulley & Aiden Black Series, was the first book I had ever written and sat on shelf for a year. When I had ultimately sat down to write it the premise was to accomplish something at that point I had never done. This being… writing a story more than a couple pages long. As the forty thousand word work sat, I was filled with a satisfaction and had no feelings whatsoever of publishing. However, it was my husband that kept after me about its creation. Eventually his insistences swayed me but not until I had written two other books.
With Destiny Repeats Twice bearing weight on a shelf I had happen upon a call out to authors from a publishing company. This was a branch of Harlequin for their Nocturne categories. They were looking for 15,000 word stories from several authors to go under one jacket cover. I had submitted 10,000 words and was asked for a bit more so with this request Wash, Washington Lee Jefferson, was born and came to life in The Call From Within, book one of the DHC. However, the added depth to the book was not what they were looking for in a story line as well as my unorthodox approach.
The call out was a mere idea or premise if you will for what they were looking for. Although for me it sparked a different story line, outside of Destiny Repeats Twice. It would be hard for me to explain why the stark difference in approach to the separate series for ultimately it is hard for me to explain the workings of my own mind (lol). The distinction between the two was just a train of thought that caught hold of me and demanded my attention.
Jean: So that one request for only five thousand more words set you up for something more epic. That’s very interesting. What inspires or motivates you to write?
Eri: Writing is something that many can claim to have always been doing since pen found its way to paper. And in this thought I am no different.
However, for me motivation comes in the form of a blank screen. The simple reality of knowing that words have no limits moves me to create.
Jean: I find it fascinating that most writers I speak with seem to have that writing gene in them, while very few pick up the pin in their later years. Many writers I connect with tell me they wrote as a child but then became sidetracked by life but returned to what seem natural to them. It sounds as if writing is a very natural process for you.
I love your style in which I also think you let flow naturally. Will you tell us why you consider yourself an unorthodox word stylist?
Eri: Thank you so much. That is truly wonderful to hear.
I take quite a bit of opposition for my style. Many lose themselves to my writing approach or find themselves lost in my twist and turns to words. This part of me often is taken as grammatical errors. In all honesty, I am sure you will find the grammatical mistakes… for I believe in being the truest Indie author possible. Meaning that I do handle every aspect of my work, right down to the covers ,outside the first of my work The Call From Within which was done by artist Richard Roberts, so you may find my oops through the pages based on that fact alone. However, the actual style is the way I approach the words. My bending them to my will is what is taken off handed and seen by stiffer authors as grammatical issues.
In fact sometime ago, another author who deemed it their mission to point out to me my blunders approached me. Claiming that they met no ill will toward me they just wanted to help. They let me know only because of my wrong steps and felt that they personally could not give me a review. I had not asked for one nor asked them to purchase any of my work so the letter came as a shock. So much so that at one point I had actually considered to quit writing.
Although, I resided myself to continue writing I did it now under a disclaimer. This being my letter to readers on my site, profiles, books, and any other place in which readers can see me or my work from.
So now, it is like taking a breath for me to say that I am an unorthodox author who has an unparallel approach to writing.
Jean: Good for you. You know I think your approach to writing is poetic. Some great writers of the past would be deemed grammatically incorrect in the present. How long have you been writing?
Eri: Often what feels like a lifetime. Although professionally it would be the last three years.
Jean: I know what you mean. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to recall times I wasn’t writing. What do you enjoy writing the most?
Eri: Fiction is what feels the most comfortable for me. Course if I were to be more exact I would say… Dark primal paranormal adult fantasies.
Jean: Do you have a set time of day you write or do you just work it into your schedule whenever possible?
Eri: Whenever I am at my desk I have three screens focused in my direction. One for my daily connections, one for my interest (social media) streams, and one for my current work…. This way when the words hit me I will be sure to get them as fast as I can.
Jean: I’m impressed with your multitasking. I try doing the same, but I tend to get sidetracked with one or the other, then lose track of time.
Eri: Oh trust me I am often sidetracked (lol).
Jean: Who is your favorite author and what type of genre do you usually read?
Eri: Typically, I prefer the same genre to read as I write it. Although admittedly I jump fence as often as I can to enjoy an author I have had the pleasure to be introduced to.
As for favorites, this would be a very long list and growing each and every day….
Jean: Oh yes. When you’re marketing your work as an indie author, your’re constantly meeting new interesting authors and the reading list can get very long. What are you reading now?
Eri: Currently I am wondering between a few books… Whenever I have a few minutes I pull my tablet up and stumble through various reader apps to catch a line here and there.
Jean: What are some of your hobbies or passions besides writing?
Eri: When the weather is warmer, I enjoy a good swim in the pool… Course with winter a foot I absorb myself in family as well as our lovely four-footed kids.
Jean: What type of music do you listen to?
Eri: Everything from classical to heavy metal. As is everything in my life it truly depends on my mood….lol
Jean: What is your favorite movie?
Eri: If it has action in it I am sure it is on my top thousand.
Jean: Please tell us more about your writing style.
Eri: My style would be a nightmare to some more structured authors. I write by my shirt tail’s twist and turns, giving words their freedom from starchy endued construction that has in my opinion been forever overly used.
Jean: One of my favorite things about your style is that while your work focuses on paranormal adult, it crosses over into many genres. In the Dearhart Clan series, I felt romance, suspense, mystery, action, and the dynamics of a family.
Eri: That is awesome to hear. Some will find that they cannot get past the erotic and will mislay the more active aspects of the series in the misguided thinking that there is only the sexual points to the read. So I am very overjoyed to take notice that you were able to see what I had hoped to portray through the series.
Jean: What advice would you give if someone told you that he/she would like to write a book?
Eri: Be true to yourself…
Jean: Eri, where can readers go to learn more about you and your work?
Jean: As always, it’s a pleasure chatting with you. Thank you for spending some time with us today. I’m looking forward to reading your new series, and I wish you the best with your further endeavors.
Please scroll down to the end of the interview and read my reviews of Eri's Dearhart Clan series.
Eri: Thank you so much Jean for allowing me this time with you and your readers. There is no greater joy than being able to share a bit of yourself with another.
About the Author:
Eri Nelson born Erica Walcott is a Indie Author and the youngest of three in a family of five. Erica became Eri (airy) from her mother who called her that for as long as she could remember. The short take on her name took on a more solid base with the love of her life and husband, Jeff Nelson.
Together they have been for the past twenty years. Within that time they were able to raise one daughter and endless amount of pets.
Writing is a passion for her and an abundance of never ending joy. Only one thing tops that for Eri... and that is when a reader enjoys the read......
(More on Eri)
Eri Nelson is a nontraditional indie author who manages all areas of her fiction, fantasy, paranormal, action, adventure and sometimes-erotic writing. Eri handles all the groundwork of her books, even the editing. Because of this Eri strives to improve her abilities along with trying to explain to readers her far from traditional sentence structures. However, she will openly admit that typos follow her.
Join Eri and her shadowy side of writing as she takes you along to explore new desire hunger filled worlds where your mind can share in the heat of the read.
Quote from Eri:
“Writing is for me the deepest most purest train of thoughts I have ever encountered……
My name is Eri Nelson and I am, to put it mildly an Indie author. There are many forms of authors but this one suites me accordingly.
Indie for me is a way of handling every aspect yourself. This is what I do in respect to my books. Freedom to control my presence is not the only reason I have chosen to prove an Independent publishing practice. This I would have to say is my unparalleled approach to writing….
The rhythm of my words is the truest measure of my personal reflection. To the most over educated eye, my approach will look like a grammatical collision. Nevertheless, to those who wonder the pages of an exceedingly approached story line, my work might come as a refreshing change of phrase…”
The Call From Within
The Dearheart Clan battles for existence due to the rarity of females ever surviving the excruciating transformation from were to wolf. There is hope for the Dearhearts when Owen, leader of the clan, walks into a diner for breakfast but discovers it will take more than food to satisfy his insatiable appetite. Kristen walks over to take his order when her scent alone sends him into a thirst for physical love he has never experienced…imprinting.
The Call From Within is a hot and steamy story that keeps you turning the page until the end and leaves you wanting more. A great read and a wonderful tale that takes you to a dark place where the light of love and desire will never die.
Double Call From Desire
Double Call From Desire is a sensual fast paced read that will leave you wanting more. I recommend this book and the series to everyone who enjoys dark tales of werewolves with an underlying lust of human flesh.
Owen Dearheart leaves his imprinted mate behind to delve into her past to find answers about her unique ability to unfurl into a werewolf and live through it. He’s confident of her safety during his absence, as members of the pack guard their home, but will his confidence cost him his true love?
Thomas, another Dearheart clan member, sets out to search for one of his kind that has been feeding on humans. The last thing Thomas wants or expects is to find Julia, his imprinted mate. He discovers Jake, Julia’s twin brother is the werewolf who has been feeding on the humans. Jake has no control to resist human blood, even Julia’s. Thomas is forced to destroy Jake in order to protect Julia’s life.
The subplot, as with volume one The Call From Within, keeps you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate what will happen when Wash, a rogue wolf seeking revenge upon Owen for turning him into a werewolf, finally reaches his determined goal – Owen’s demise.
The fast paced action will keep you turning the pages in this intense novel, while the charisma of the characters ignite questions about our own love affairs such as destiny bringing lovers together or what extreme two lovers are willing to go through for each other.