Welcome to my little corner of the world(wide web). Here, you’ll find all of the information you could possibly want to find (and perhaps some you don’t) about me, the author, and my written works. You’ll also find a blog, because sometimes I just need to let off some steam to keep the creative flow going. You can also check there to find out updates on written works, both in progress and already published. There’s a page dedicated solely to information on contacting me, so please – don’t be shy!
You’ll notice that in the navigation bar, there are the titles to my work. If you click on them, you’ll be taken to the book’s personal page; there, you can find all of the information about the book, some author’s notes, and some fun little tidbits!
Merry part, and merry meet again!
Insight to the Insides.
I was born Erica Beatty, but I’m not often called by my full or real name unless I’m in trouble. I have a few nicknames, though most of them aren’t used regularly anymore. My father calls me Beanie for some unknown reason, and my grandmother calls me Eeka (apparently, I couldn’t pronounce my ‘R’s when I was younger). There’s also the name Eureka, but that story involves sleep deprivation, too much caffeine, and a very good friend.
I’m currently nineteen (19) years old, and I was born on October 28th, 1991 (that was a Monday, in case you were wondering). I’m the oldest of three children, and I have both a younger brother and sister. I cherish them above all things in my life, and love them more than I probably should. They provide countless hours of relief from life, and one of my favorite things to do is curl up on the couch with my sister and cry during Disney movies.
I’m an animal lover. I have four dogs and seven cats – don’t worry, they’re not all at the same house. Zim and Zo are about 7 or eight, and they’re Jack Russells. Callie is a 3 year old calico (original, huh?), and her kitten, Cammie, is a mix between calico and tabby. That group of animals are at my mother’s house. Buddy is a 2 year old cockapoo, and he’s the most energetic thing I’ve ever seen. Mocha and Isabella (Izzy) are both two years old, and I’m not sure what kind of cats they are – black and white (respectively) is as much as I know.Those group of animals live with my dad. Aisley is my baby girl, and she’s a one year old calico. Timber, two, is a mix between a German Sheppard and a Siberian Husky, and Tabby and Espresso are brothers (about two). They live with my adoptive family.
If you’ve been keeping track, you’ll notice that my parents are divorced. More about that later.
I’m somewhat of an artist all around. I draw, I paint, but my favorite media is chalk pastel. I’ve been playing the violin since I was seven, and I taught myself the piano when I was about eleven. My friends tell me that I’ll be the old lady with 30 cats. My friends call me creative, my parents call me trouble, and my teachers call me opinionated. I am all of the above. My mind is usually elsewhere, wrapped up in fiction.
One of my biggest sources of inspiration is music. I don’t dislike any particular type; on any given day, I can be found listening to Pink Floyd or Boston. On another, it may be Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nightwish, or the Beatles. I’m particularly fond of classic rock (Journey, Styx and Boston, to name a few). You’ll notice that on each of the books’ pages, I’ve listed a soundtrack. Those are the songs that got me through writing that specific book.
Do you get along well with your siblings?
I get along quite well with my siblings. My brother and I are closer in age, so we usually hang out with some of his friends or some of mine. We like to frequent the skating rink, the mall, or McDonald’s. My little sister’s still in the ‘role-model’ phase, but we hang out in our own way. We usually end up in front of the TV with popcorn watching something along the lines of ‘Wizards of waverly Place’ or ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’.
What about your parents?
I get along with my parents much better now that I’m out of the ‘teenage rebel’ phase. They give me my freedom, I give them their respect. It’s a nice little relationship we have.
Do you drive?
I am officially the proud owner of a ’92 Ford Ranger. It’s as old as I am with more body damage, but it runs like a dream. Besides – it’s a truck and a manual transmission, and it’s just plain cool.
Are you going to go to college?
Currently, no, but that’s not from lack of want or drive. When I was in tenth grade, I made up my mind that I wanted to be a clinical psychologist. When I began college, I took a year and a half worth of classes geared towards that goal, and did fairly well. During my third semester, however, I lost my passion for psychology and decided to take a break from school so that I could find my true passion.
Besides an author, what do you want to do with your life?
As stated above, I’m currently not enrolled in college. However, I’ve recently discovered that I have a passion (and a knack) for the culinary arts. When I’m not writing or pursuing my future goals, I’m usually caring for a three-year-old. She’s the daughter of my closest friend (before mentioned ‘adoptive’ family), and she’s a charm to be around.
What genres do you normally write?
So far, I’ve written only fiction. I’ve tried countless times to write a book based on the things that have happened in my actual life, but I’ve found that I’m actually not very good at writing about myself. So I stick with fiction – supernatural and occult, specifically. Magic, vampires, werewolves – you name it, and I probably write about it. There’s a book I’m currently working on, however, that stemmed entirely from a conversation I once had with an old friend, and another based on a dream I had when I was fourteen.
How did you get into writing?
When I was eight, my paternal grandmother passed away; may she rest in peace. I was very close to her, and her death hit me pretty hard, even for being that young age. My guidance counselor at school mentioned to me that writing in a journal might help cope with those feelings. It went from writing things like ‘I miss you, grandma’, to writing poems about ballerinas and puppy dogs. When I was eleven, I got into writing fanfiction. After realizing that I had a passion for writing, I began writing original fiction, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
What is ‘fanfiction’?
Fanfiction is exactly what it sounds like – it’s fiction written by fans of already published works. The most common fanfiction, for example, is written after Harry Potter. The fan writers use the characters, settings and situations in the published book and create their own plot, add in an original character, etc. It’s actually pretty interesting to see someone’s spin on well-known works.
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