Friday, August 1, 2014

Interview with Erin Hayes

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Fractured is the story of two sisters who are very different. On a trip to repair their rocky relationship, they find that they must face a dark secret from their past before it takes their very souls. The idea came to me in a nightmare that scared me. It’s the first horror novel I’ve ever written, and it was a challenge. Some parts scared me to write! It’s a standalone, too, so it’s 232 very tense, creepy pages.

Do you have a favorite character?
In Fractured, Lily started out as probably my least favorite character. Yet as the story progressed, she became more and more interesting and complex, and she’s now my favorite.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Whit&Ware Design did the cover. I gave her a basic story arc and let her design it – I think it’s gorgeous.  It’s left open for interpretation, but I look at it as one of the sister’s souls being torn apart. Very spooky. I love it.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I usually do a loose outline and then try to follow it. Although there have been times when I’ve written an outline and the very first thing I did was deviate from it, haha.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I did hire an editor, because I wanted Fractured to be the best book it could be. I love my editor. She makes me facepalm so many times.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Oh, definitely, especially since I work full time in advertising. I wish there was some way I could travel through time. It’s so hard juggling life!

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Just keep writing! The hardest part is getting that first draft done. Once you get that first draft done, everything else makes sense.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I’m a huge nerd. I like video games, reading, and reading comics and manga. And when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about what I’ll write next.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I’ll answer this quickly! Cats, Vanilla, Tea, Talk, Day. Any combination of those, and I’m happy.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing the sequel to Death is but a Dream, and I have a superhero deconstruction novel as well as another horror novel. Stay tuned!

Thank you for having me, and I hope you learned something weird or insightful from me. Cheers!

Book & Author details:
Fractured by Erin Hayes
Publication date: July 8th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror

Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability.

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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