At the age of three, Erica Ridley learned to read and also decided she was going to be a writer. Her writing journey has taken her from stories written in crayon to dramatic sagas filling multiple notebooks to her brand-new debut novel, Too Wicked to Kiss - a Regency historical romance with a touch of paranormal. Check out PJ's review here.
Erica also has a taste for adventure in her real life. When not reading or writing romances, she can often be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest. Please join us in welcoming Erica to The Romance Dish!
I should be so lucky! I'm not yet ready to give up my day job. I develop websites, databases, and software... not exactly the same side of the brain as writing romance, although programming applications can involve some pretty creative problem-solving skills. =) It may be hard to believe, but I think the two are good complements, precisely because they are so disparate. When I need a break from the endless lines of code, I can immerse myself in my story. And whenever I write myself into a corner and need time to think, there's always a website waiting to be tweaked!
But... it sounds like you never leave your laptop?
Well, not for long. LOL. Working from home, like all things in life, definitely has its pros and cons. The biggest downside--other than how tempting it is to do just about any chore other than whatever I should be working on--is the fact that I never have vacation days. I can't remember the last time I even went an entire weekend without working on a website, a manuscript, or both. The upside, however, is that this is work that can be done from anywhere in the world--and I adore taking advantage of that perk!
And it's all tax deductible?
Hahahaha! Sadly, no. (But one day, when I rule the world... *g) I have been lucky enough to do hands-on research, inasmuch as anything related to Regency England can be hands-on. I spent a few months in England this past year, and even got to visit the site of the next book! (I took copious photos of the caves used by smugglers... hint, hint!) While in Europe, I also had the chance to visit several period homes (where, unfortunately, copious photography was verboten) as well as various museums containing period costumes and furniture. It was fabulous.
Would you like to have lived in Regency England?
Well, I certainly wouldn't mind visiting Regency England... but I'm not sure I'd like to give up all my modern comforts. Then again, if I could be guaranteed a leg-shackle to a dark, brooding, loyal, fierce, utterly romantic hero like Gavin Lioncroft... Mmmmm. (It's not a sign of mental imbalance to be half in love with the hero of one's own book, is it??)
Where do you live now, and why?
I live in Tampa, FL, for the simple and shameful reason that I am a total cold wuss. Jacket weather is not my friend. As to ski-mask-and-moon-boots weather? And waking up half an hour early to warm up the car, scrap ice off the windshield, and try not to accidentally lock the keys inside? For me, the midwest (where I'm from) is much better suited for family visits over the holidays. Tampa, on the other hand, is almost always fabulous. (Save for this totally bizarre wave of record lows we've been having the past few weeks. Frost should not come this far south! Grrr.) I love the palm trees, the sunny skies, the ability to strap on my roller blades and cruise alongside the river when I'm working out a story problem. Plus, Tampa is a hotbed of fabulous romance writers. I'm extremely blessed!
HIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE...
From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait.
TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE...
Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin's towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline...until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?
TOO WICKED TO KISS
March 2, 2010
Where to find Erica:
Author Website: http://www.ericaridley.com/
Book Bonus Features: http://www.2wicked2kiss.com/
Breaking News: TOO WICKED TO KISS has been selected as a March book club pick for Barnes and Noble! Erica will be at the book club forum all month long, so please stop by to say hi or to talk about the book! Here's the link: http://bit.ly/bOPvn4
A question for our audience: Where do you live now, and why? Where, and in what time period, would you like to live? Do you think you'd enjoy life in Regency England?