Erica Hayes. That's me. Author of the Shadowfae Chronicles.
I live in the luckiest country in the world. I've done law student, air force officer, editorial assistant and musician. And now I have the best job in the world -- imagining.
In my stories, magic and wonder abounds. But the mortal world is an enchanted place too, if you know how to look. I've laughed atop the Great Wall, sported with the gargoyles at Notre Dame and gazed up awestruck at the Great Pyramid. Let me share that sense of wonder with you.
Just because you don't see it right away doesn't mean it's not there. So laugh under the stars. Dance in the rain. Howl at the moon. You never know who's watching.
Stringer Literary Agency represent my writing to the world.
Now that you've read Erica's bio, here's her interview!
Who is Erica Hayes?
Well, that’d be me :) I live in Newcastle, and I write dark, sexy urban fantasy/romance. At the moment, I’m on holidays in France. It’s a tough life.
Who influenced you or what appeals to you about this genre?
I love the action, as well as the romance. And I like to explore the dark and dingy side of magical.
Share a bit about your next release, where can we buy it?
My new book is called POISON KISSED. It’s a story of unrequited passion, betrayal and revenge — but also of redemption.
It’s out today, September 28 (yay!) and in Australia you can get it (for now) at specialist romance and fantasy stores. You can read about it at my website: http://www.shadowfae.net/poisonkissed.html
Tell us a bit about the hero/heroine.
The heroine, Mina, is a banshee, and in my world that means ‘kick-ass’ — she’s got a lethal voice, a toxic kiss and whip-smart fighting skills. She works as a a gang enforcer for her boss, Joey, on whom she’s had a desperate crush since he saved her life years ago. But Joey is cold to her, and she’s convinced she’ll never be good enough for him. Her deepest desire — apart from Joey’s love — is to hunt down and kill her mother’s murderer.
Joey’s a snake-shifter, and he loves and loathes his creature in equal measure. He’s chilly and standoffish with Mina, reluctant to let her close in case his gang rivals use her against him, and because he fears she’ll shrink away from the monster inside him.
Their relationship is tense, passionate and angry. They fight a lot, but they can barely keep their hands off each other. And that’s just in the first few chapters :)
What’s next for you?
I’ve written book #4 in the series, entitled BLOOD CURSED, which should be out early in 2011. So I’m cooking up ideas for book #5, and I’m working on a new space opera story.
Where to now?
I’m doing a blog tour over the next couple of weeks. Tonight Aussie time (28 Sept) I’m at Bitten By Books and on Thursday I’m at Sidhe Vicious.
Big thanks to Kylie for hosting me on her blog today :)
It's been a pleasure, E.!
Beyond the veil of magic, a fairy otherworld pulses with glamour and dark beauty... It's a place where passions run deep and dark — and death is just one kiss away...
Mina is a banshee whose greatest power lies in her siren song. She's beholden to her boss Joey, a snake-shifter who once saved her life and now employs her as a gang enforcer. She refuses to upset the fragile balance between them by admitting that she longs for him, that his embrace is the only thing she craves more than revenge for her mother's death...
When Mina learns that Joey may have been involved in her mother's murder, fury threatens to spill out of her, note by vicious note. She and Joey have always trusted each other to stay alive, but now she's not sure what to believe. The evidence stacked against him — or the one man who haunts her dreams and burns in her blood...
Now, as an extra bonus and very cool thing, Erica is giving away a copy of POISON KISSED. To be in the running leave a comment about the interview and good luck. Winner will be announced 10th October on this blog.
(*PLEASE NOTE: Erica's on holiday in France, so the winner of her POISON KISSED give-away will have to wait until she comes home - around Oct.17th - for her to post it to them.)
Want to find out more about Erica? Visit her website!
Erica's SHADOWFAE CHRONICLES include: