Erin Cawood is a UK-based author I’ve come to know recently. She’s a delightful woman and a terrific writer. Her debut novel, Tainted Love is the first of the Valentina Secrets series.
Erin is also a great example of someone who gives back. 50% of the royalties from her series will be donated to charities supporting those affected by abusive relationships.
It’s my pleasure to welcome the lovely Erin Cawood to tell you more about herself and her books.
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Read a blurb about Tainted Love
For anyone in a relationship, the words ‘we need to talk’ can only mean one thing. In the last twenty-two years, the McKenzies have been through it, survived it, learned by it, and grown stronger from it, because life didn’t stop for breath when they needed it. Amongst the tears and the tragedies, the hopes and happiness, they’ve built something amazing: a happy family, a luxury lifestyle and a booming empire. Don’t they deserve to have it all?
But for the perfect wife, those four sinister words mean something entirely different. They’re a summons into a private world where what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.
Faith has no doubt in Calvin’s undying love for her. It’s what kept her sane in the darkest hours. If only she could figure out what it is she does wrong… because it’s rapidly becoming apparent their tainted love is running out of time.
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Inside Erin’s Mind
[Erin] First of all, thank you Eden for having me. I’ve really enjoyed reading your work and I’m thrilled you asked me to be here.
[eden] My pleasure to have you here, Erin! I know readers are anxious to learn more about you, so let’s get started. Tell me …
What turns you on creatively? Anything and everything. “Your voice is one that runs and hides” is the first line from the poem ‘A Star in Heaven’. It appeared the moment I read something someone said about Faith, the main character from Tainted Love, and how she’s given a voice to many women in abusive relationships who simply don’t have the courage to speak out themselves. This poem it one of the most emotive poems I’ve ever written.
[eden] I love when poems can speak to you. Abuse is a heavy subject and it’s brave of you to tackle it in your fiction.
Tell me what makes you happy. Anything purple, or a toffee nut latte and an apple and cinnamon muffin, or a bar of caramelized hazelnut chocolate, or pizza. I’m easily pleased. Seriously though, for me, perfect happiness is found in my family and friends. They’re there when I need to talk, when I need to hug (it can be a cyber one). They’re there for all the fun times too and let me tell you 25 people sleeping in a two bedroom bungalow at Christmas is a blast!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? You know, my characters tend to do a lot of locking gazes in first drafts, and you know, their blood boils that much I’m surprised they haven’t spontaneously combusted yet. LOL! And you know I use this phase an awful lot too. Thank god for awesome editors who pick up on these things, that’s what I say!
What qualities do you most admire? I admire a person (man woman or child) who never gives up. Who has the ability to continually fight for what they want, for what they believe in, no matter what or who stands in their way and regardless of how many times their have to try. Someone who gives it their all, time and time again.
If it was easy you wouldn’t appreciate it when you got there. So keep reaching in life because it will happen, and it will be all the more worth it when it does.
[eden] I SO agree.
Do you have any big regrets? I stopped worrying about the things I couldn’t change after I was diagnosed with a lifelong medical condition that dictates my day-to-day life. I’m not saying I haven’t made mistakes. I have and I’m sure I’ll make many more in the future. But those mistakes have made me the person I am today. I’ve learned from them and then moved on from them. I can’t change them.
Let’s say you could change one thing about yourself. What would it be? If I could change one thing about myself, it would be that I always take on too much. I’m an author, I’m studying for a degree, and I have a part-time job. I never stop. On the rare occasion I watch television it involves surfing social networks and editing, reading, or outlining if I’m not doing homework for University.
[eden] That’s a lot on your plate, Erin. I admire you, and it’s a good time to give readers a peek of the second book in your Valentina Secrets series. Just another example of how you NEVER stop!
Tell me your greatest fear if you have one. Heights… no spiders … no creepy crawlies *shudder* NO! Things hiding in the sand when you’re swimming in the sea, yikes! I was bit by a crab when I was like 9 years old on Blackpool beach and face flopped right into the water!
Which living person do you most admire? My Mum. She’s done and achieved the things she wanted in life and encouraged me to do the same. I’m from a very big family and I’m one of the youngest so standing on my own two feet was never really required until I became an adult. My mum has given me the advice and the self belief to face down some of my life’s toughest moments.
[eden] Awww … she sounds amazing.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I spent a long time doing plan B then I was made redundant and continued on the same path of plan B and within months I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I applied to university to study what I’d been doing as a hobby for years, web design, digital communication and internet marketing. I love it. At the same time I published my first novel. There is nothing else I’d like to do.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Either a dolphin or a cat.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? At 14 I said I was going to be a published author. At 25, when I started my first novel, I said I wanted to be published before I was 30. At 30, I published Tainted Love. I’m still buzzing over this achievement.
[eden] Great achievement. Congratulations!
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Everyone else is to blame for the poor outcomes in their life. I can really get on my soapbox about this one so in short: The cosmos is the cosmos and what happens in life, happens. It’s not what happens that make you the person you are, it’s how you deal with it.
What is your greatest extravagance? My sparkly nails, my purple hair (Jeez! I’m such a girl) and Coffee… A good decaf is so expensive!
[eden] You ARE such a girl!
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I’d love to see the Aurora Borealis, you can see in many places but for me, for whatever reason, I want to see it in the Canadian Rockies.
Who is your favorite writer? My literary hero has to be Danielle Steel. I read The Gift when I was 14 and knew I was going to be an author.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Fiddlesticks. Best. Curse word. Ever!
What is your motto? I’m a firm believer that you can achieve anything you put your mind to and therefore I live by the motto “Only you make your dreams come true.”
And of course, “Because True Love Can Conquer Anything.”
[eden] Well said, Erin. Especially for a non-romantic like me!
Readers, I invite you to say “hi” to Erin and follow her and her upcoming series. Connect to all her links below.
Erin Cawood has been reading and writing romance since her early teens and the discovery of chick-lit in her early twenties brought its own special twist to her writing style. She loves a lead character you can really get behind and cheer on for every step of the way. Thus, ends up sliding around and sometimes into the darker, edgier side of romantic fiction.
Erin lives in Leeds, UK, with her partner of thirteen years and their fourteen year old cat and spends her days somewhere between fiction world and student world. Before returning to full time education two years ago, Erin had worked at a theme park, a convenience store, a public house/restaurant both in the kitchen and waitressing, as an insurance agent and currently works part time in a customer contact centre.
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