Who is Erin Kellison? Give us the low down.
The low down is that Erin Kellison is my author alter-ego. She usually sits in a big comfy chair, is well supplied with snacks, and writes dark, scary, dangerous, and sexy stuff whenever she has free time.
I, on the other hand, am mom to two fantastic kids. I’ve got an amazing support system in my husband, who I was assigned to sit next to in 10th grade biology. I’d love to see the world with them. We’re supposed to get a pet this year, but since I know I’ll be the one taking care of it, I’m dragging my feet. I love to read, love good TV and movies, and I always have had a story going on in my head. Usually something dark. Oh, and oddly, I scare really easily. Damn, I’m scared right now.
The Shadow books are a mix of dark fantasy, paranormal romance and romantic suspense and I think it baffles bookstores as to where to shelve them. What would you classify them as? What was your inspiration for this series?
I call them dark fantasy romance. My first two books were shelved or tagged anywhere from horror to romance to scifi/fantasy, but my current publisher is going paranormal romance with them. As long as readers can find me, I’m happy.
I love vampires, and I was looking for a being with the same kind of pathos that they offered. I found it in a banshee, a being who has one foot in this world, one foot beyond. And as I started to think about who she was and where she came from, my Shadow world emerged.
The much anticipated Shadowman has just been released. Were you worried about making Shadowman (who is the grim reaper) a romantic hero? Will we have to endure much heartache? (we’ve already endured some!!)? Give us some hints!
Shadowman is the grim reaper, and yes, I worried about romanticizing him, especially because I lost someone right before I started writing his story and so was very conflicted. But no one was more surprised than me to find the book a refuge and the character of Shadowman, my friend. Ultimately, I had a lot of dark, fun adventure writing this book—I pitted him against my favorite antagonists to date. As for heartache, a romance promises an HEA, so even when things look their most bleak, you can depend on a full, happy ending. J
Are there more books to come in this series? Do you have plans for any other books in a spin-off or new series?
I’m finishing book four right now, and I am contracted for a fifth. And I’m also working on the second installment of my Shadow Touch novella series, which features the same characters, the arc of their romance, but with new adventures in each installment. The Shadow world has a lot to offer, and I’d love to continue writing it.
I noticed that your major characters have Twitter accounts. Do they interact with readers or just themselves? Do they give hints about the world? You also have a very in-depth Segue Institute Website. What can readers find on there?
My characters absolutely will interact with readers, and they do give hints about the world because their lives are going on as we speak, just in a kind of parallel universe that also has Twitter. The Segue website follows suit. It is dedicated to the research and understanding of paranormal phenomena arising from the influx of Shadow (magic) into the world. You can find updates on wraith attacks, research studies, personnel, and games. The site will grow with each new release in the series.
I see that you went to RWA, RomCon, and AAD conventions this year. What is your favorite thing about these events?
RWA is largely a professional conference, with mostly writers and publishing professionals in attendance. I love to go because I get caught up on industry news, I meet with my editor and agent, and I get to hang out with other writers, who have the same kind of crazy that I do.
RomCon and AAD are reader-oriented, non-stop fun, and since I am a big reader too, I get the best of both worlds. My favorite activities are the games (like Build-a-Hero)—where I get to be in a group, relax, and just have fun.
What is your favorite way to celebrate release day?
A visit to the bookstore and dinner with family. I’m usually speechless and overwhelmed, which is okay since my husband shows everyone the release. My kids, who are little and shy, are the sweetest though. I just about die when they tell anyone that their mom is a writer.
Do you have a favorite book you’ve read this year?
Yes! A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R.R. Martin. I started with the HBO series—I love good TV—and was completely caught up in the world and the dynamics of the families. I downloaded the book and read it straight through for about three days. I didn’t get much writing done though, I’m afraid. But WOW. What a fun read. I was impressed that the show followed the book so closely and I cannot wait to dig into the rest of the series.
Today Erin is giving away a set of her Shadow Books (Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall and Shadowman), To enter, just leave a comment. Contest open internationally through September 11.