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Interview with Erin Aislinn
Nov 15, 2008

Hi Erin,
I’ve been to your website and your blog and I’m so impressed. I love the contest you host every month for book cover of the month. There always seems to be stiff competition there for votes for the best.
While I was touring your website I came across the link to the essay you wrote about how you came to America! I hardly know what to say it was very prophetic. I was left with the thought that if we, as Americans, could only see the opportunities we let drift by us every day without grabbing them*sigh*…obviously, your essay says it all without pointing that finger. Tell us about your work to get to America – I find it an amazing story. Also provide our readers with a link to read the essay as you wrote it. Be forewarned you will cry – take tissues with you to read it.
I very much appreciate your heartfelt introduction.
America, America… I’ve held a dream of America from a very young age. When I think back about growing up in socialist Yugoslavia, it’s hard to imagine how I even got to yearn so much for a country so far away of which I knew so little. The defining moment came when my mother was getting ready for a visit to New York City. I was 10, and I mentioned as an aside that I wanted to go with her. I’d never dreamed she’d take it seriously. She went down the street to the neighborhood loan-shark lady and borrowed money for an extra ticket.
I felt so at home in New York that at the end of the trip, I did not want to go home. My mother spent an hour persuading me we had no other choice. I vowed then and there I’d be back some day. I kept dreaming about it all through my teen years, completely clueless as to how it could ever happen. It really is amazing how God works when you hold fast to your dream. Then, out of the blue, in my senior year in high-school, I heard of this college in Iowa that offered part-time work-study scholarships to foreign students. I knew that was the way for me even though I had no idea how I was ever going to pull it off. Well, the battle that ensured represented the greatest fight of my life to date, and my essay captures it in some detail. The essay can be found at:
A thought still winds through my mind from time to time: “I’m in America”, and a part of me is still amazed.
Tell us about the author Erin Aislinn– what do you write – how did you get started in that genre?
My pen name, Erin Aislinn, embodies the two great loves of my life: writing and romance. I’ve been drawn to writing from an early age, but I discovered my love of romance fiction quite by accident. You see, we didn’t have anything like Harlequin books in Croatia, so there was no way for me to get exposed to romance writing, but one summer vacation on the Adriatic, I found a bunch of romance books left behind by American tourists. I picked one up with the idea that reading light fiction might help me improve my English. It certainly did that, but it also fueled my romantic temperament and began to inspire my own stories. Many years later, all those elements came together in the form of It Happened in Florence, my first published contemporary romance. I can’t tell you how excited I was when Echelon Press picked up the novel.
Since then, I’ve transitioned into erotic romance. I have two vampire erotic romances and one contemporary erotic romance currently available through Ellora’s Cave. I’ve also tried my hand at some vampire erotica.
What do you find most challenging about the writing profession? Are you going to try writing in other genres? If so, which ones and why? If not, why not?
I find everything in the writing profession challenging, except the writing. Writing is such an intimate process. It takes up my whole world when I’m in it, and I love every minute of it. Turning the love of writing into a career is a whole other ball-game. It is very easy to get caught up with following trends, and who is writing what, and which subgenre of romance is hot right now, and which publishers are looking for what. I wish I could just lock myself in a cabin somewhere and write without minding all that, but then I would be writing for myself and not for an audience.
I mentioned your book cover contest earlier, where did the idea for the contest come from and how does one enter the contest? 
When I began Book Cover of the Week program in 2005, so many bad book covers floated around e-publishing. In fact, a friend of mine described one of my own covers as having two rubber mannequins on it. And she was right. (that book cover is no longer in print, BTW) At the same time, there were also many quality book covers out there and many talented artists and designers who did not get their due, so I decided to feature one cover on my site every week and offer a little explanation about why the book cover moved me. Then I have people vote for their favorite every month.
It’s very easy to enter the contest. Go to: and pick your favorite.
I can’t help but ask, Maya in the Night of the Maya is an incredibly strong person. She is a strong woman who is determined to have her dream and make it real. That is my sense of you as a person—is Maya you?
I’m touched by the comparison. When I wrote Maya, I felt a very strong connection to the spirit of all young women at the time of their lives when they dream about that perfect man and perfect romance. I know how special that time is, and how important it is to hold a vision for one’s life. As a heroine, Maya not only holds the dream but must fight like hell to make it come true. The dream tests her and pushes her to the limits of her power so that she can make the final stand for her world as well as for the love of her life. I wish I had her courage, and I certainly think of her as a symbol of what kind of woman I’d like to be.
Another fascinating thing about the book Night of the Maya is the Japanese sword – my husband is also fascinated over their creation – how did you learn about them, it feels as though you’ve created one —the rendering is so authentic?
In my exposure to martial arts, I’ve fallen in love with the perfection and symbolism represented by the Japanese sword. It seemed that the stories of great swordsmen begin not with their battle skills but with the creation of the sword, so I decided that Kiru, the hero of The Night of Maya, should be a master swordsmith as well as a master swordsman. Fortunately, Japanese sword-making art is going through a revival in Japan, and the fascination has spread around the world so many wonderful books have been published about it and great resources can be found on-line.
Besides writing Erotic Paranormal Contemporary Romance you have written a straight Contemporary Romance It Happened In Florence, from reading the questions other readers asked and the interest around that title it seems your fans are waiting for the next in that same title – is there one in the works?
I feel fortunate that some of my fans keep asking for the sequel to Florence. When I envisioned the book, it didn’t end where it does. A whole other episode followed involving Jennifer’s daughter, and I realized that I could write a whole other book out of it. I haven’t done it yet because I’ve had such a strong desire to write vampire romance for a while. When that desire has run its course, writing the sequel to It Happened in Florence will be at the top of my list of projects.
Midnight Promise is billed as Erotica. As you see Erotic and Erotica, is there a difference? If so what is it that separates the two?
Many people ask about that because of the popularity of erotic romance. Romance is the operative word here. I see erotica as closer to literary fiction than commercial fiction. It explores characters within the context of a specific erotic phase of their lives, or even a specific erotic event. Erotica cares more about all levels of emotional and psychological nuances of a sexual exchange than it does about the erotic/romantic aspects of sex, although those can be a part of it as is the case in Midnight Promise. In contrast, erotic romance uses graphic sex scenes and erotic tension as a catalyst for two people to discover they belong together. In erotic romance, sex is always depicted within the context of romance. It is the means to an end, with the end always being a happy one. How an erotica story might end is anyone’s guess.
You have several different publishers do you find that this is harder to promote then for authors who only have one — all their eggs in one basket so to speak?
Quite the contrary. Different publishers have slightly different readership, so when people read my Echelon book It Happened in Florence, they tend to get curious about my Ellora’s Cave books, and vice-versa. I also find that readers who love vampire romance get surprised I also write contemporary romance. If they like something I’ve written, they seem more open to trying something else they wouldn’t normally read.
Will you please tell our readers where they can find out more about you, where they can purchase your books and find out more about them.
Info on all my books, including excerpts can be found right here at Manic Readers, or at my website:
Erotic romance lovers can find my erotic work, including The Night of Maya, at:
I’m discovering more and more fun on Facebook (
Thank you Erin for taking time from your busy schedule to join us today. And even if it’s belated Welcome to America – your “How I got to America” was certainly heartwarming.
Thank you so much for your questions and for the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers.
Billie A Williams
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