Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Promises She Keeps by

Welcome to Author Erin Healy.

Bio:
Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gilbert Morris, Frank Peretti,Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.

She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding stories before their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”

Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She lives with her family in Colorado.

http://www.erinhealy.com/

Interview: 

How would you describe the target audience for your book? How would you classify your book (which genre)? What rating would you give your book? G, PG, PG-13, R Why?
My supernatural suspense novels are for men and women fascinated by the intersections between our physical and spiritual worlds. I write stories from a Christian point of view about how awareness of the spiritual influences the human experience. I’d rate the stories PG-13, because they deal with adult themes, and also because I believe that kids’ exploring spiritual truths benefit from a parent’s wisdom.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The Promises She Keeps elevates the value of everlasting love over the world’s values of fame, celebrity, and magical thinking.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The Baker’s Wife, about a Christian family taken hostage by a police officer whose wife is missing, comes out in October. I hope each of my books will do an increasingly better job of portraying the beauty of living in the present with eternity in mind.

How do you react to a bad review?
I read bad reviews in the context of good reviews. Did I disappoint my core readers, or did I disappoint someone who isn’t interested in my themes to begin with? Both types review my books, and I have to sort these out. When I let down my core readers, I try to figure out why, to see if I can make adjustments that better serve both the story and the audience.

What is your favorite Quote?
Max the Miracle Man, in The Princess Bride: “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.”

What is one book everyone should read?
The Fountainhead. Whatever you think of Ayn Rand’s extreme humanism, this novel challenged me to ask myself, Why would I ever settle for mediocrity in any area of my life? It’s an important question for everyone. God calls us to excellence.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I would really love to dive into the pools of The Magician’s Nephew and come up in the Narnia that Aslan had yet to create … then sit and watch and simply breathe in the power of its birth.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Jane Eyre captivated me as a thirteen-year-old—the mystery, the romance, the tragedy, but especially Jane’s courage to bring light into a dark place after all she suffered as a child.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
This is really hard for me to answer. But I’ll start with Chaim Potok, Annie Dillard, Jane Kirkpatrick, Lisa Samson, Marilynne Robinson, and Dean Koontz. Yeah, I’m all over the place.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read consciously, and make note of the specific emotions you feel (positive or negative) as you read. When you’re finished, read again while asking yourself, What did the author do that caused me to feel that way? Learn to name the causes and effects of particular creative choices. This is a great way to learn about writing techniques to master and avoid.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I love living here and now, when technology and an explosion of knowledge has made it possible for us to travel—literally or figuratively—to any era. Mostly I wouldn’t want to live anywhere that I couldn’t access hot running water. Seriously, though, we live in an astonishing period of great spiritual significance, and God is calling on all our creative and intellectual gifts to survive it. It’s terrifying and thrilling.

The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy:

It’s her destiny to die young. The man who loves her can’t live with that.

Promise, a talented young vocalist with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging witch and art collector in search of the goddess who will grant her immortality.

When Promise inexplicably survives a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that Promise is the one she seeks. But Chase, an autistic artist who falls in love with Promise and opposes Porta, comes between the women with his mysterious visions and drawings, and plunges everyone into a flesh-and-blood confrontation over the true meaning of eternal life.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of The Promises She Keeps
Open Internationally
Ends 3/31