Today on the Blog we have an interview with Erica Lee. New to the writing scene, Erica writes books with LGBT representation, including her latest lesbian romance release, The One to Hold your Hand.
Read on to find out about Erica’s inspirations, thoughts about writing and news about what we can expect from her next!
Introducing The One to Hold Your Hand…
Reese James’ life was never easy. Trying to stay upbeat and positive while her twin sister battled cancer took its toll on her. The one thing getting her through was her relationship with her lifelong best friend Bette Mitchell. Unfortunately, constantly blurring the lines between friendship and something more was destined to blow up at some point, and that’s exactly what happened when Reese hit her rock bottom.
After losing her father, Bette Mitchell didn’t know how she would ever feel okay again. The thing she did know was there was one person who understood exactly how it felt to lose someone close to her. The problem was she and Reese had barely spoken after Bette broke her heart three years earlier.
But now Reese is back in town for the funeral and willing to do anything to help Bette smile again. Well, almost anything. She can’t let go of what happened the night everything fell apart between them.
A look back on Reese and Bette’s relationship through the years shows what brought them to the point they are at today. Is their history enough to lead them into a future together or is there too much heartbreak between them to move forward?
If this interests you, we have an entire feature Blog post on The One to Hold Your Hand that you can read here.
So first let’s start with an introduction to Erica..
Erica Lee finished writing her first book, Dear Santa: I’m Gay, in December 2016. Since then, she has published a total of fifteen books.
Erica currently lives in Pennsylvania with her wife, son, dog, chinchilla, and bunny. She spends her days working as an optometrist and her nights snuggled up on the couch with her little family, binging on netflix or youtube.
Could you tell us a about your new release? What inspired you?
Taylor Swift was actually a big inspiration for my newest book. Listening to Folklore gave me all the feels and I just kind of took off from there. I don’t want to give it away, but I challenge anyone who reads it to figure out which parts were based off of Taylor Swift songs.
I love that you were inspired by Taylor and her music! So going back, when did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve loved writing since I was little. Back when kids were saying they wanted to be astronauts, I was telling people I wanted to be a writer. Unfortunately, I let life and expectations get in the way and didn’t think this was a realistic dream until just a few years ago. When I first published a book and realized people actually read it, I was like, “Wow, this is actually a thing I can do.”When I first published a book and realized people actually read it, I was like, “Wow, this is actually a thing I can do.” Tweet This
Whilst you were dreaming about being a writer, what was your favorite childhood book?
I loved all of the Ramona Quimby books growing up. My dad and I used to sit in the family room and read them together. It’s one of my favorite memories from my childhood.
What do you think makes a good story?
That’s a hard question. Right when I think I know the formula to make a good story, a writer puts something out I never would have thought of and I have another “wow” moment.
Why do you think we need more LGBTQIA+ representation?
Everyone deserves to feel represented. Growing up, I never saw gay people. If there were any in my small town they were hidden in the closet and they weren’t shown in tv or movies with the exception of being some sort of comedic relief. When I started to struggle with my sexuality, I felt weird and different. I didn’t think I could have a normal life. This representation shows people they don’t have to be afraid. Also, who doesn’t want to read/watch two girls falling in love?!
If you could tell your younger (writing) self anything, what would it be?
Being a writer isn’t a crazy pipe dream you’ll never achieve. Don’t let doubts sneak in and keep you away from your writing. It’s your passion, and that’s important."Being a writer isn’t a crazy pipe dream you’ll never achieve. Don’t let doubts sneak in and keep you away from your writing. It’s your passion, and that’s important." Tweet This
So Erica, what can we expect to see from you next?
My book, The One to Hold Your Hand was released on January 23rd. I am also working on a spin off to Twice Upon a Time. Sometime by the middle of 2021, I will also be releasing my first children’s book featuring a chinchilla!
We loved learning more about Erica in this interview! If you would like to pre-order the spin off to Twice Upon a Time, called Her Time, you can find a link here.
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