And here's a wonderful interview from Erica's Borrowed Angel launch party! Thanks so much for sharing, Erica -- I love this Q&A!
What is your favorite part of writing?
I enjoy helping people feel emotion, which is probably why Lingering Echoes is emotionally driven. In Borrowed Angel, while I know readers will cry, I know it will help people better understand (and feel to a certain extent) what it’s like to lose a child or feel out of control… and then I hope readers can feel the comforting spirit that I felt and the beauty of the messages that I came across in my experiences. One of my favorite parts of writing is also hearing feedback and how readers connect with my work.
Is there a word, phrase or quote you like?
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato
Before I was a mother and an author, I started my career as a Recreation Therapist. I’ll spare you the novel answer. In short, as a Recreation Therapist I believe in the power of spending time with people outside of conversation. When you interact with someone through play, whether it be sports or going for a walk, or whatever your favorite activities may consist of, barriers are quickly broken down. When people are having fun, I believe we all relax a little more and allow our true nature to emerge in ways that a formal conversation would not. I love to play!
Giving birth to my son, Ty was my proudest moment. I went into the hospital to be induced and it all happened within four hours! The anesthesiologist didn’t make it in time, and my doctor arrived during the last ten minutes to “catch” my boy. It was scary and exhilarating at the same time to be able to hold my very first baby, especially under the crazy circumstances!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In both Lingering Echoes (which I wrote first) and Borrowed Angel, the underlying theme is finding ways to heal through grief. In Lingering Echoes, the two main characters, Allie and Damien, have painful experiences from their pasts that they are keeping to themselves, and it is only after meeting each other that their pain bonds the two of them. With my personal experiences in Borrowed Angel, like my characters in Lingering Echoes, I felt like certain people came into my life to help me work through my grief. There is power in grieving together.
Goals for your book?
For Lingering Echoes, I would love to see it on the shelves of Barnes & Noble under “teen favorites.”
For Borrowed Angel, I just hope my experiences can ease some of the pain for parents suffering from loss or others struggling with challenges in their lives. That first year is so raw…if I could do anything to ease even a small measure of that hurt through the experiences shared in Borrowed Angel, that would make me happy.
If I could have warm weather, a beach, and a place to lay out with a book or close my eyes and nap under the sun, that would be a dream vacation for me! Now, if I want to dream a little deeper…add in massages, manicure, pedicures, cheap shopping at a market and I’d be set!
Something unique about you?
One of the things that bonded my husband and me in college was that we both played rugby for BYU in Provo. That was an incredibly fun time! The men and women’s rugby team hold a special place in our hearts, especially considering the touching act they provided on the day of Ty’s funeral. (You’ll have to read the book to find out!)
How many countries have you visited?
United States, Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Phillippines, China, New Zealand… 10! I lived in the first five.