#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight

As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…

Meet Erin Casey

Participating Author

Author Spotlight - Erin Casey

Erin Casey graduated from Cornell College in 2009 with degrees in English and Secondary Education.

She attended the Denver Publishing Institute in 2009 and has been a recruiter ever since. She is the Communications and Student Relationships Manager at The Iowa Writers’ House and one of two Directors of The Writers’ Rooms, a non-profit corporation that focuses on creating a free, safe environment for writers no matter their experience, gender, background, and income. Just like in her book, community is very important to her.

An advocate for mental health, Erin’s written and published several articles on the Mighty, specifically about anxiety and depression.

She’s also a devoted bird mom.

When not volunteering and working, she’s writing LGBT/urban/medieval YA fantasy and sharing her literary journey on Instagram and Twitter. One of these days, she might actually get some sleep.

What Genres Do You Write In?

Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself

I’m a fantasy lover through and through. Whether it’s YA, medieval, grim, or urban, I’ll devour it. My muses come in the forms of seven birds who like to perch on my head, try to eat my computer, or fall asleep under a blanket on my chest when I’m feeling stressed. Writing has been my passion since I was young. It’s a part of who I am, and I live for the moments when the world falls away and all that exists is me and the words flowing from my fingers. You know, when writer’s block isn’t turning me into a self-doubting depressed puddle of woe. A writer with depression and anxiety, imagine that? Be in all seriousness, I’m someone who isn’t afraid to talk about mental health and support others who are going through it.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

Bianca was supposed to attend art school in Chicago, not run for her life from Hunters. The only chance she has to survive is to find The Purple Door District, a safe haven for a parahuman like herself. When she stumbles upon a magus named Gladus and a fellow avian named Carlos, she thinks she’s found safety. But the Hunters are relentless, as is the dark force driving them.

Vampire, werewolf, avian, magus

It’s up to the parahumans of the Purple Door District of Chicago to put their differences aside to save Bianca and stop a dark threat from destroying their peaceful community.

This is the first book in a series.

Who is your intended readership?

The books are generally geared towards adults, but since my protagonist is 18, I also try to make it accessible to upper YA readers.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

While I started writing when I was in elementary school, I don’t think I realized I wanted to be a professional author until around high school or college. It started with Redwall fanfiction, and then grew into huge novels of characters set in my own world.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

I would say my main author inspirations are Brian Jacques, Patricia Briggs, and Kristen Britain. They all have very different writing styles but special elements in their writing that inspire me.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

You’re not alone and you are your own worst critic. When you feel like giving up, don’t. Reach out to the writing community, especially on twitter, and find help. We all go through moments of self-doubt and think we’re the worst writers in the world, even the most established authors. You’ve got this.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

Creative walks can be dangerous. I was energized to go exercise and think over the plot lines in my book. Well, I must have been so focused on my story that I didn’t push the door open fast enough. WHAM. I literally face-planted the door. You could see the imprint of my nose, cheek, and mouth in the glass. I split my lip from the force of the blow. I thought it was so funny, I called my friend once I was outside…and tripped in a gopher hole.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?

  • Playing with my birds
  • Reading
  • Listening to music
  • Going into rage fits over Mario Kart
  • Watching youtube let’s play videos about Mario Maker

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

Secrets? Oh my, well, I’m half way through The Purple Door District: Wolf Pit, which is the second book in the series. I’m hoping to release it later this year. My artist just finished the cover for the book, so I’ll be releasing that hopefully in the next month.

"The Purple Door District"

The Purple Door District - Cover

Bianca was supposed to attend art school in Chicago, not run for her life from Hunters. The only chance she has to survive is to find The Purple Door District, a safe haven for a parahuman like herself. When she stumbles upon a magus named Gladus and a fellow avian named Carlos, she thinks she’s found safety. But the Hunters are relentless, as is the dark force driving them.

Vampire, werewolf, avian, magus

It’s up to the parahumans of the Purple Door District of Chicago to put their differences aside to save Bianca and stop a dark threat from destroying their peaceful community.

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