Hi, and welcome to The Romantic Journey! We’re a bunch of romance writers from different genres who aim to entertain. That’s pretty much it. So long as someone’s having fun, our work here is done.
So where do I fit into this? I’m Erica Hayes, the urban fantasy author, the dark and sulky one from That Other Genre. I do kick-ass heroines, dark and sexy heroes, darker and even sexier villains who might grudgingly become the hero if you happen to catch them on a good day. Vampires, fairies, incubi and demons, spriggans and banshees and all manner of creepy things. Yes. If you’re not having fun after that, then you’re probably dead. Or undead. Or just not feeling very well.
My first book, SHADOWFAE, is coming out next week. Yes, that clanging sound you hear is me doing the happy dance, all the way from Australia. I got my first copies in the mail this very day, and they look so very pretty and precious… Anyway. October 13. Just in time for Halloween. Brrr. Appropriate, seeing as the book’s about a succubus trying to break hell’s thrall. I’ll be back here next week giving away a free copy (yay! free books!) and I’ll tell you more about it then.
So, ahead with the random facts about me. We like random facts at The Romantic Journey. They’re good for inspiration, and snacks.
Representation: I’m represented by Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary, who is Agent Awesome and should be preserved in amber. Once I’m done with her.
A book I never tire of re-reading: a little gem called The Company by Arabella Edge. It’s a true crime story about a sociopath who gets shipwrecked off the West Australian coast in 1628. Most likely our first serial killer. It’s written in first person, and it is some seriously creepy stuff. Also Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite. Brilliant. Go read it now.
When did I realise I needed to write? Well, I don’t need to, as such. It’s just that if I don’t, I get cranky and bitchy and start sharpening knives, and singing. No one wants that.
The first story I completed that I was really proud of? My first ever completed novel manuscript was a high fantasy tale, set in a dark arctic city where a dissociative murderer falls in love with a nun. And no, you can’t read it :)
Do I write something other than romantic fiction? Blog posts. Shopping lists. Pretty much everything else I do has a romance in it. Sometimes, even the shopping gets some lurve.
What do I do when I’m not writing? I play the oboe, in a not-totally-awful kind of way. I read. Sometimes I sleep.
The worst job I ever had? Oh, that’s easy. I was one of those annoying happy people who call you while you’re trying to eat dinner, and beg for charity donations. I hated that job. It’s true that they ring at that time on purpose, you know. My hours were 4pm to 8 pm weekdays. I felt like a limpwit the whole time, and I wasn’t sorry when they didn’t hire me for another campaign.
And now, the important stuff.
Comic books. Batman or Superman? Batman. Love the bat. Christian Bale doesn’t hurt, either.
Supernatural. Sam or Dean? Sam. Oh, gosh, yes. Sam for me.
Zombies or vampires? Both, if I can get them :) but if I have to choose… vampires. Fewer attrition issues.
Twilight. Edward or Jacob? Snort. Who cares? But pretty much anyone gets my vote over Edward :)
So, anyone out there on Team Edward? Want to try convincing me to switch to Dean? Think Superman would kick Batman’s butt? Comments are open. The challenge is on…