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Tour: Q/A with author Erin McCarthy of the TRUE series.

Friday, October 11, 2013
1. Which character was the most difficult to write?

I don’t think any of the characters were hard to write.  I think it was easier to know what Riley was going to say because he says what he is thinking.  Tyler kept his feelings more hidden, even from me. ;)

2. What was your favorite part to write in the book?

Well, without giving anything away, I really enjoyed having things come together at the end.  The word ‘family’ means love and loyalty and I wanted to convey that feeling at the end of SWEET.

3. What was the hardest?

Last sentences are always the hardest! How do you walk away satisfied by one final line after 300 pages?  It’s tough. 

4. Who is your favorite character? Why?

Picking a favorite just doesn’t happen… but I do have a soft spot for the younger Mann brothers, Jayden and Easton.  I want to hug them. 

5. What made you want to write New Adult books?

Because I’m basically a nineteen year old trapped in a forty year old’s body. Lol.  Okay, not really, but I definitely identify with this age and period of transition.  It hugely impacted my own life and I enjoy being able to explore those very raw and intense feelings.  It’s definitely not boring!

6. Are you a "plotter" or a "panster" when it comes to writing?

I’m in between so what does that make me, a plantster?  I have to know the characters really well before I start the story.  I have to ‘hear’ their voice.  I know the premise, the beginning, key scenes, and a concept of the black moment.  Then I fill in the blanks as I write.  This is usually where secondary characters surprise me by coming to life in greater detail. 

7. What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a published author?

Read. Write. Network.  Don’t expect shortcuts.  Join a group like RWA or spend some time doing research online and submitting to publishers, about marketing, trends, self-publishing vs. traditional, etc.  Be patient and fact gather before making any decisions.  And of course, write a book you really love. J

Erin McCarthy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult genres.  The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award.  She lives with her family in Ohio. 


Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…
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