About Erica Monroe:
Erica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of emotional, suspenseful romance. Her debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, has been nominated in the published historical category for the prestigious 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense. Though she has a Bachelor’s degree in writing, she’s been a secretary, a barista, and a retail assistant. Now Erica spends her days crafting lovable rogues and feisty heroines for her historical and new adult series. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina, Kiss of Death Romantic Suspense chapter, and the Beau Monde Regency Romance chapter. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
What inspires you to write?
Many things. Television shows, other books, conversations with friends, news articles. For me, writing is both an escape and a catharsis. I write not only because I want to tell a story, but because I need to get out certain emotions. I’ve told stories for so long I can’t remember not doing so. I write romance because I believe in love and I want others to be able to have happiness from my stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a compulsive planner, so I will plot out a book and then change the outline as I go along. I write in Scrivener but edit in Word. I also use Pinterest to make storyboards for my books and that’s where I put images, quotes, research articles–anything that triggers something in my mind about my books.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to music a lot. That helps me to find a character’s voice.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Even when it seems like it’d be a whole lot easier to quit, you keep going and you continue to tell your stories. I also believe that you always have something to learn. I take a lot of classes and I’m always trying to learn new things about my craft.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I independently publish my books, for many reasons. I like the control it affords me, and the ability to pick my own editor, cover designer, and formatter. I also like the flexibility to set my own deadlines. And because my books cross genres, historical romance and romantic suspense, this allows me to develop a marketing plan that will accurately target all those audiences.
For new writers, I believe that the decision is entirely personal. There is no right way to write or publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love where we are in publishing. There are so many wonderful opportunities available. Niche books–like mine–which previously might not have been published now have a place to shine. It’s amazing to be a part of an industry with so many options.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical romance, romantic suspense
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print