Txting Mr Darcy Gets PWNED: An Interview With Erika Mitchell (Part Two!)

Welcome Back to PWNED week here at Txting Mr Darcy- obviously you’re all hard at work coming up with your best fugitive strategies to leave as comments on the GIVEAWAY post- it’s ok, I would take fleeing the country lightly either. You have until Monday evening before comments close to win a copy of the book from the author herself.  We’re entering the holiday season, after all, and this would make the PERFECT stocking stuffer both for the gamer or the thriller lover on your Christmas list.

(Don’t forget to “like” Erika’s author page on Facebook, and let me know you did for a SUPER SEKRIT SECOND ENTRY!)(The CAPSLOCKYNESS emphasizes the SEKRITUDE.)

And now, back to the interview with Erika!

You give some fun shout-outs throughout the book to some well-known geek and pop-culture phenomenons, including Lord of the Rings (and the “long dark of Moria”), Harry Potter, and Firefly. In my case, that immediately helped me click with the characters on another level as they became less abstract. Was that your intention, or did you just want to add those details for fun?

I’m glad you liked the LOTR reference! Those shows and books and are important to me personally, so that came through in my writing. Sometimes I feel like what comes out in my books is a shaken martini of whatever’s on my mind at the time. With a twist.

*Spoiler Alert!* – You chose to write the action of the tournament finals from the point of views of the gamecast commentators instead of keeping us connected with Norman and Sean. Doing so, you helped to become part of the audience, rather than allowing us to know which strategy our main characters were going to use next. Was this part of the original story, or something you changed when you did revisions?

I rewrote that final scene so many freaking times! I wrote it from Sean’s perspective, then from Norman’s, but neither of them fit quite right. Telling the finale from an outside perspective felt like the right way to build suspense, retain some mystery, and include all the details I wanted to include.

It was surprisingly effective, and definitely a testament to your writing up to that point that reading the gamecast made perfect sense!

I know this is the worst question EVER to ask a reader, but what novels that you’ve read would you consider favorites?

I’m a huge Barbara Kingsolver fan, so if you haven’t read ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ I suggest you abandon your computer or phone and rectify that problem immediately. I deeply love The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (it’ll change your life, I promise), and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series makes me so happy I could cry (and I have).

You’ve just finished revisions on your second novel, “Enemy Accountant.”  Are you willing to share some brief plot points?

Imagine an accountant who’s trying to fight global terrorism. Now imagine he has to try to save a woman from his past from armed mercenaries. BAM! Enemy Accountant.

Not only have you finished revising your second novel, you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month (AND allowing me to pester you with an interview). How do you feel about your progress on your new novel so far?

Ummm, guilty, actually. I just got a huge new project and, to be honest, it’s completely distracted me from NaNoWriMo this year. To be fair, I started two days late anyway and I have family living with me and I hosted Thanksgiving last night and and and. Let’s be honest, this third novel had very little chance of ever getting finished this month.

I will take that as my cue to stay tuned, because I’m beyond interested to see what you come up with. Your post on the subject mentioned zombies, and since we’ve discussed the topic  (including potential architecture ideas for surviving the apocalypse), I’m expecting great things. 😉

What advice would you share with someone who wishes they could write a novel, but is too intimidated to take the first step?

Write like no one will ever read it. Write what makes you happy, and tell the story you feel like telling. If it sucks, bury it on your hard drive and pretend it never happened. If you finish it and want to learn more about writing, you can. But writing a novel is actually easy so long as you stick with it and refuse to think about how other people will feel about it.

What do you consider the best part of being a writer? And the most difficult part?

The best part of being a writer is the beginning of a story. Before you ever put pen/fingers to paper/keyboard, your story is full of limitless potential and endlessly entertaining. That’s the best part, the feeling that your brain is a spigot spewing ideas all over the place. The most difficult part is the critics. People can be jerks, especially on the Internet, and negative reviews and trolls can cut right to the middle of you. That’s why every book release should be accompanied by wine!

A woman after my own heart! That wraps up my recent chat with Erika Mitchell, author of the great new book PWNED.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this week as much as I have (which is INSANELY MUCH)(I mean seriously- 3 posts in a week? Who am I?!), and hope you’ll click over for a shot to win your own copy of the book! Loads of thanks to Erika for your time during this busy season, and best wishes for your continuing success in your upcoming ventures!

Bumke out.

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