Interview with Ericka Scott

The Werewolf WhispererJen: Ericka Scott and I met when I was assigned to be her editor at StarDust Press. In fact, I was the original editor of The Werewolf Whisperer, so I’m a bit biased when I say that it’s an awesome book and I’m very happy it’s found a new home (and a more eye-catching cover). Ericka, welcome to Book Talk with J & J. Please share a short bio with us.

Ericka: I’m a multi-published author of seductive suspense. I’ve been writing stories since grade school and I’ll read anything under the sun (including the back of cereal boxes in a pinch). I got hooked on romantic suspense in college. Now, when I’m not chauffeuring children around, wishing I had a maid, or lurking at the library, I’m spinning my own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense. I live in Southern California with my husband and three children.

Jen: Tell us about The Werewolf Whisperer and where it’s available.
Ericka: Celebrity dog trainer, Serena O’Toole, had the perfect life. She has a boyfriend, kind of, and a job she loves, well, she used to love it. And the audition for a national television spot could skyrocket her dog training show, “Woof”, to the stars…if it doesn’t bore her to death first. Then, when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, a sexy-voiced stranger calls to tell her that her brother, Michael, is missing. He’s hiding in the desert outside his new home in Eclipse, California . It only takes her a few minutes to pack her bags and head off to a town not marked on any map.

The last thing Jackson Hardy wanted to do was to involve another civilian. But, unless the horror writer, Michael O’Toole, was found in the next two days, he would die. But, from the moment Serena’s black VW Beetle rolls into town, Jackson knows he’s lost his heart. He can’t keep his mind, or his hands, off her. She’s beautiful, talented, irresistible. Everyone in town notices her charms… Everyone . But Jackson knows to fall in love with her, and make love to her, would be a fatal mistake.

When Michael is found, Serena decides to stay and get to know Jackson better. When she looks in his eyes, she realizes he exudes a sex appeal she is helpless to deny. Nor does she want to. But for a man who can’t keep his hands off her, Jackson is sure in a surprising hurry for her to leave. But someone in Eclipse is equally determined for her to stay…forever.

The Werewolf Whisperer was released by Phaze on August 4th.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Ericka: I’ve always loved writing stories. In seventh grade, a friend and I wrote a mystery novel in the tradition of Agatha Christie meets Sam Spade. I didn’t start writing for publication until my daughter was born. It took four years to get my first short story published. I was struck speechless although I’ve been told I squealed a little. I still remember the thrill of seeing the contract. It’s a feeling that never gets old.

Jen: In three words, how do you describe your writing?
Ericka: Spooky, chilling, and hot.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” in your writing?
Ericka: My heroine’s must be spunky and my heroes sensitive.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Ericka: Life is pretty tough these days and I love to escape into my writing. It’s wonderful to be able to create a happily ever after time and time again.

Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write?

Ericka: One day I’d like to tackle Science Fiction.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one that you identify most with?

Ericka: Not really, my favorite character(s) are the ones I’m currently working with. I end up living with them (and sleeping with them – get your mind out of the gutter, I mean dreaming about them! LOL)

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Ericka: As I said in my bio, I’ll read anything. My favorites include Janet Evanovich, the Lincoln-Child writing team, Jeffrey Deaver, Dean Koontz, and of course, Nora Roberts.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Ericka: Free time? What is that? LOL. With three kids all going in different directions and different times, I find it tough to figure out where I’m headed. But as a family, we love camping, hiking, and watching movies. I also know how to knit but don’t have the time for it these days. Perhaps when I’m “old” I’ll be able to pick it up again.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Ericka: I’d love to say New York. I recently sent out proposals for a project and the rejection slips are coming in fast and furious. My current work in progress is about a haunted lighthouse. Then, I’m going to tackle another shifter project revolving around big cats. I hope to get back to Eclipse and my werewolves early in 2009.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Ericka: My website is at http://www.erickascott.com/ and you can friend me at http://myspace.com/erickascott.

Jen: Are there any questions you’d like to ask our readers?

Ericka: Lots and lots of questions. The typical one of what makes you buy a book – the cover, the blurb, or the author. And a not so typical one – what types of stories do you want to read that aren’t out there or that you have trouble finding?

Jen: Many thanks to Ericka for joining us. Answer one or both of Ericka’s questions or ask Ericka a question and you’ll be entered in this week’s contest. Ericka is giving away a ebook copy of any one of her backlist titles (Crystal Clear, Postcards from the Dead, Tinsel Time, Fool’s Gold, To Catch a Casanova, or The Vampire Oracle: Chalice) to a random commenter. You have until Friday, August 29th around 5pm PDT to post your comment to be entered to win.