Interviewing Errin Stevens, Author of Updrift

What if joining your lover’s world
meant leaving your own?
INTERVIEW

Q: What’s your inspiration for The Mer Chronicles? What connects all the stories?

The inspiration was a mishmash of fairy tales – the brutal originals, not the prettified versions we’re more used to – and stories I basically mainlined growing up. Seriously, I can’t remember several years of childhood experiences in the proper order because I read so much, lived so much in my fiction.

What connects my novels are common characters and common mythology, with a big dose of romance and adventure thrown in. Thematically, they deal with how we all juggle work, family, and love, an issue that makes every woman I know kinda nuts.

Q: There seems to be two romances in Updrift—that of Kate and Blake, and Kate’s mom and her dream man. Why did you decide to tell these two romances in one novel?

I find secondary romances in novels such a treat… and truthfully, I thought Cara and John’s storyline enhanced both the tension of Gabe and Kate’s impending union; and it gave die-hard romance fans something to chew on while Gabe and Kate worked their way toward togetherness. I REALLY don’t care for insta-love, so having a side ship also helped feed everyone’s desire for intimacy until the main characters made their match.

Q: Tell us more about Kate Sweeting. Why did she decide to go to the coast? Why is she interested in the Blake family?

Kate and her mother move to the coast to free themselves from their grief-laden past, which was too tied to their home in Kansas where her dad died. The basis for Kate’s ability to love and reach out to others depends a lot on the close relationship she has with her mother, so the fresh start they make together, just the two of them, sets them both up for the rich love and adventure they find.

The Blakes are interesting because… well, too much detail on that front would spoil the story! Suffice it to say, the Blakes are very, very odd. 😉

Q: What was her first meeting with Gabe Blake like?

Excerpt:

(From Kate’s POV when she reflects back as an adult)
Gabe and I swam for hours, although I had never learned to swim. We talked incessantly but without sound, and differently than we did out of the water. We would both be six in a couple of weeks. We had no sisters or brothers, although he had a lot of cousins. We were going to the same school in the fall. I had just moved from Kansas. He had lived here all his life.

Contained as I was in the sea’s embrace, I did not focus as I might have on the heavy pressure of the water; instead, I felt as if I were flying, and, contrarily, as if a light, fresh burst of air was circulating around me. For the first time in a long time, I felt anticipation for the life my mother and I were starting, and this swim signaled a wonderful beginning. Back in Kansas, we had lived a life of emotional subsistence defined by duty and grief, unconsciously becoming as dry and shriveled as a windswept plain in August. As I knew nothing different, I didn’t judge our diminished existence; but now I felt, by contrast, how beautifully hope colored and brightened the world, how it wakened my dulled senses, and inspired me to expand my old habits of thinking and feeling. From that point on, I yearned toward something more.

Q: Why are they perfect for each other?

Kate explains their attraction best near the middle of the story imo – how the miracle is in the bond you form, not so much because you’re fated. But she and Gabe are an ideal match because they’re each intelligent and ambitious, they appreciate the same off-beat humor, and because of the closeness of their families. These two grow up together, discover love together, and they fight for each other when it counts.

Q: What’s up next for you?

I released “Breakwater” a couple of months ago and am working like mad to get “Outrush” in shape!

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UPDRIFT
Errin Stevens
Series: The Mer Chronicles: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication Date: November 2, 2015
What if joining your lover’s world meant leaving your own?
Kate will have to look hard at her man to determine what is real, what is illusion, and how, if ever, she can get back home.
Ever since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well being on life support. Her future looks desolate, too, until she and her mother make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Mom can play small-town librarian/bachelorette, and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her… and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her – what she feels, what she wants, and what she will risk to be with the man she loves.
“Best mermaid book I have EVER read? Updrift by Errin Stevens.”
– Ben Alderson, voted leading vlogger by Teen Vogue and The Guardian

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“Stevens is a treasure to be found in today’s cluttered literary market.”
– Peachy Keen Reviews

Other Books by the Author

Be sure to also check out Book 2 of The Mer Chronicles.
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BREAKWATER
Series: The Mer Chronicles Book 2
Breakwater continues the story of Updrift focusing on other characters. The narrative follows the lives and loves of a group of sirens in the fictional town of Griffins Bay, North Carolina.
“If you are a fan of Mermaids and Mythical creatures, UPDRIFT and BREAKWATER need to be a must read for you. I promise you will enjoy them, and grow attached to the characters, just like I have.”
– Tracy Thomas, blogger/owner of The Pages In Between

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About Errin Stevens

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Errin Stevens writes paranormal suspense/romance from her home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to literary novels – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year). Visit her blog site at http://errinstevens.com for release updates and random essays on writing and mothering.
Official website: http://errinstevens.com
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Schedule

Get sneak peaks, excerpts, fun facts and other never-before-published info on Updrift from May 22 – June 3!
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