Today I was able to interview the lovely Erin Rhew. Her new release, The Fulfillment, is fabulous and you all should read it, along with the rest of the series, ASAP.
Before I get to the interview, check out the book info and a little more about Erin too!
Layla’s world tumbles out of control when she discovers the truth of her parentage and realizes the Prophecy—the one she upended her entire life to defend—is incomplete. When her new friends share the entire Prophecy, the revelations contained within it alter her destiny and challenge everything she and Wil believe in. Now, she must confront the Outlander queen to save the Ethereal kingdom while grappling with this new reality.
Tortured and imprisoned, Nash accepts his fate and offers the First Ones the one thing he has left to give: his life. In a desperate attempt to save the people he loves most, he surrenders himself to the Outlander queen and a destiny darker than he could have ever dreamed possible.
Wil, tormented by the consequences of his choices, realizes he may never be able to uphold his end of the Prophecy. His mistake casts a deep, foreboding shadow over his kingdom and those he loves, while its ripples threaten to shatter both the Prophecy and everything he and his family have sworn to protect.
In this epic conclusion, lives are lost, kingdoms clash, friendships are tested, and love and fate collide.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/erin+rhew?_requestid=283340
About the Author
Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police."
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.
Find her online:
Goodreads The Prophecy: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23265671-the-prophecy
Goodreads The Outlanders: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23302633-the-outlanders?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b
Goodreads The Fulfillment: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26544682-the-fulfillment?from_search=true&search_version=service
1. Hi Erin! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and the books that you write?
My name is Erin Rhew, and I’m married to the supremely talented, uber handsome Deek Rhew. Though I am a Southern girl, we live in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest, clear across the country from any and everything I’ve ever known. Kinda exciting, kinda unnerving. Deek and I enjoy reading aloud to one another, working on writing projects together, hanging out with friends, lifting weights, boxing, running, and watching TV.
I write the stories that inspire me. But currently, I’m here to promote my young adult fantasy series The Fulfillment. I’d call it Game of Thrones meets Arthurian legend. For my next piece, I’m taking a total exit off the freeway and delving into adult historical fiction, a manuscript that’s been a labor of love for many years.
2. Tell the readers a little bit about your writing process, for instance, how long does it take for you to finish a first draft? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Well, I think it depends on what I’m working on. For The Fulfillment Series, I wrote up a little synopsis of the story before I wrote it. I’m not a fan of the “filler” second book, so I wanted to be sure I had enough information for a true and complete trilogy. With the historical fiction novel, history is my synopsis, and I just have to fill in the blanks. Regarding my other works in progress, I’d say I’m definitely a pantser.
I wrote the entire Fulfillment trilogy in three months, but it took me three years to write the historical fiction’s first draft. When I can create and control the world I’m writing, the words flow quickly. If I have to constantly check on whether something even existed in the time period I’m writing about, it takes longer. LOL!
3. Do you have any interesting quirks or habits to help you through the writing process?
Ask my husband, I am all sortsa quirky. But when it comes to writing, I need chocolate and my soda. I used to drink Diet Pepsi, but since they changed the flavor, I’m now on Coke Zero. Sometimes, Deek and I opt for popcorn while we write, but that gets my keyboard all oily. And I’m funny about sensations on my hands, so the oily keyboard wigs me out after a while.
4. Where do you get the ideas and inspirations for your books?
I get ideas from all over. The Fulfillment series rose out of my love for Game of Thrones and the King Arthur legend. The idea for my historical fiction came to me out of nowhere. Another work in progress popped into my head after I saw a news clip at the gym. They come from all over. I really believe I have these characters that live in my head and randomly pop out to have their story told. Haha!
5. Do you ever find yourself experiencing writers block? How do you cope with it?
Sure, I think everyone experiences it. So, I surround myself with inspiring things—great books, great shows, and great people. Pretty soon, my creative juices start flowing again. But I think the key is to sit down and try. If you just plow through the tough times, you’ll get your mojo back.
6. Is there a particular author and/or book out there that inspired you?
I loves me some Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson—‘nuff said), George R.R. Martin, Cassandra Clare (Team Jem), and Shakespeare (technically a playwright, but who’s counting?).
7. What advice would you give to authors who are just starting out?
1) Don’t give up on your dream
2) Edit, edit, edit. And when you think you’re done, edit again.
8. If you could pick one of your characters in your book(s) to hang out with for one day, who would it be, and why?
Samson. He’s my homage to Percy Jackson, so I think I’d enjoy his intensity and his snark. Never a dull moment with ole Samson around.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
I’m not sure us authors can convey to you just how much you readers mean to us. Thank you for taking the time to invest in us and in the worlds we create. Without you, we’d be that tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear it. Hugs to you all!