Saturday, September 12, 2015

Author Saturday Spotlight: Megan Erickson #Interview #Giveaway

It's pretty damn fabulous to have Megan Erickson as my author spotlight this fine Saturday. She's such an outstanding writer with incredible depth. She's written such amazing books, Trust the Focus, Focus on Me, Gamers series, and Bowler University series, and so much more. Today we will take a look as some of her books, have a little chat, and in the end there's gonna be a giveaway.




With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.




Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.




Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…








Some things are sexier the second time around.

Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art...all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna MacMillan-his biggest mistake---walks into Payton and Sons mechanic shop all grown up, looking like sunshine, and inspiring more than a few dirty thoughts.

Jenna was sure she was long over the boy she'd once loved with reckless abandon, but one look at the steel-eyed Cal Payton has her falling apart all over again. Ten years may have passed, but the pull is stronger than ever... and this Cal is all man.

Cal may have no intention of letting Jenna in, but she's always been his light, and it's getting harder to stay all alone in the dark. When a surprise from the past changes everything, Cal and Jenna must decide if their connection should be left alone or if it's exactly what they need for the future of their dreams.


INTERVIEW


Thank you so much for being here today, Megan. I am a huge fan of yours. I have a few questions for you today, hopefully they aren’t too painful.

Well thank you for having me! Happy to be here. 

According to your bio you worked as a journalist before becoming a published author. Can you tell us a little about that in more depth? What sort of stories? Where did your journalism take you?

I first worked as a copy editor on the night desk, so I had a shift that started in the late afternoon and stretched until early morning.  Which was interesting, for sure. I often would head to the press room and double check the early papers for major errors and things like that. Then I worked as an education reporter, although that also involved some beat work on the weekends. I covered fires, shootings, you name it. A lot happens on the job, that’s for sure.

Do a lot of your real life experiences play into your stories?

I think there’s a little bit of me in everything I write – my humor, my experiences. Every once in a while I’ll write a random situation that actually happened to me. For instance, the book I’m writing now – OUT OF FRAME (In Focus #3) – takes place on a spring break cruise ship. I drew on my own experiences from my senior year spring break cruise.

I haven’t heard a bad word about your series In Focus. I can’t see how there could be. Do you have a set number of books that you’ve planned for this series, or are you winging it?

Thank you so very much for that compliment. The response to this series has been amazing and really life-changing for me. I so appreciate the reader support and response so so much. As of now, there will be four books in the series. The next two will be published in 2016. After that, I plan to move on, but it certainly won’t be the last m/m series I write.

Many authors I have spoken too always say they have this ultimate goal when it comes to their writing. What is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal is not really tangible. I want to continue to do what I love and make a living doing it. Having a movie made from one of my books wouldn’t be too shabby either.

You brilliantly balance the genre lines. Do you find one genre easier to write than the other, and besides the obvious, what are the major differences?

Thank you so much for that! Sometimes I think I’m just really bad at branding myself, haha, but I like to write different stories. Creatively, I need to switch it up or my writing feels stale. I really love writing New Adult because I love exploring the experiences during that age. And adult is fun too because I love writing the more mature characters. And m/m is always near and dear to my heart! I like non-contemporary too and have some sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to fix them up.
I don’t really think any genre is harder than the other. I just have to make sure I’m really in that “zone” for whatever genre I’m working on.

How do you celebrate a book launch?

Honestly, I usually just like to call out for dinner and then have a beer. Ha! I’m kinda boring but mostly by the time the evening rolls around, I’m ready to zone out.

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on?

Yes! I’m finishing up edits on DIRTY DEEDS (Mechanics of Love #3) as well as THAT THING, which is a short story I’m writing for a charity anthology out in December. And I’m writing OUT OF FRAME (In Focus #3,) which I’m really, really enjoying! For those who’ve read FOCUS ON ME, readers are briefly introduced to the shy Quinn. And this is his book.

Have you ever had writer’s block and what has worked best to get you out of that funk?

I don’t really get writer’s block but I do get burned out sometimes. The best thing for me is to take a day off, disconnect from social media, and do something that reminds me there are real live people out in the world, haha. 

How can your fans follow you? Twitter, Facebook, Website?

Twitter and Facebook are the best ways to follow me. I tweet a lot and I do giveaways fairly frequently on Facebook. I try my best to keep my website up to date since I have a lot of series going on at once. Please follow me! Tweet me! Message me! I love readers.

Thank you so much for your time, Megan. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to read more of your work.

Thanks so much for having me! This was fun!


 GIVEAWAY

Megan Erickson is doing a reader's choice giveaway. One person will win any of her ebooks.
Simply enter the rafflecopter below! COntest will run until Friday,  September 18th. 
Winner will be contacted via email so please make sure to check your spam.
Thank you to Megan for being awesome and sharing her time with us.

Good luck to you all!




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7 comments:

  1. I like the tropes Friends to Lover and I also like when Opposites attract.

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  2. I enjoy the opposites attract also!

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  3. i love best friends to lovers stories

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  4. age gap (May/December), relationship (marriage/boyfriend) of convenience

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  5. I love GFY and friends to lovers--especially when they are combined. :)

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  6. I like most of tropes, bar a few taboo ones :)

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