After publishing 20 novels for adults, including Freudian Slip, nominated for best contemporary romance of 2009 by Romantic Times, Erica Orloff took to her Russian ancestry to write the middle grade children’s fantasy series, The Magickeepers, under the pen name Erica Kirov.
Although I've not yet read either of The Magickeepers, I have read Freudian Slip, which involves characters that might seem familiar to persons from a Christian tradition. Angels, demons. People-who-have-yet-to-cross-over. The story in Freudian Slip is fine - enjoyable, well-written, solid characters, blah, blah. It's the theology that blows me away. This has to be the most intelligent contemporary romance since...ever.
A native New Yorker, Erica is a rapid Yankees fan in baseball season, which is really just the warm-up for football and the NY Giants. A mother of four (not to mention the three dogs, cat, hedgehog, python, and parrot), she balances writing with motherhood, with varying degrees of success and a large amount of chaos.
She maintains a writing blog at her website: www.ericaorloff.com.
- music or gym class? Music
- high school or college? College
- school lunch or sack lunch? Sack
- crayons or markers? Markers
- first crush:
- favorite subject: English
- favorite teacher: Hmm, tough one. So many. Ray Wingrove—a class on Dying, Death, and Grief in college . . . and one of my dear friends today
TELL US about any of your weird writing habits or idiosyncracies. (ie, What’s one “thing” you need to write, the thing without which the creative juices would cease to flow?)
I have four kids. I write in chaos. I long ago learned not to NEED anything to write (oh, like quiet, long stretches of time, SLEEP). I have a lucky bathrobe for when I am at my most desperate hour on a deadline. And I do drink a lot of coffee. And the idiosyncratic thing about that? I brew a whole pot. I only drink MAYBE two cups all day, but it SEEMS like a lot because I am always dumping and refilling all day long.
TEACH US one or two of your favorite vocabulary words.
My favorite word in the English language is Fata Morgana, which is a very complicated sort of mirage, having to do with thermal inversion. But of course that it is tied to Morgan le Fay—just love it.
I also like Schadenfreude . . . deriving pleasure from other’s misfortunes. Not that I LIKE that, but it’s such a weird phenomenon in our culture right now. Something I loathe actually . . . the word is perfect for American society right now.
- The last book I finished reading was The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
- I gave it 3stars.
- One word to describe it is dark.
QUESTION: What's your favorite school-age memory?
It’s a sound actually. My grandparents owned a little cottage in upstate New York, and they were early risers, and so was I. There was nothing like the sound of their spoons hitting the sides of their tea cups, like this little bell sound, almost, and then I would know I could jump out of bed and go see them and the day would begin.
QUESTION:What effect did school (elementary through college/grad school) have on your writing?
I think it helped me know I was a writer. Writing came so easily to me. Term papers. All of it. When other kids had to struggle with those essays (you know, write an essay of 500 or more words . . . where kids would pad them with adjectives just to make the 500-word mark) . . . I could write for pages and pages. Words just came to me all the time.
GIVE US THE SCOOP. Tell us something about yourself that’s exclusive to In Search of Giants (ie, has never been publicized in print or podcast interviews.)
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