A new month already. I hope your month is off to a good start. I don't know about you, but I'm praying it's a snowy month for my area of the country. :)
Today we have the chance to learn more about author, Erica Hogan. Welcome, Erica. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
Well, I've been writing since I was ten-years-old. I guess it started with the fairytales. Those sweet love stories like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. I started developing my own ideas which eventually grew into something more than the typical love stories we find every day. I started writing and when I realized that I had no desire to ever stop, I continued. It was as if it was simply natural for me to do this; my first true love.
I can relate to the love of writing. What is your 'how I got published' story?
That's a great story! I have ACFW to thank for it. :) I wrote an email on the loop in response to someone who was very discouraged and uncertain whether or not he/she was meant to be a writer. I made my answer public so everyone could see it and I received an email back from a publisher! He saw my email, took a look at my blog, and asked for a book proposal. I was stunned, but so very thankful and, before I knew it, I was signing a contract for my debut novel, The Lost Generation.
Wow. You never know how God will use a simple email. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
My goal with my work is to show people that faith, hope, and love can conquer all things. God is always with us, I truly believe that. I have to. I believe my very life is proof of it. I hope that people walk away after reading my books with a sense of being uplifted and encouraged. That through faith and love--through God's strength and blessings--you can rise up out of adversity. My characters never have an easy time of it, but no matter the loss experienced, they always find a way to move forward and endure.
Those are some great concepts you share with your readers. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
Oh yes. I don't think I could manage without music and a snack is always helpful when I have writer's block. ;)
:) Tell us about your new book.
The Lost Generation is best described as a story of loss. The idea was born through a series of events really. I was inspired a long time ago by the incredible loss experienced across the world by World War One and it touched me deeply. The Lost Generation was at times very difficult to write because, like most everyone, I wanted a happily ever after ending. Bringing this book to a conclusion that would satisfy both me as the author and readers alike was extremely hard. Centered around three couples from three different countries, The Lost Generation shows how even in the darkest of times God gives us what we need and helps us rise up out of adversity even in grief. It is also to honor the generation of men and women and their families who sacrificed so much by fighting for their countries. It's something no one should ever forget, no matter how much time passes.
Sounds intriguing. What are you working on now?
I am actually working on an idea for a followup of The Lost Generation. Not exactly a sequel, but a book with very similar themes and based during the same war. It's nothing official yet as I haven't worked out any details, but the idea is blossoming and I'm excited to write it! I have several other projects I'm working on as well because I can never seem to limit myself to one story. ;)
It's been great getting to know you better, Erica. I pray the Lord continues to bless you and your writing. Thanks for stopping by today.