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Sweet Blog Tour - Interview with Erin McCarthy

22 Oct 2013


Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

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Interview with Erin McCarthy

Why did you decide to become an author?

I won a Young Author’s contest in first grade and I was totally hooked.  I was told it was a totally impractical career though and I went to college to be a lawyer.  Yeah.  That didn’t work out.

How do you balance writing with other things in your life?

I’m been doing this for ten years now so I’ve got this one done.  My kids are older and mostly on their own (daughter studies in Ireland, son in finishing high school, but he spent the summer in New York City at NYU) so my time is mine to use or abuse.

What is your favourite thing about being an author?

I meet the coolest people!  I’ve done research at the race track, fire station, police station, and in amazing cities like New Orleans, plus all the awesome readers I’ve encountered over the years and the fellow authors. 

What are your favourite books?

I have random and opposite tastes.  I love horror and thriller novels yet my absolute favorites are Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.  Of course, Jane Eyre does have a gothic tone so maybe it makes sense after all!

What made you decide to write a New Adult romance novel?

Honestly, it was my editor’s suggestion, and I am grateful to her for being so smart.  She knew I enjoy writing a younger heroine and being able to delve more into messier relationships, and she is totally right.  I love the angst of new adult. 

Is there any specific message you wanted to convey in the book?

I wanted to show that first of all someone’s personal sex life is just that- personal – and we have no business judging anyone else’s choices.  Also, that happy relationships come in different forms, from brothers in a dysfunctional household looking out for each other, to a hero and heroine who express affection with laughter and teasing, not traditional romantic gestures. 

What are your plans for future books?

Book three in the series, BELIEVE, will be out in January, and that is Robin’s story (along with a mysterious Mann cousin) and then the fourth book, out in June, will be Kylie’s story.

Do you have any hobbies and Interests unrelated to books?

I love to decorate my house, and I change things all the time.  I also love live music, dance (I bellydance) and I have a slight obsession with anything Halloween or creepy.   

Would you ever consider putting these into any of your books?

A bellydancing heroine?  Haven’t done that yet, and I’m not sure why! 


If you could meet any one author (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Edgar Allan Poe so I could pick his brain and see if he was anything in person like his stories.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.

I’m allergic to chocolate.

What is your favourite food?

Coffee.  That’s a food, right?

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

No comment. LOL. 

If you could be any supernatural creature which would you choose?

Vampire.  Stay young, live forever.  I’m shallow enough to admit that.  Werewolf, too hairy.  Mermaid? Meh.

About the Author

Erin McCarthy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult genres.  The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award.  She lives with her family in Ohio. 



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