Hi, I’m Erica, and I’m an addict… that is, a romance writer

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.

ShadowfaeMy 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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…


28 Responses to “Hi, I’m Erica, and I’m an addict… that is, a romance writer”

  1. 1 jenroland
    8 October, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Please explain the allure of Sam. I get so frustrated with Sam’s inability to know when he’s being played and his history of poor choices. Yes, I’m a Dean girl, through and through.

    • 8 October, 2009 at 9:54 pm

      There, there, Jen. It’s okay. Come and sit down and have some cookies πŸ™‚

      For me, Dean is just too… clean? Normal? Fine and upstanding? Whereas there’s something that little bit *wrong* with Sam — even way back in series one – and it speaks to that little weirdo inside me. I just love evil Sam, when he gets, like, possessed or whatever. Bwahaha!

      It’s true that he can be a little obtuse every now and then. But for me that’s part of his charm. And then there’s the hair, and that cute pointy nose, and… aww.

      • 3 jenroland
        9 October, 2009 at 5:45 am

        I think I am tainted by my love of Gilmore Girls. I was a Gilmore Girls viewer, and I followed all of Rory’s ex-boyfriends to their new WB shows. Jared Padalecki’s Dean was so young, so it is hard for me to see him as anything other than the little brother. (Not that I’m some crusty old lady, or anything.)

        Jensen Ackles, however, has no such baggage. I never saw him in anything when he was supposed to be a teenager, so he is always a grown-up in my mind. And, after he smoothed out his rough edges from the first few episodes, well, Dean just grew on me.

        The beauty of Supernatural, though, is that both brothers are lovable. This has been the best Apocalypse ever.

  2. 8 October, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Erica πŸ™‚

    CONGRATULATIONS on receiving you first copies of SHADOWFAE today!
    You must be quivering with joy & excitement.
    (and maybe a few “my preciousssss” croons?)
    I love your humour! Thanks for sharing today.
    Love & Best Wishes,

  3. 6 Mel Teshco
    8 October, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Erica,
    My name is Mel…and I’m an addict…ah, writer too !! Oh, wrong session LOL!!!
    I for one can’t wait to read your book – and your next book for that matter. Just add a zombie or two and I’ll be even more entertained

  4. 8 Nicky
    9 October, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Hi Erica,

    Writing is an addiction? I always thought it was just another necessary function. Like breathing.

    Congrats on the imminent arrival of your baby, er, book that is.

    Had to support your Twilight stance. I still covet the t-shirt stating Buffy staked Edward. The End. So, what would happen if zombies met the Twilight crowd?

    Can’t comment on the Dean/Sam issue – yet to watch Supernatural. Not that I don’t want to, just have yet to get to it.

    Oh & I always wanted to play the oboe (stoopid school had issues giving double reed instruments out so I ended up with the flute).

  5. 10 Annie
    9 October, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Oh no, I’m a Deangirl from day one. That mouth, those shoulders… and then there’s the smart*ss factor. Self-deprecating, sometimes self-loathing, ah Dean. You twisty little thang. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover from the screamfest in “Yellow Fever”.

    Sam’s just too… whitebread for me. He has the demonblood factor, yes, but it doesn’t permeate his essence, if you know what I mean. Even his current slide into darkness seems to me to be more about his ego and wanting to be ‘The One’ than any real bad boy factor. Sam’s too suburban. But he makes an excellent counterpart to The Dean. And he does, of course, have the pretty.

    Don’t even get me STARTED on Castiel. Send me an angel…

    • 9 October, 2009 at 9:32 am

      Dean is hot, there’s no denying that πŸ˜€ but I don’t get any of that ego thing from Sam. Maybe I’m just blinded by my infatuation…

      You know what I think it is? You know how they always call each other ‘bitch’ and ‘jerk’? Sam’s the bitch in this relationship. I guess that does it for me πŸ˜€

  6. 9 October, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Still haven’t watched Season 4 of Supernatural but so far gotta say it’s Dean for me. I think I’m like jen as I had seen Jared in Gilmore Girls. Dean is hard arsed, tough but vulnerable, the one who has always had to look out for little brother and who sold his soul for him – hero stuff. Not that Sam doesn’t have them.

    I think the bond of being brothers is what keeps that show going. The humour combined with the darkness, the vulnerability combined with the mission of defeating evil.

    Erica – congrats on getting your copies!! must be so thrilling.

    Oh poor Edward – he gets a bum rap everywhere from the older market. So he sparkles, so he’s a ‘vegetarian’, so he is willing to die when he thinks the love of his love is dead – hey it’s different and I for one like that.

    Batman is way cool. Though I always wanted Sueprman & Lois Lane just to you know fight crime together. And for being a reporter Lois is thick – add glasses, part the hair to the other side, no cape and whinier voice – and you’ve got Clark Kent. Poor Clark.

    I think I’ll stick to vampires too – um zombies are a little bit smelly…phewie! πŸ™‚

    • 9 October, 2009 at 9:39 am

      Oh, that’s so true abut Supernatural. If one character was female (hey, no nasty Sam-is-a-girl comments, you lot!) it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.

      Agree that Dean is more of a traditional hero character. He’s admirable even when he’s not acting admirably, right?

      For me, Sam is more a mixture of anti-hero and why-the-hell-should-I-want-to-be-a-hero-anyway… if you guys want to call that ‘whining’ (as it’s been so *uncharitably* labelled) then you go right ahead πŸ˜€

      I never understood in the Superman movies how Lois never recognised Clark. He just didn’t look that different. For a kick-ass reported, she ain’t that smart. At least Batman has a rubber thing over his head.

  7. 14 jenroland
    9 October, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Here’s a question about Supernatural. How far into the series are you? And, does that affect whether you are a Sam girl or a Dean girl?

    I’m in the U.S., so I just watched S5 E5. I became colossally exasperated with Sam in S4. (I was a Dean girl before then, so that may have led to the higher level of exasperation.) Before S4, I don’t think I would have asked for help understanding the allure of Sam.

  8. 9 October, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Congrats on the new release!

    It’s Dean all the way! I agree with Jen that Sam’s always the young teen in my mind from Gilmore Girls!

  9. 19 AnaΓ―s Snow
    13 October, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I love the oboe – it is strangely alluring! Do you watch True Blood? You know the strange and slightly jarring medieval music they always play when Sookie and Bill have a scene together? That music would SO benefit from a bit of the oboe! I think I have found a second job for you Erica πŸ™‚ Romance writer by day, steamy oboe soundtracks by night tee hee

  10. 22 Jo McAlister
    13 October, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Hey E, gotta love the Sam, too. Don’t get me wrong, I like Dean and both boys with no shirts – shhhwinng! but I think it’s the tall, dark and sexy thing with Sam.

    Anyhoo, congrats – today’s the day right? Drunk yet to celebrate? Or working too hard?


    • 13 October, 2009 at 11:33 am

      Yay! Another Sam fan. You and me against the world! Dean is a very attractive man. But Sam just makes me sigh, and go all hot and melty inside… okay. TMI. That’s enough.

      And yeah, I’m working. Of course. Doing a quiet happy dance here in my head, though πŸ™‚ and giggling at the cat a lot…

      And Nicky: why, whatever do you mean? That sexy Eric has nothing whatsoever to do with it πŸ˜‰

  11. 24 jenroland
    15 October, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    FYI for the Sam fans who haven’t seen Season 4 yet. You will find much to enjoy in the episode titled “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

  12. 21 October, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Yeah, I did the phone charity thing to and HATED it. *shudder*

    When I read Twilight I thought Edward was cool, and then I got to the werewolves. SO much hotter and they don’t sparkle. Can you imagine Spike coming face to face with Edward? Wow, Spike wouldn’t be able to stop laughing, but would still beat his ass.

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