The Smell Of Gas and Brussel Sprouts
May 7, 2011 by jfhilborne
I recently read The Smell of Gas, by Erin O’Riordan and Tit Elingtin, and invited Erin onto my blog so we could find out more about her and her work.
Jen: Okay, Erin. Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Erin O’Riordan?
Erin: I’m a book lover, an omnivorous reader, a book reviewer, a book blogger, an author and an editor. I’m married to Tit Elingtin, my co-author on The Smell of Gas.
Jen: Do you write full time or do you also hold down a regular job and juggle like crazy?
Erin: I have an irregular job, an online writing job that requires a minimum of 15 hours per week. It allows me to work from home, make my own schedule and work on whatever writing I need to on any given day.
Jen: Lucky girl. Who wouldn’t love to make their own schedule? With so many changes in the publishing industry, what are your thoughts? Do you embrace the opportunity for authors to independently publish, or do you hold fast to the traditional route?
Erin: My first novel was published by an electronic-only publisher, Eternal Press; later, they began distributing print books through Amazon. I read both ways, and I embrace independent publishing.
Jen: In which genre do you write?
Erin: My previous two novels were erotic romance, but The Smell of Gas is a crime thriller. It has some erotic elements, but very little romance.
Jen: Time for an off-the-wall question. What is your favorite food and least favorite food?
Erin: My favorite food is dark chocolate. My least favorite food is Brussel sprouts.
Jen: Hmm. Brussel sprouts are my favorite, but okay, back to books. When you reach the end of a novel, are you thrilled or alarmed at the prospect of starting all over again with a new novel?
Erin: Thrilled, always thrilled. My erotic romance series, Pagan Spirits, will eventually have 12 parts. I love these characters and I’m always excited to get to the next part of their story.
Jen: Cool. Tell us about your latest book?
Erin: The title The Smell of Gas is meant to evoke gasoline fumes, an important element to the crime story. The storytelling is pulp style, with a large cast of characters–most of them shady–and lots of action. Still, even though there are a lot of moving parts, the emotional heart of the book is the simple story of a young couple starting a family, surrounded by both good and evil influences.
Jen: How do you write? By this I mean, do you outline first? Do you start with a title? Do you write the ending first and work your way back, or do you just sit down and write whatever comes into your mind?
Erin: I write from an outline. My husband is better at titles than I am.
Jen: What current projects are you working on?
Erin: My next release will be another crime thriller, Eminent Domain. I’m currently editing my third erotic romance in the Pagan Spirits series, tentatively titled St. James Day.
Jen: Writing can be tough at times. What has been the lowest moment for you in your career as an author? And the highest?
Erin: My lowest moment was a few years ago, when I landed a short story called “Oliver’s Famous Clam Chowder” in a Torquere Press anthology. I got my contributor copy and ran it over to my mom’s house for her to read. She pointed out that I’d called the same character by two different first names. D’oh! My highest moments are reading reviews from someone who’s enjoyed something I’ve written.
Jen: How do you celebrate the publication of a new novel?
Erin: My husband and I split a pitcher of beer.
Nice. Erin, thanks for stopping by and telling us about yourself and your books. Find out more about Erin and her works below: