Erin O'Riordan has been writing compulsively since she could hold a pencil, and professionally since 2006. More than forty of her short stories, essays, and film reviews have been published in numerous magazines and websites. Beltane, her first novel, is the first in the twelve-part "Pagan Spirits" series. The literary character she most closely resembles is an untamed Shakespearean shrew.
Today, Erin O'Riordan contributor to
Bookpleasures.com interviews Andie Lee Eames-Peck (A. L.
Peck). A.L. is a freelance writer and journalist. She divides her
time between the United States and Ireland. Andie is the author
of Abstract Murder, a fast-paced tale of
psychological suspense and terror published in 2008 by AuthorHouse.
Good day A.L. and thanks for participating in our interview
A. L., when did you write your first book? How did you get it published? How long did it take?
I wrote my first book 10 years ago but didn't publish it due to content. I was told I didn't have the name to publish this type of book. It was called Daddy's Little Girl. It dealt with the first black American President embroiled in an incestuous relationship with his daughter who killed him by poisoning him with nicotine; the man smoked three packs a day. She developed Multiple Personality Disorder which led her to kill. Abstract Murder is my first book to be published. I published it myself through Authorhouse, which isn't a vanity press, September 2008. With editing it took about a year to complete that aspect of publishing.
Which do you find leads you to your best writing: your triumphs or your tragedies? Do you write from joy or pain?
Hmm, that's an excellent and difficult question
but I'll take a stab at it. My writings depend on what's going on in
my life which is usually hectic and chaotic. I write from pain then
turn it around and show the joy that comes from certain types of
pain. Life is a journey and every once in a while we're going to hit
pot holes that make child birth feel like a bad case of cramps. Not
to sound cliché, but sometimes there is no growth or gain without
pain…though I wish there were.
Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
My biggest influence that's a tough one but
thinking back it had to be J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. For
me it was the first book that let you know the world isn't exactly
what it appears and neither are the people. But Edgar Allan Poe also
influenced me via his personal struggles and losses that so
eloquently appear on the pages he wrote.
Do you read for pleasure? If so, what kind of books do you like to read?
I'm severely dyslexic so, I don't read a lot. I've been asked "How can you write if your dyslexia is so severe?" The only thing that I can tell you is it's less difficult to write than it is to read! My trouble is inverting words that create real words, so spell check doesn't pick up on them. I have to be extra diligent. If there is a book that catches my attention then I'll listen to them on audio. Thomas Harris and James Patterson have had influences on me.
What has been the most significant book you've read (or listened to) in your life?
Again I'd have to say Catcher in the Rye is pretty significant though I've never seen myself as "Holden Caulfield." Growing up through my teens and early adult years I could understand why he did some of the things that he did, though.
What project are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on a graphic novel with my cousin in Ireland, Sarah McCartney. It's called Carpe Ominous: The Rise of Aliens. The basis of this story is that the first human mistook the first aliens who came to Earth as Gods when they're just a superior species of aliens and that God and Satan are the same being but different aspects. The Alpha (God) The Omega (Satan) have started battling over who should have dominion over the human race. This time instead of having a celestial war, they're bringing it to earth to help rip away the blinders from the eyes of the human species that is on the brink of being wiped out. You can visit my website to view the origins of the book.
Thanks once again for participating in our interview
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