Wednesday, July 29, 2015

*Author Spotlight* Erin McFadden

Erin McFadden

Title: Whimper
Genre: Romance
Published: June 12, 2015
Pages: 482


Despite sweltering heat, Saturday night is in full swing at the local campus bars and cafes. Thumping techno bass competes against raucous voices and laughter until screams suddenly shatter the party atmosphere. A half-naked man charges through the crowd, savaging his peers. Zoe Clark witnesses the bloody attack and the unnatural behavior of the assailant and knows something horrible is happening in her quiet college town. Zoe opens her home and her heart to a mysterious newcomer who claims to have an explanation for the grisly attacks. Elliott Carter needs any help he can find as he struggles to discover a cure for the virus that can turn ordinary students into mindless, violent attackers. Attraction and dedication collide as the two are drawn into a high stakes race against a government gone awry and a menace invisible to the naked eye. As they fight to stop the spread of the deadly microbe, secrets and bloodshed threaten to destroy any hope they might hold for a happily ever after. When the world teeters on the brink of a deadly pandemic, how much will they sacrifice to save it?

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 Title: Muse
Genre: Fantasy
Published: September 13, 2013
Pages: 180


The Brotherhood of the Guardians has existed for thousands of years to serve a single purpose: the protection of Talents, the mortal descendants of the original nine Muses. 

Twenty-one year-old Daniel Lyoncourt has trained his entire life to join the Guardians. Daniel is prepared to risk his life in order to keep his Talent safe, but when he's assigned to nineteen year-old Anna Saint-James, he discovers that his life isn't the only thing he could lose. Anna has no idea how special she is and knows nothing about her abilities. He must teach her to control her gifts, keep her safe, and hope that he can find a place in her life as something more than just her bodyguard.

All power comes at a price. Like all Talents, Anna must one day make a choice: lose all of her powers, or ascend to a higher plane, leaving behind everyone she loves.

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 Title: Talent
Genre: Fantasy
Published: Coming Soon
Pages: Unknown


Porter McGavin never imagined he'd become a member of a centuries old brotherhood, but then he never knew that ancient mythology was based on reality either. The combat veteran is dealing with his battle scars when he's recruited by the Guardians and his life changes dramatically. No more struggling to get by, no more fighting to fit in. But the real challenges begin when he's thrust into the role of Claire Montgomery's Watcher. 

Claire barely trusts the Guardians. Too many former Guardians were involved during the years she lived in confinement and forced isolation. After her rescue she knows she needs protection, but will she be able to accept any Watcher, let alone one as damaged as Porter?

Forced to solve the dark secrets which haunt them both, can they learn to trust each other before the Guardians fall or they both lose what's left of their sanity?

About the Author

 Erin McFadden is the author of the Young Adult paranormal series, Descended from Myth and the adult fiction thriller, Whimper. She has several more projects underway so stay tuned for new and exciting adventures!
Erin lives in Indiana with her husband and two daughters. They love reading and watching movies together, as well as camping and hiking in the great outdoors.
An unabashed geek, Erin loves science fiction, all things paranormal, and anything involving a conspiracy theory. She firmly believes that everything is better with chocolate and a healthy dose of caffeine. 

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What inspired you to become an author? 
I’ve always liked to tell myself stories and enjoyed writing. I never considered publishing until after my daughter was born. I wanted to be something more than just wife, mommy and employee. It started as a project to challenge myself and turned into a major turning point in my life. I’m hoping I can show my girls that they can do anything if they work hard enough at it. 

I assume all authors also love to read, so what book inspired your love of reading? 
My mom has been reading to me since birth so reading has always been a big part of who I am. As a very little girl, my favorite was Bruce’s Loose Tooth and I now read it to my girls. 

How old were you when you wrote your first story? 
I wrote stories in elementary school. I remember there being one about a mud monster attacking a school bus and the secret lives of my house cats. I think those were second grade maybe?

Who are some of your favorite authors now? 
This is an ever growing list. Now I have friends who are authors as well so I can never come up with a short answer. 

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
Total pantser. I aspire to one day write an outline and follow it beginning to end. It’s not likely to happen. 

Are your characters based on people you know? 
I pull small details and physical characteristics from people I know, as well as actors from TV and movies, but I’ve never based a character on a specific person. I may someday because a lot of people ask to be written in. 

What are some of your writing rituals? 
I have to type. I love the romantic notion of carrying a beautiful notebook and silver pen and filling the pages with story, but it doesn’t flow for me. I need the click clack of the keyboard in order to produce anything worthwhile. If I’m planning to settle in for a writing binge, I need drinks, snacks, a fully charged laptop and a comfy chair. I have a soundtrack I listen to BEFORE I write, but I can’t listen to anything with lyrics while I write. 

How do other books influence your writing? 
Reading always seems to refuel my creativity. When I get writer’s block I like to read something completely different from my work in progress to get the juices flowing again. 

How do you get motivated to sit down and write with all the real world interruptions? 
Finding the time to write is a major hurdle for me. I usually write in the middle of the night when everyone else in the house is asleep. It’s much easier to work when only the cat is around. 

Which one of your books is your favorite? 
I only have two out right now and of course I love them both. Muse was my first so it will always hold a special place in my heart, plus the hero is a hunk. 

If you could have a writing retreat anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be and why? 
A gorgeous estate in England, in the manor house, of course. I’ve always wanted to try writing historical fiction and surely the atmosphere would seep right into my writing. 

If your main character were an alcoholic beverage, which beverage would they be and why? 
Oooh, this is a tough one! In Talent, I’d pick an Irish Car Bomb for Porter. He’s a volatile and complicated guy who can be hard to get a handle on, plus there’s a little insider humor there. 

If you could live in a fictional world, which world would you choose and why? 
Fictional worlds are pretty dangerous places, especially if you’re not the main character. Still, I’d love to be a Talent in my “Descended from Myth” world. I can think of all kinds of trouble to get into with the right amount of Influence. I’ll stay out of Whimper though, thanks! I think I catch every virus that blows past me as is. 

What’s the best way to hide a body?
In my professional life I’ve actually had to search for bodies, so I have lots of theories on this topic. However, I think I’m obligated to keep them under my hat.  

This or That

Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
Paperback or e-reader? E-reader (easier to carry everywhere!)
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Peeta or Gale? Peeta
Edward or Jacob? Edward (Vampires don’t shed)
Money or love? Love (But a little money helps)
Tattoos or bare? Bare (I can’t commit to an image for life)
Hairy or smooth? Smooth 
Call or text? Text
Hot or cold? Cold
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Lord of the Rings
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Halloween or Christmas? Halloween (Costumes!)
McDonald’s or Burger King? Burger King (onion rings)
Batman or Spiderman? Spiderman (he’s funnier)

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