Erin Curran, the author of The Seven, released her book in April 2019. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating her since she was published.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
I dreamt of being a lot of things, especially as a kid. Artist; teacher; chef; actress and, most importantly, an author. Despite all the different careers that I believed I wanted to do, becoming an author was always in my mind as a supplementing career. Writing was second nature to me, I always believed I would become all these things and also be an author at the same time.
What was your first job?
I am a former student, so I haven’t had any jobs that weren’t part of my courses. I have done volunteer work at a Kennel and Cattery (I briefly studied Animal Care) for half a year and even hosted a radio show with my best friend Niamh at our College. I have also had what some would call a YouTube ‘career’ and was eligible for monetization, however that never truly took off.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
Writing was always my main hobby, so anything that I created through words usually began with me writing for fun. Before The Seven, I had completed a different novel which I never officially titled, but I wasn’t happy enough with it to submit it. So, before now, I mainly wrote for fun, but I loved how well The Seven had come out that I had to try finishing and submitting it.
What was your life like before you became an author?
As previously mentioned, I am a former student. I have been on a mental health break for nearly two years now. Writing was always a big part of my life ever since I was a little girl and the thought of anyone, I knew reading my work didn’t really cross my mind. I had been critiqued online before (I was very involved in the fanfiction community during my teen years) but I always felt that it was different. Writing was always a main part of my day besides this and when I wasn’t writing, I was reading or drawing.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
I have struggled with various mental health issues, mainly generalised anxiety disorder. Writing and creating was always an escape for me and I found solace in the worlds and the characters I would invent. When I was stressed out about my exams and needed a break, I would write, or read, or even draw, as creating never seemed like a chore to me. It relaxed me greatly.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
It is still quite early days yet, however being given the chance to get my story out there and hear what the people I love think of it has given me the confidence to write more. I have written an article for a local Irish website and am hoping to further pursue other writing opportunities. I would never have had the confidence to do that before being published.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
A typical day in my life is very basic. My life at the moment is all about maintaining a routine. I look after my puppy Spyro (she’s a pug cross for anyone curious and is the love of my life), talk to my friends; family; and girlfriend online, and always-and this is important I always have my notebook on me. Inspiration can strike me quite randomly and I find that keeping a notebook of some description on me at all times saves me from later forgetting or losing enthusiasm for an idea I have had. Then, whenever I get the chance, I hop onto my PC to play around with my latest writing project and continue to work on it.
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
My most memorable moment so far is seeing my book in Waterstones on the same bookcase as some of my favourite novels like The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If my teenage self-had known that her book would be amongst such legends, she never would have believed it. Now it is true and has come into fruition.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
I have had a mainly positive experience with Pegasus Publishing. We still work together to promote The Seven and they are very attentive and quick to respond when messaged. There have been a few mix ups, such as typos and payment misunderstandings, but all was easy to solve and never posed a large threat to me or my work.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
I believe it was almost fate. I had previously submitted to the same publishers as my sister had done, but it was a bust and they never responded. Pegasus Publishing then popped up as an ad on my Google when I was searching for somewhere new to try and when I searched through their website, I decided that I really wanted them to be the organisation that represents my story.
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