Yippie! Erin Wade is here.
She recently published Three Times As Deadly and two lucky winners will receive an autographed copy of the book. There are more details below.
Please welcome Erin Wade.
I want to thank T. B. Markinson and I Heart Lesfic for inviting me to be the interview today. It is an honor to be associated with I Heart Lesfic and T. B.
It’s an honor to have you here today. Can you tell us about yourself?
I am thirty. I live with my wonderful wife Alex, my dog Tank and our cat Candy in Austin, Texas. Alex is a year older than I. We met while attending the University of Texas in Austin. We have been married nine incredible years.
Alex is an educator and I am a land developer. My day job doesn’t require much time so I often found myself with time on my hands. Alex suggested that I try my hand at writing fiction. My first books were murder mysteries written for mainstream readers. Last year (2016) I was writing a book called The Destiny Factor. I intended it to be a mainstream murder mystery but somewhere along the way it assumed a life of its own and morphed into a lesbian romance/thriller. I had never thought about writing lesfic, but discovered that I enjoyed writing about what I knew and had experienced. So, a lesfic author was born. In January 25, 2017 I released my first “intentional” lesfic novel, Too Strong to Die. It shot to number ten the same day it was released and reached number one on Feb. 1. I had the bug. On my birthday, May 9, I released Death Was Too Easy which went to #1 in Hot New Releases. Currently, all three of my 2017 books are on Amazon’s Top 20 Best Sellers List for Action/Adventure/Romance and The Destiny Factor has stayed on the Top 100 Best Sellers list for the past fourteen months.
What inspired you to write professionally?
My wife convinced me to write fiction.
What is your new book Three Times as Deadly about?
Three Times as Deadly is about Sloan Cartwright, who awakens from a coma, in an African hospital. She has no memory of her past or the three women who claim to be married to her. The book is funny, exciting and filled with action and romance. It also touches on the plight of rhinos and elephants who are being hunted into extinction. I’ll save that soapbox for another day.
What is your advice about staying in the positive?
This is difficult for me to say. I am an extremely positive person to the point my friends and family tease me about it. Let’s skip this one. I don’t know anything about being negative.
Do you go out into nature to meditate or quiet your mind? Where have you been and how was it for you?
We built a home in 2015 that Alex designed. It is a sanctuary for us both. I have an office that overlooks our pool and waterfall. Tank’s toy chest is built in and doubles as his window seat. It is right beside my desk so he is close to me. Our home is very peaceful and inspiring for me. Alex has decorated it beautifully. There is truly no other place in the world I’d rather be.
Are you a dog whisperer? What was your dog, Tank like as a puppy?
I’m not a dog whisperer. I think Tank may be a human whisperer. Tank is a rescue dog and has always been precious. When he was tiny, he was just a little ball of fur. We used to call him our little dust bunny. I have had dogs all my life and I loved them, but Tank is truly the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever had the privilege to belong to. At first, I thought he might be blind because no matter where I went he was right behind me with his nose touching my ankle, but his eyesight is fine. Now he is tall enough that his nose touches the bottom of the calf of my leg. He always stays that close to me. I think I am his security blanket.
Where is a good hang out place to kick back and socialize with friends?
We are homebodies. We have two other couples we share fun times with. We have been friends since college. We rotate to each other’s homes on Saturday nights where the hostesses serve dinner and we play high-stakes poker. The maximum bid is twenty-five cents with a two-bump maximum so the most one can lose on one hand is seventy-five cents. Pretty high stakes, huh?
We have my family over once a month and on holidays. My wife is a terrific cook and enjoys trying out new recipes on them. They love it.
Alex’s family lives in Alabama, so we don’t see them as often as we see my folks.
Where is the next place you’re going to visit? Share all you want about it.
We are taking my brother’s twins to Branson, MO. It is a fun city with a lot of live theater and entertainment. The best thing is the Duck Boats. Everyone should ride the Duck Boats at least once in their life.
What is the most daring theme you’ve written about?
I am an action/adventure/romance writer. I don’t delve into things I know nothing about. I would never write a 50 Shades of Gray type book. I did notice that one reviewer gave me four stars because I don’t go into details in my sex scenes, but I figure we all know where those end up and I like to let my readers us their imaginations. Also, sometimes my mother reads my books.
What types of live music do you like to listen to. Who was the last performance you saw?
We love musicals, reviews, plays, etc. The last live musical we attended was last month in Fort Worth at Bass Hall to see The Carol King Musical, Beautiful. We do fly to New York several times a year to see musicals there.
What is a fun attraction to visit in Austin, TX? What would be a good restaurant you would recommend.
We love taking the twins to The Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels. It is about an hour from Austin. Great fun for the entire family.
The best restaurant in Austin is Truluck’s Seafood, Steaks and Crab House. There are two of them, but we always go to the one downtown on Colorado St. They have live music with a female singer and a band. She is dynamite.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
GRAMMARLY & MS WORD ARE NOT ENOUGH.
If you read my reviews, you will find that I was lambasted by a few reviewers about grammatical errors In Too Strong to Die. I started searching for an editor. Even with an editor, I still received critical comments about errors in Death Was Too Easy.
I became a woman on a mission. I asked questions. I inquired about who was the best editor I could hire. When I read a very clean book, I checked to see who edited it. After two months of intense searching, I narrowed my search down to Susan Hughes. As busy as she is, I was able to get Susan to accept me as a client.
Susan is—I can’t say enough nice things about Susan—awesome. We worked through Hurricane Harvey to release my latest book Three Times as Deadly on Sept. 17. It jumped to number one on the first day of release and has continued to hold that position. Three Times as Deadly has received several positive reviews and no one has been critical of the writing.
If I could give a single piece of advice to new writers it would be, Get a good editor. If you think you can’t afford one, you’re wrong. You can’t afford to be without one. As authors we pour our heart and soul into our “masterpieces”. Believe me they become so much more with a great editor.
I know the burning question in the mind of any new author reading this is, “How much will a good editor cost me?”
A good editor will cost between $1,500 to $2,000, but you will make it up in sales. They will pay for themselves.
The other thing I would suggest to new writers is get a seasoned Beta Reader. They are worth their weight in gold. I am pleased that Julie Versoi has agreed to be my beta reader on future novels.
If you are lucky, an experienced writer will take an interest in you and become your mentor. I am fortunate that Kathy Broadland took an interest in my books and has given me guidance. Kathy is the one who told me to hire the best editor I could find.
I feel that I am fortunate to have assembled a small but exceptional team. With Susan, Julie and Kathy, I think 2018 will be the year of Erin Wade.
What is next for you?
I am currently working on a book titled Living Two Lives. It is about a fan, Jules Devine, who has a tremendous crush on a lisfic writer named Darcy Lake, even though the writer is happily married. Jules attends a national convention so she can have Lake autograph books for her. Secretly, she hopes to spend time with the author. A weekend with Darcy Lake is so much more than Jules dreamed and it changes her life forever. Jules is pulled into a world she never knew existed. A world of passion, deception, and death. It is a nail biter. We are planning a release date in time for Christmas.
THREE TIMES AS DEADLY
Also available in Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: September 16, 2017
Action & Adventure
When Sloan Cartwright awakens in an African hospital with no memory, she is astounded to find three beautiful women claiming to be her wife. An attempt on her life makes her realize that her biggest problem is not which woman is her wife, but who wants to kill her and why. She discovers that she holds secrets that will topple governments and bring down illegal poachers in Africa. The only problem is that Sloan can’t remember where she hid the evidence. Sloan quickly realizes that she must trust one of the women to help her escape Africa. Which one will it be? Wife Number One: Amarosia (Amy) Cartwright, a beautiful Halle Berry look-a-like who tells Sloan that they have been married for five years and make their home in Africa. Wife Number Two: Leigh Redding Cartwright, blonde, wholesome, girl-next-door beauty who obviously adores Sloan and claims they have been married for seven years and live in New York. Wife Number Three: Alexandra Roland Cartwright, gorgeous international business mogul who has flown into Africa to take her wife home with her. Sloan isn’t sure it is her the women want or the evidence she has hidden. You will laugh and cheer for Sloan as she juggles the three beauties while trying to stay alive and escape from a country where everyone wants her dead.
MEET THE AUTHOR
With a degree in accounting, I set out to conquer my quiet little corner of the world.
My plan was to work for a major accounting firm and live a comfortable life.
One never knows where fate will lead. I soon discovered I liked taking chances and started acquiring small parcels of land to resale. Within a year, I found myself immersed in the fun of land brokering. My native state, Texas, is a wide-open community of wonderful people and vast amounts of land. Opportunities in Texas are limitless. Texas and the fact that I am a workaholic were the perfect recipe for success.
I have visited every state in the U.S. and lived in some, but Texas is always the one that calls me home. I thought I had the world by the tail; a nice little ranch that bordered a Texas lake, a horse and a few head of cattle. Life was good. Then I met a woman and life was no longer good, it was amazing.
Now my life is an adventure of love and laughter.
Enter here for a chance to win a copy of
THREE TIMES AS DEADLY
Two winners will receive an autographed copy.
Thanks so much Erin for stopping by today.
Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.