Kat's Blog

Kat's Blog

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bashing Up The Summer

It's really getting hot here. So what better way to beat the heat than with Erin Albert. Hi Erin and welcome to the bash.:-)

01: What is the first story you’ve published. Tell us a little bit about it.

The Prophecy will be my first published novel.  It’s the story of a young woman kidnapped by a group of religious zealots and proclaimed the fulfillment of a long-awaited peace prophecy. 

02: What inspired the story?

The idea for the story literally came out of nowhere while I watched a movie one night. I would say the two main inspirations are Game of Thrones and Arthurian legend. 

03: Do you have a writing process? If so what is it?

When I have an idea, I write the story itself as fast as I can.  My characters demand to have their story told and keep me restless until it’s all been written down.  After that, I go through and agonize over grammar, sentence structure, and word choices.  The longest, hardest part is the editing. 

04: What do you currently have in the works? Give us a small preview.

I am always working on something.  Right now, I am revising the sequel to The Prophecy (working title--The Outlanders).  I wrote the whole trilogy at once, but I made some changes to The Prophecy that now must be filtered down to the other two.  I’m also putting the finishing touches on a speculative fiction short story to enter into a contest.  And finally, I’m in the process of revising a futuristic thriller tentatively called Number 25598.  Like The Prophecy’s sequel, it’s already written, but I’m doing some major rewrites. 

Teaser line from Number 25598: “Her fake human body didn’t look nearly as believable as Ryder’s, but it would have to suffice.” 

05: Who are some of your favorite authors?

Since I write YA, I read a lot of YA.  I enjoy the works of Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Mary Waibel, Meradeth Houston, Michelle Pickett, Victoria Schwab, Victoria Scott, CJ Redwine, Carrie Jones, and Bree Despain.

06: Do you have one author in particular who inspired your writing career? Who and why?

I have wanted to be an author since childhood, so I guess my favorite childhood authors influenced me—Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, EB White. 

07: Are your stories based on real events or people?

No, but there is a loose correlation to Arthurian legend. 

08: How much research goes into your work?

Depends on the work.  My unpublished historical fiction novel required three years of research because I wanted the story to be exactly right.

09: Have you ever killed off a character based on someone real? If so why?

Haha!  No.    But I’m not saying I wouldn’t…  ;)

10: If you could visit any period in history, what time would you go to? Why?

I would visit Shakespearean England.  I ADORE Shakespeare.  In this fantasy, I travel back in time and meet him.  We spend all day talking and people-watching together.  My Shakespeare professor in college told me Shakespeare must have been an excellent people watcher because he so accurately understood people’s motivations. 

11: If you could gather any three people in the world, living or dead together, whom would you want to meet and talk with?

Shakespeare (I’m going for a record of how many times I can mention his name—LOL), Val Kilmer (my lifelong crush), and Anne Boleyn. 

12: What do you do for fun when you aren’t busy writing?

I enjoy reading, boxing/kickboxing, watching TV, and running.

13: What is the one thing people believe about writers that upsets you?

That it’s easy.  LOL! 

14: Is there any genre you haven’t written that you’d like to try your hand at?

Historical fiction, middle grade, and chick lit.

15: If you were independently wealthy what is the one place on Earth you’d most like to visit? Why?

Hawaii…beach, waterfalls, and no snakes.  Paradise!!  ;)

16: What is your favorite color?  Blue, like my eyes

17: What is your favorite food?  Nachos

18: What is your favorite movie?  That’s a hard one… Tombstone

19: What is your favorite TV show?  Game of Thrones

20: What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas


Erin Albert said...

Thank you so much for hosting me!!

Erin Albert said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Meradeth Houston said...

A day people watching with Shakespeare would possibly be the most epic thing ever! :) And thanks so much for the shout-out--my name doesn't fit with those other awesome writers, but it made my heart do a little happy patter! lol!

Krystal Angela Azucena said...

Erin I would love to read your historic fiction that is my favourite kind. Researching is equally tedious and interesting. I have folders full of information I gathered.

You have to take me with you when we go back to the Elizabethan time. The most romantic era from my opinion.

Kudos Kat for a great interview.

Denise said...

Always fun to get a peek at how your mind works Erin! November is almost here! Yay!

Erin Albert said...

Meradeth--You are most welcome to spend the day with Shakespeare and me. We'd have so much fun!!! Your name totally belongs there. You're AH-MAZING!! :)

Krystal--I so adore historical fiction!! I may send it to you. It needs work, so maybe you could help me decide what to keep and what to change. ;) So, we'll have, you, me, Meradeth, and Shakespeare. Oh, we're making a GREAT party now! Woot!!! Definitely a romantic era.

Denise: You're sweet to say "fun" instead of "scary." LOL!! November, come on down!!! LOL! ;)

Jimena Novaro said...

Count me in for the Shakespeare hangout, too! Erin, you're not scary. Adorably odd, maybe, but definitely not scary! Lovely interview. :D I totally agree about the upsetting belief about writers!

Erin Albert said...

Jimena--I'll take adorably odd! ;) Right? People just don't know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making a story!! ;)