Monday, October 27, 2014

INTERVIEW: Erica Pike plus #Giveaway!

Hello Erica and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

 In the picture are Thora, Edmond Manning and me (with the blue viking hat). 

You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

No matter how colorful candy looks, don't start eating it again in four years. It's not worth it and you won't have the self restraint to stop eating it ever again.

So, you were editing along and zombies attack. And they are on fire! What do you do?

Presuming this happens in real life, and not in my manuscript (which could happen, since I'm writing zombies at the moment), I'd be pretty screwed since we don't have a lot of guns in Iceland. Not even the police carry them. So, zombies on fire attacking... I'm sitting in a summer house as I'm answering this and there's a lake. I could grab my kids, shove them into a boat and start rowing. Of course, that might get the zombies off fire, and since they don't need to breathe they could probably follow me, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do in order to save your loved ones. If I was alone, I might grab that big knife in the drawer and have a go, but that would probably get me killed.

Describe yourself using song lyrics.

I’m going with Katy Perry’s Roar:

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready 'cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

(The difference between me and Katy is that it wasn’t another person holding me down - it was me).

Lyrics copied from:

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

This is Jazz and Dean after a Black Hurricane concert:

I move my hand up to get a double grip on his hair. He groans and pushes his hard crotch against mine, hands going down to cup my ass and lift me up into his arms. I hook my feet around his waist and use the opportunity to nudge my hard-on against his bare stomach.

Somehow Dean navigates us to the back of the stage where we fall against a wall and dry hump like a couple of wild animals, rutting, biting, and clawing. The sweaty smell of him drives me absolutely wild and I bury my face in his neck, open my mouth wide and lock my teeth into his skin. Dean yells and bucks against me so hard that he squishes me between his body and the wall. Feet clamped around him, I lick him and hiss my breaths against him as each and every muscle in my body tenses. A final jerk from Dean’s hips is enough to throw me over the cliff with a desperate whimper on my lips.

It takes longer than the last time for me to sail back into my body. Dean still has me pinned to the wall, but his knees are shaking as he repeatedly kisses my neck. It’s not until sometime later that I notice the complete silence in the room, and the number of eyes staring at us.

If that didn’t make you swoon, the Snape quote below will surely do the job.

What makes you inexplicably happy?

As someone who's been depressed for years, this one's hard. However, its difficult not to experience happiness when my kids are laughing. Also when I write the final word in a new manuscript. That's always a good feeling. As much as I love writing, finishing off a project is the bomb.

What is your biggest, most-wild writing dream? (Nothing is too outlandish!)

To make enough money to never have to worry about money again and at the same time have everyone love my books. The first will probably never happen, and the latter won't happen to any author, but you did say nothing was too outlandish! Also, often the financial gain suffers from the artistry and the other way around, so it's hard to find a balance if you want to make a living from writing.

What is your favorite literary quote?

From Harry Potter. I borrowed this quote from

"You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potionmaking," he began. [...] I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses ... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death -- if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach." (PS8)

Sigh... Isn’t Snape's way with words a dream? Especially in Alan Rickman's voice.

What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?

That's easily coriander (cylantro). It's disgusting and I only have to detect the tiniest scent of it to lose my appetite. Hmm... Maybe I should write a weight-loss book for people who hate coriander...

Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

When I was starting out and looking for a publisher for my series of short stories, one start-up publisher approached me. Their deal sounded too good to be true…and it was. It started out well. I got a lot of creative input into the whole process of publishing my books and I got paid. Twice. Then I never saw money again. Last year, the publisher decided to close down business, promised that they’d pay everyone what they were owed as soon as Amazon would send in the final payments, but then disappeared and ignored all communication channels. They robbed us - over fifty people! However, I took the opportunity to revise my books and republish them with new, gorgeous covers. I learned a lot from the experience: to see the signs of a flailing publisher, and self publishing. Both valuable things to know. If you want to read about the experience in full detail, I wrote about it:

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

Cartoon dachshunds, because I'm not allergic to them. I'm still in denial that I'm allergic to dogs though and pat them whenever I can... The positive thing is that Im nowhere nearly as allergic to dogs as I am to cats.

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Book Name: Black Hurricane
Author Name: Erica Pike
Cover Artist: Scarlet Tie Designs
Publisher: MLR Press
Blurb(s): Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.

After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.

In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.


“Jazz, take pictures!” Eric pokes me hard in the side with his bony elbow.

I wince and raise the camera, clicking a shot.

“Go to the front, like they’re doing.” He points at the photographers running to the front and clicking madly on their cameras.

Heaving a sigh, I drag my ass off the chair to walk forward. I rake my hand through my hair before I glance back at the monstrosity on the platform. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be in this position. Suddenly oil paint and new guitar strings don’t seem all that important. I just wanna get out, but Eric needs these pictures for the magazine and I’d rather die than let one of my friends down.

My heart thuds when I see Dean looking right back at me as I approach. His brow furrows as if he’s trying to place me. Typical. Of course he wouldn’t remember me. Why would he? My heart hammers a fast beat as my body breaks out in sweat. The inside of my throat thickens, stopping half of the oxygen from reaching my lungs. And still, I’m having the hardest time looking away.

Am I nervous under his green-eyed gaze? Or is it just the hate? It’s been years since I last saw him.

Not wanting to give the wrong impression of an adoring fan, I narrow my eyes and spew out all the venom I feel for this man into one, hateful glare, just before I raise the camera and snap my shots.

*What inspired you to write the story you’re promoting?
The character, Jazz, inspired me to write the story. He's a side character in the two books before this one (they can all be read as standalones), and he needed to have a very cool HEA after being left high and dry for two whole books. As for Dean (the rocker), he had a quick mention in the book before this one (Absolutely Eric) where Eric is gushing about him. At that time, I didn't plan to use this out-rocker as a main character for the third book, but stuff happened.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?

The Boston Boys series are books about a group of friends living Boston. I've never been to Boston myself, but I know several people who have been. Matt and Brad have also helped me when I've needed quick info (again, thanks guys). I chose Boston because it appeared to be the most familiar to me since it's said to be the most European-like city in the USA. I've been to many European countries, so it made sense to start there. I've written stories in Philadelphia and Florida since, and I'm planning a series that will take place in my country - Iceland, but Boston was a good place to get my footing on the  United States ground.

*What are your hopes for this title?

My hopes for the title is the same as always: that people will enjoy reading it.

Available from MLR Press | All Romance | Amazon

About the Author: Erica lives in Iceland with her adorable little twin boys. She often says that her real name sounds like Klingon to foreigners. Seriously, if “Eyjafjallajökull” looks like a random strings of characters, it’s nothing in comparison to Erica’s name.
She’s been writing for several years, or ever since reading became an obsession. Aside from a business degree, Erica has taken English courses at the University of Iceland and gulped down anything that might help her in her career as an author. She takes great interest in English, but will break every single grammar rule for the sake of The Voice.

Author Contact:

Tour Dates/Stops

September 8: Decadent Delights
September 29: Prism Book Alliance
October 13: Cate Ashwood
October 20: The Novel Approach
November 3: Tara Lain 
November 10: My Fiction Nook
November 17: Emotion in Motion, Kimi-ChanNovember 24: Amanda C. Stone


A $50 Amazon Gift Certificate and signed paperbacks of A Life Without You, Hot Hands, and The Walls Have Ears. One (international) winner for the lot.


  1. When I think of Rock Gods I think of bands like Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Queen. So many to chose from Thanks for a chance to win

  2. This post and giveaway is so cool! My rock godness is Patty Smith:)

  3. Thank you so much for this terrific giveaway. I'm a new reader of Erica Pike's work: Black Hurricane is my first one and I adored it. Please, count me in for the giveaway **fingers crossed**

  4. I'm an 80s girl so the list is long. It includes Journey, Pat Benatar, Heart, and Foreigner to name a few.

  5. Love Sloan (just saw 'em the other week) and Redd Kross, among many others!

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