February 25, 2020

Writer Wednesday: Erica Lucke Dean, Author of TO KATIE WITH LOVE

Happy release day to my friend and fellow author, Erica Lucke Dean! I don’t think I’ve ever met another author who was so excited about sharing her book with the world, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the celebration. We’re very fortunate that Erica agreed to an interview, because now that her new book, To Katie With Love, has hit the shelves, she’s sure to be the next bestseller! Be sure to read on for details about how you can pick up Erica’s new release and enter her giveaway. :)

First, let’s learn more about this amazing author:

Author Bio: After walking away from my career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, I moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains where I live in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with my workaholic husband, my 180lb lap dog, and at least one ghost. Much like the main character in my newest book, To Katie With Love, I’m a magnet for disaster, and have been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces. How I’ve managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.

Now tell us something about you that your bio doesn’t include. Feel free to make us laugh!

When I’m not busy writing or tending to my collection of crazy chickens, diabolical ducks, and a quintet of piglets, hell bent on having me for dinner, I’m either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub.

Tell us about some of the unique elements in To Katie with Love. What inspired you to write it?

As I mentioned, I’m a huge fan of karaoke (I try to go at least once a week) and I actually wrote chapter one of the book while sitting in a smoky bar waiting for my turn to go sing. Other than my husband, sitting across from me, I was amazed to discover there wasn’t a single good looking guy in the place, and it made me realize how lucky I was to be out of the dating game. From that realization, Katie James was born.

Who is (or has been) your favorite character to write and why?

I feel very connected to Katie, and I’m madly in love with Cooper, but I had the most fun writing Silvia and Vicky. Mostly because they’re both devious in different ways. They kept me laughing the whole time.

What is something you think people should know about To Katie with Love before they start reading?

To Katie With Love is a fun romp with a zany cast of characters and a healthy dose of fluffy romance. But there are twists along the way, and I think the best advice I can give is to just have fun.

When you have time to read, who are some of the authors whose books you have to have on-hand?

My personal stash of books is varied. I’ve been known to read Jill Shalvis, Stephen King, Stephanie Meyer, James Patterson, Dakota Cassidy, Michelle Rowen, and some chick named Raine Thomas.

Aww…I’m honored to be among such great company! Tell us about a book that resonated with you (either recently or prior to your writing career).

Stephen King’s 11/22/63 blew me away.  I literally read the whole book in one sitting. I had to nap while my Nook charged, but other than that, I read it from beginning to end without stopping. Almost 900 pages at once is a crazy ride. But they don’t call him the master for nothing.

What are you reading right now?

You mean when I’m not reading bad Twilight fan fiction? (Hey, don’t judge…I read the shampoo bottle too.) I actually just finished a beta read of Canvas Bound, book one of Laura M. Kolar’s Captive Art series. That book is going to rock when it’s released in the fall.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received regarding your writing/books?

I’ve been told I “nailed the voice” and I write awesome dialogue. And that I’m funny.  I have friends who call me when they’re down in the dumps, solely for my entertainment value. I guess there are worse qualities to have, right?

I couldn’t agree more! Okay…quick response time. What is your fave:

Food? My current food obsession is a buffalo chicken wrap at the Whistle Stop in Blue Ridge. I get it every Tuesday when I go to sing karaoke.

Guilty pleasure? This is where the Twilight fan fiction comes back into play. It is most definitely my guilty pleasure.

TV show? The only TV show I really pay attention to these days is The Vampire Diaries. And in an awesome twist of fate, my daughter will be appearing in an upcoming episode as an extra. But I don’t have any good scoop. She’s been sworn to secrecy as to what happens in that episode.

Beverage? Since I’ve given up Diet Coke, my beverage of choice has become root beer. IBC if at all possible, but I know I need to kick the root beer habit too, and stick to water. It’s a hard habit to break.

Place to be? My favorite place to be is honestly at home in my pajamas. And that’s just sad. Haha…I’m really a homebody. But if I had to pick a second place it would on stage, belting out Stevie Nicks on a karaoke stage.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

I would just like to thank my readers. Being a writer can be a very solitary existence, and without readers, we’re really just writing for ourselves. The people who follow my blog are some of the most devoted fans/friends/family I could ever ask for, and I can only hope I’m as lucky with the readers of my books. I owe every success to the readers. So thank you!

Where can we stalk find you?

My website : www.ericaluckedean.com, Twitter : www.twitter.com/ericaluckedean, Facebook : www.facebook.com/ericaluckedean, Goodreads : www.goodreads.com/ericaluckedean

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Now that we’ve learned a little more about Erica, check out the blurb for her fantastic new book, To Katie With Love, just released by Red Adept Publishing!

Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She’d almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she’s remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell.

Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie’s 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory… Cooper’s bedroom!

Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems.

Who would have guessed having an assassin for a boyfriend would be the least of her worries?

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