Interview & Contest: Erica Pike

Jen:  Please help me welcome erotica author Erica Pike to Romancing the Book.  Erica, will you share a bio with us?
Erica: After having exhausted every possible scenario of man-woman love in her daydreams, Erica started weaving stories of men who love men – which is way hotter. She’s been writing for several years, or ever since reading became an obsession. Aside from a business degree, Erica has taken English courses at the University of Iceland and gulped down anything that might help in her career as an author of homoerotic romance. She takes great interest in the English language, but will break every single grammar rule for the sake of the voice.

Erica lives in Iceland with her adorable little twin boys, and is happy with her little family of three and a quarter (hamster). She often says that her real name sounds like Klingon to foreigners. Let’s just say it’s 30 letters long and looks like someone fell asleep at the keyboard – that’s Icelandic for yah.

Jen: Can you tell us about Hot Hands and where the idea for the book came from?
Erica: Hot Hands is about Casper who‘s been the “victim” of sail-by goosing and groping for some time. He likes the cat-and-mouse game, but is dying to know who the groper (Hot Hands) is. He’s been narrowing down the suspects for weeks, desperately hoping to cross off his two high school tormentors, who fit the profile perfectly.

I was at the theatre with my kids when the idea came to me. That might sound weird, but it happened when I was pushing between a row of knees and chair backs to get to my seat when a woman accidentally brushed against my behind. It was like a struck of lightning. Well, okay, it took a little more thinking to get the plot in place, but that’s how I got the idea (and I switched it to two men).

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” when writing?

Erica:  More like “must NOT have” and that is socks! I can’t wear socks while I write. I have no idea why. Noise is also another “must not have” – I can’t concentrate at all if there’s noise or music.

Jen: Who has inspired you as a writer?

Erica:  In the m/m genre it’s S.J. Frost, Ethan Day and Zathyn Priest. All great authors and all works that have inspired me in their own way.

Jen: What is the most interesting comment you’ve received on one of your books?

Erica: That would have to be “Geez that Jesse could anger a saint, or hell a stadium of monks and poor Adam needs a hug and a swift kick in the bum to knock some sense into him…bless that Eric though..just the laugh needed to keep me from damaging my Nook:)“

This is from a 4-star reader review on Goodreads, written by Erticchic378. People seem to have very strong reactions to A Life Without You, which features Adam who’s in love with his roommate Jesse. Jesse thinks he‘s straight and has a hard time accepting that he‘s not. The ones that give three stars want to strangle the characters though most seemed to enjoy the book anyway, while the ones who give four and five stars seem to love the whole package. I do read the reviews and a lot of them make me smile (like the one quoted above did). I learn from the good ones and the bad ones.

Jen: Where can you be found online?

Erica: I’ve been peeing in all sorts of corners on the internet to mark my space:
E-mail: eripike (at) gmail.com
Website: www.ericapike.com
Blog: http://eripike.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5433276.Erica_Pike
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Erica-Pike/304285636267494
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/EricaPike
Tumblr: http://ericapike.tumblr.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Erica-Pike/e/B006V266ZY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Jen: What’s next for you?

Erica: Let’s see…I have three short story releases with No Boundaries Press over the next few months. They’re all in the College Fun and Gays series. Absolutely Eric (Boston Boys #2) just went to line edits at MLR Press and should be out in a couple of months. I’m taking part in Love is Always Write, which is organized by the M/M Romance group on Goodreads – it’ll be a free read based on a picture and a prompt. And then, of course, I’ll start writing next year’s batch of releases: Boston Boys #3 (Jazz’s story) and 1.5 (Jesse and Adam), sequels to the College Fun and Gays stories (Hot Hands #2 etc). Also maybe that paranormal Viking story. I’m dying to try something different from contemporary, as much as I love my current genre 🙂

Jen: Do you have anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Erica: Yes. I would like to ask people to stay tuned on a very special event that’ll take place on May 17th (International Day Against Homophobia). I’m organizing an M/M-only blog hop with NJ Nielsen and K-lee Klein. I’d love it if people who are interested in enrolling their blogs check out the (easy) conditions:

http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/2012/02/hop-against-homophobia-registration.html

The purpose of Hop Against Homophobia is twofold: to spread awareness of homophobia and to strengthen the m/m genre within the writing community. We already have over 150 M/M authors, reviewers, and publishers signed up, but we want as many as we can get.

M/M readers, feel free to follow if you’re interested 🙂

Contest details:

  • The prize is are e-copies of Hot Hands and Grade-A-Sex Deal (2 winners).
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Sunday, March 18.
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