Monday, February 11, 2019

Desolate Paths - Romantic Suspense

When rehab is Brooke Hollen’s only chance at redemption, she runs straight to it. But can she survive the serial killer who hides amongst the damaged and healing? And can she trust Kyle Reston, another rehab resident, who wants to take her under his wing? Or is he responsible for the residents who keep disappearing?

Today I am so happy to introduce author, Erin Unger. She has written a romantic suspense called Desolate Paths and I'm super excited!

Romantic suspense is one of my personal favorite things to read so you know I jumped at the chance to interview her.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

If I could go back—and boy do I wish I could—I’d tell myself to start writing!! Like right now. I wish I’d figured out God’s plan fifteen years sooner because it’s a long and arduous process becoming an author.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Funny you should ask. My Kryptonite is way more persistent than Superman’s. It’s my mostly grown kids. As soon as the ‘Do not disturb’ sign goes up on my office door, suddenly they have a million questions and emergencies. And I have to help them right then. Nothing can wait. It’s so hard to send them away without dealing with their crises.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Ooh, this is an easy one. Erynn Newman’s book Out of Darkness is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, yet few people know about it. It should be on the NYT bestseller’s list for sure.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? I love hiding a secret mulligan in every book I write. It’s a single name. I dare my readers to search for it. It can be a place or a person. And it means a lot to me because it stands for the beginning of a lot of things for me. Like where I first started writing and where I matured the most.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Writer’s block is worse and more real than the biggest monster in your closet. I’ve suffered from it several times in my writing career. And I have friends who’ve struggled with it too. I even almost considered quitting because I had it so bad at one point. But thankfully God has kept me going and equipped me with better writing techniques to get past it.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

I write because I feel God called me to be a writer. I even tried to give up and tell Him he was wrong about me becoming a writer. I’m sure you can imagine it didn’t work. It’s the way I minister to others in this world, and it’s very spiritual watching my characters grow in Christ. I even find myself growing with my characters as they are learning spiritual truths sometimes.

A big thanks to Erin for her thoughtful answers.

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Short Bio:

Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her novel, Desolate Paths, released January 11, 2019.


Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Erin,
I can't wait to read your story. I agree, the writing journey takes longer than one might think. And mom duties are never ending.
Congratulations on your new release.

Erin Unger said...

Thanks for having me Raquel! I love connecting with other suspense writers.

Erin Unger said...

Barbara, thanks so much for your support! You're right about mom duties. Even when they're all grown up they can still keep you busy.

Mary Felkins said...

So true about the semi-adults who seem to need me more now than before. They can feed and clothe and bathe themselves, drive and take college courses but somehow I'm the answer to all their probs when I'm on deadline. Loved getting to know a deeper layer of you here, Erin!

Erin Unger said...

Thanks Mary! I'm so thankful to you for commenting and being part of my book support system.

KellyJGoshorn said...

Great interview! So loved your book!

Raquel Byrnes said...

It was such a pleasure to host you! So excited for your story!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

LOL! Love that your 'Kryptonite' is your adult children, Erin!

Our children and grandchildren can surprise us at any age LOL.

Great interview

Erin Unger said...

Thanks Kelly for stopping in!

Erin Unger said...

Hi Pam! Thanks for commenting.