Friday, January 16, 2015

Interview and Giveaway: Erin Fletcher (On Writing)

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have my friend (and YA author) Erin Fletcher on the blog! We're talking about her debut book, WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME, as well as her writing process, favorite books, and any other writerly advice she has to keep us all inspired and motivated.

And because free books are basically THE BEST, there's a giveaway link below so you can enter to win a copy of Erin's latest book. The winner will get to choose their favorite format: either a digital copy from Amazon or a personalized, autographed copy from Erin. Your choice!

Before we get started, a little bit more about Erin, her book, and where you can find HER online.

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running
from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and
stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't
sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.

About Erin: YA writer. Lover of coffee and flip flops. Represented by John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary. You can find her on Twitter and her Blog.

Welcome, Erin!

Your debut novel, WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME, was a NaNo book, right?
(For those that aren't familiar, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which happens every November. It challenges writers to write an entire novel in one month.)

Yes, it was. I’ve participated in NaNo three times, and absolutely loved it. The combination of having a manageable goal (1,667 words per day) along with a community of supportive writers works well for me. NaNo requires you to turn off your inner editor for a month, which can be a good thing!

Can you tell me a little bit about how the idea for WYFM came about?
Strangely enough, I got the idea for WYFM from my parents’ house. I stepped into their pitch-black garage and sneezed. Then my thoughts went something like this: It would be creepy if the garage wasn’t as empty as I thought it was, and someone said “Bless you.” It would be even creepier if the person who said “bless you” was living in the garage without anyone realizing it. Oh! What if a teenage girl was the sneezer and discovered the teenage Garage Boy while sneaking out somewhere? And what if, instead of kicking him out, she fell in love with him? The book kind of wrote itself from there!
I know you're working on other projects right now...are you typically a plotter or a pantser? Maybe a mixture of both?

I am definitely both a plotter and a pantser. For WYFM, I was a pantser. I didn’t know why Nate was living in Hanley’s garage until Hanley herself found out! For the most recent manuscript I completed, I was a plotter. A friend recommended Save the Cat, and even though it’s originally for screenplay writers, the format worked well for plotting out my novel!
Do you use a writing software? If so, what kind, and what are your favorite things about it? (I'm seriously thinking about investing in something soon!)

Scrivener is my favorite thing ever! It’s great for keeping writing organized. It’s incredibly easy to move sections or even whole chapters around. It’s like an outline and a word processer all in one. Plus, it has progress bars showing overall progress and daily progress. I’m easily motivated by graphs. The only downside is that it takes a little while to get used to. I’m still probably not using all of the available features, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it!
Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? I know everyone seems to have their own method...what does it look like for you?

I usually start my writing process by creating an outline with the “notecards” in Scrivener. Then I write my first draft while periodically sending chapters to at least one critique partner to make sure I’m on the right track. Once the first draft is done, I revise as needed (anywhere from a few tweaks to a complete overhaul) and send the whole thing to beta readers. I revise again based on comments from beta readers, then send it off to my agent!
Best writing moment you've had thus far?

The best moment so far was when I found out WYFM was going to be published. Since I’ve wanted to be a published author for so long, it was a dream come true!
Any advice to share with new writers?

My advice for new writers is to surround yourself with experienced writers and learn as much as you can from them. Find critique partners who aren’t afraid to be honest and give constructive criticism. Read within your genre and notice what different authors do really well. Take writing classes and read books about the craft. If you do that, you’ll make it!
Favorite books you've read? And...go! 
Every Day by David Levithan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Paper Towns by John Green
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Ooohhh, I've read *most* of those, but there's one I'll definitely be adding to my own reading list!

Thanks again for stopping by, Erin. It's fun and inspiring to hear how other writer brains work!

If you'd like to win a copy of WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME, you can enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below! All you need is an email address and a bit of luck!

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Until next time...peace, love and books!


  1. Great interview! This sounds like an awesome YA book to read, and I loved the advice the author gave new writers. Looking forward to more posts like this.

    Check out my review:

  2. Before I fall is one of my favorite books too.
    It's so cool that she wrote the book at NANO.
    Great interview

    1. Mine too, Ruty! I'm a big Lauren Oliver fan!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love Erin's book! And I'm so flattered that she mentioned mine. :)
    Kimberly Marcus