Today my guest is Erin Howard. Erin R. Howard is a developmental editor, fantasy author of The Kalila Chronicles, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not writing, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, fueling her craft addictions, and teaching writing workshops. Erin is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the KenTen Writers Group. She resides in Western Kentucky with her husband and three children.
Erin is a very busy lady, and despite troubles, still manages to get some writing done, but often not as much as she wants to. But she’s still managed to get two books published, which is a major accomplishment.
Here’s what Erin has to say, a lady I admire greatly.
There are days when I can’t keep up with the words that flow during my writing sessions, and then there are days where I stare at the blank computer screen. I use to think that if I could stay home all day and write full time, I could write so much faster. I would have several books under my belt by now.
However, life can be messy, and sometimes doesn’t quite come out like you first imagine. I can write full time, but I’m a stay at home mom who home schools two of my kiddos and has a child with cancer. My day comes with its distractions and hurdles, but I’m learning that writing is not only a passion but also a choice. No matter if you work full time, stay at home, work from, etc., inevitably you will have outside distractions try to steal away your writing time.
I try to set aside time to write every day. I have a block of time marked off on my daily planner, but sometimes, other things work their way into my writing time. Sometimes, I get snippets of writing accomplished, or instead of sitting down and having a plotting session, I plot while I’m washing dishes.
My second novel released yesterday, and I’m currently writing book three and a prequel. What I’ve found is that distractions will also try to steal my attention, life will always be messy, and I won’t always feel inspired. But if I stay disciplined, the passion for my story, and the choice to make time for writing will win out over all the other things that pull at my attention.
What about you? Is it easy for you to set aside writing time? Or are you easily distracted? What do you do to block out the distractions and write? Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you!
Here’s the info on Erin’s new book – The Soul Searcher (The Kalila Chronicles, #2)
Elnora’s parents gave her one rule:
Stay hidden away at all costs.
Elnora Scott is used to her survival depending on the decisions of others. Locked away in her safe house, it is easy to follow her parents’ dying wishes until an angel, demon, and seer show up on her doorstep. Now, waking up in a dirty cell, she wishes she would have gone with them when she had the chance, because the very ones who unknowingly ushered the kidnapper to her location may be the only ones who can save her.
When Thea learns that Elnora may be in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to go find her. Thea thought stepping through the portal would be her greatest obstacle, but it only reveals a more sinister threat.
Here’s links on how to find Erin Howard and her books:
Purchase/Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Searcher-Kalila-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07MLXTYJT