Erin Mackey is the author of Laurel Hill, New Beginnings. It is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.
Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about you as an author, and the story behind this book!
First, some particulars:
Title of the Audiobook We Just Produced:
Laurel Hill, New Beginnings Book 1
What City do you live in?
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
Erin: I think just "the unknown" since I had never created an audiobook before. It was completely unjustified.
IHS: And, as a follow up, was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
Erin: No, nothing I should have worried about.
IHS: What was your favorite part about listening to this book come to life?
Erin: Hearing the book being narrated made it come to life in a way that was amazing!
IHS: Whether fiction or non fiction, books are inspired work from authors. What was your muse for this book?
Erin: I used the small town that I grew up in as inspiration for Laurel Hill. Some of my childhood is also reflected in the story.
IHS: Is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
Erin: No, writing is my “second full-time job”. My primary job is a Systems Analyst for Wells Fargo.
IHS: Many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
Erin: I have listened to audiobooks in the past but do not do it regularly.
IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book suddenly get a voice?
Erin: Amazing! It really brought the characters to life as if they had lives and minds of their own.
IHS: Assuming everything you want from this book and audiobook comes true, what do you see as the big dream result?
Erin: My big goal is to be able to write full-time as my primary job so I am hoping that this will help to bring my writing to the notice of a literary agent or publishing house to accomplish that goal.
IHS: Let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and listener comments? What do you most like to see in the comments?
Erin: Yes, I read my reviews and comments and I love when someone loves Laurel Hill as much as I do. I love the story and the characters so when someone else feels the same way, it makes me very happy.
IHS: Once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new release?
Erin: I utilize all of my social media accounts to spread the word about a new release. I also send out press releases.
IHS: What advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming an author?
Erin: Anyone can be an author if they have a story to tell. You don’t have to plan on being an author from a young age in order to achieve this dream – you can start writing your story any time in your life.
IHS: Finally, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook?
Erin: I highly recommend that authors take advantage of the audiobook world! I’m Hearing Stories made this process very easy and exciting and I recommend it to every author!
Wow! Thank you for the support!
Now, we’d love to get some more insight on the Top 10 Reasons to Be An Author. And in 10 words or less, Why?
You get to live in a make believe world when you write.
People get to read a story that was inside your head.
Getting recognized by someone who has read your book is amazing.
You can meet fans and talk about your book with them.
Who else can “kill someone off” and not get in trouble for it?
You get to meet other authors and talk about their books and their writing process.
You can make anything come to life with words.
You get to make up fictional worlds and design them any way you want.
You get inspiration from every day things you see or hear for books.
Getting your first printed copy of a book that you wrote gives you a feeling of great accomplishment and joy.
I love telling my stories to children and adults alike.
That's awesome! Okay, Erin, would you like to share with us your Social Media links so our followers so can find out more about you?
And your Author Bio?
Erin Mackey is a passionate Children’s Book and Young Adult Author known for her engaging storylines, visually striking picture books, and highly relatable characters. Over the course of her writing career, she has authored middle grade fiction Laurel Hill: New Beginnings Book 1, picture book The Sleeping Flower, and young adult fiction Gossamer Realm: New Sight Book 1 as well as numerous picture books. She also presently has several books in the works including book 2 of the Laurel Hill series, a new picture book Snowflake’s Big Journey, book 2 in the Gossamer Realm series and a stand-alone fiction Hunt for Eden’s Secrets.
Perfect! Thank you so much for your time today, Erin!
Folks, we give you: Erin Mackey, multitalented author.