Author event and giveaway: Erika Marks
I first got to know Erika Marks when she was one of the authors featured on The Debutante Ball. After that, we chatted on Twitter some so it was like greeting an old friend when I finally got to meet her in person at Fiction Addiction. Erika is even nicer than I expected, if you can believe that, and we had a lot to talk about.
Erika is originally from Maine but met her New Orleanian husband when she studied in The Big Easy. They currently live in North Carolina with their two daughters. Erika’s husband is a teacher and a scientist. Erika has been writing for 20 years and tried several genres before finding her voice with women’s fiction.
Erika’s first book, Little Gale Gumbo, was published last year and she said it’s personal – it’s out of her life story. Her second book, The Mermaid Collector, was published this month and was inspired by a picture of a mosaic of a mermaid she saw in an architectural magazine. I was surprised to learn that Lydia’s story (the one set in the past) wasn’t added to The Mermaid Collector until the second to the last draft of the story.
Since The Mermaid Collector had a little bit of a mystical element to it, Erika was asked what she thinks of the paranormal. She replied that she doesn’t really believe in mermaids but does believe that there is a force, energy, or possibility of things we can’t explain.
We have to wait until August of 2013 for Erika’s next book. The Guest House is a love story with a dual narrative. It’s about two families on Cape Cod – one a summer family and one a local family. I, for one, can’t wait for it to come out!
I got Erika to autograph copies of her first two books for one lucky reader. To enter to win autographed copies of LITTLE GALE GUMBO and THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, both by Erika Marks, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.