Today I have author Eric Roberts (he publishes under the name Eric Thornton) for an interview. We met through the group “Wild With Wilder” on Facebook and I asked him if he would like to answer a few questions for me. He was kind enough to answer, so without further ado, here is my interview with Eric.
1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing a little over 2 years now. But in a way, I’ve always been writing. I write gay, lesbian, and straight fiction (mostly romance).
2. What do you read and does this help you in the writing process?
I read a little bit of everything.
Mostly I read a lot of Jessica Sorensen, Jaci Burton, Sylvia Day, and David Baldacci.
I am a huge Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan so when they have a new one out I’m all over it.
It does help with my writing process. Through reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I learn what kind of detail people enjoy and how much detail is enough to keep the story going.
With Jaci Burton, and Sylvia Day, I learn how to write romance in the fun enjoyable way with a good dose of sexuality.
Jessica Sorensen and Jaci Burton also teach me about pacing with my writing. If it has a good pace to it and doesn’t leave out anything the reader wants to know, then I know I’ve done my job right.
3. Do you outline or do you just write and see where the story takes you?
I most definitely write and see where the story takes me. Honestly, I think I know where the story is taking me but just when I think I have it all figure out the story gives a left turn that surprises me. So honestly, my stories are very much character driven.
4. Who inspires you as a writer?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sylvia Day, Jessica Sorensen, Jaci Burton, TM Smith, Pelaam, and so many more. Every time an author I like brings out a new one, they inspire me to push forward and then some. I’m friend with Pelaam and TM Smith so I always get a good dose of encouragement from them. Also I have fans that encourage me on a daily basis to keep going. They help me out and keep me up when I’m feeling quite down. It is amazing.
5. What have you published so far? Are you self-published or a traditional published author?
I have published over 70 short stories. Lately I have been turning those short stories—slowly (it is a major tough process let me tell you)—into longer stories. I recently published “1 Warning” (a gay thriller), “Odds Are” (contemporary gay romance) and a few other short stories.
All my books are under the name Eric Thornton.
As for the publication, I am a self-published author because I don’t like the constraints and limitations on mainstream publication. It would be too much of a hassle and a major stress overload for me.
I self-publish so I can have some fun and write under no deadline—though I do set deadlines for myself sometimes.
6. If you could have lunch with one of your heroes, who would that be and what would you eat?
I would have lunch with my hero Jaci Burton. As for what we would eat…I think we would have grilled chicken sandwiches and pasta salad for a side. She is such an amazing author and though she lives relatively close to me I have never met her but I do want to.
What is next for you? Do you have any book signings coming up?
At this point, I have over 12 books (good stories) that I am working on at any point.
Right now, I am closing in on the ending for 2 books: “Now and Then” (a gay contemporary romance) and “Changing Faces” (a gay thriller). Both of them are solos, but they hold dear to my heart and soul, and I think the readers will enjoy them just as I have been when I write them.
And as for book signings? I have never done a book signing but I would love to if I ever had the chance. I think it would be a great experience.
I am working on writing a few more straight romances. It helps to always do a variety.
Thank you so much Eric and best of luck in your writing and publishing career!
You can find out more about Eric Roberts (Eric Thornton) and his books on Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter, and on his website.