Eric R. Asher
Where are you from
Saint Louis, Missouri
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I live in the suburbs of Saint Louis. My family has been in the area for as long as any of us can remember. I think the furthest any of us have lived from Saint Louis is about an hour and a half. I guess you could say we’ve put down some roots.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Wolves and the River of Stone was recently released, and I am so happy to say the response has been very positive. I’m just now starting to edit book three and we’re hoping to release it at the end of winter or in early spring.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing casually since high school. It was 2005 when I decided I wanted to write an entire novel. I spent a year writing an excessively long space opera. Then I read it! It was terrible, but what a great learning experience.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t think I considered myself a writer until I started working on my first book. Really, though, we’re all writers as soon as we put those first words down for any story.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve loved reading since I was very young. Filling out those little maps the library used to hand out as a “reading challenge” was one of my favorite summer activities between school years. At some point in time, I’m not sure when exactly, I would to wonder as I read ‘Wouldn’t it have been neat if they’d done this, or a character had this ability, or if the rules of the world were just a little bit different?’ It eventually led me to write stories and that led me to write my own books.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually have a rough idea of the plot in my head. I choose a few key scenes I want to write, and then fill in the blanks as I go, so to speak.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’m pretty sure it will be fairly obvious if someone reads Wolves and the River of Stone.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are themes, yes, but what I really want readers to get out of the story is whatever they need—be that a laugh, an adventure, an escape, or something more.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Just the magic. 😉 Several of the locations are based on real places, and I actually visited most of them for this book.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I had a short bout with lycanthropy when I was younger, but other than that, not so much. 😉
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
My favorite books from when I was younger had a huge impact on what I like to read, and what I like to write. I will always owe thanks to Robert Asprin for his Myth Adventures series. They are such a wonderful blend of humor and adventure that I loved when I was a kid. Northworld by David Drake single handedly turned me into a huge fan of military science fiction.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading Reduced by Robin Tidwell. It’s an interesting dystopian novel that takes place in the Saint Louis area.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Book three of the Vesik Series.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. I am quite happy with how it turned out.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I eased the bullets into my six-barreled pepperbox one at a time, forgoing the speed loader in the name of intimidation. Lewis’s eyes went wide and locked onto the gun.
“Where is she?” I said. I took a deep breath, the Missouri River beside us masking every other scent aside from the decay of the blasted zombies. The shadowed tree lines hid us from the nearby population of Saint Charles.
Lewis shook his head.
Two days ago we learned Philip was still alive. Yesterday his servants kidnapped Zola. I didn’t know why they took her, but she didn’t go quietly. The Watchers would be using a spatula to clean out the alley where she was taken.
“You sicced your zombies on us?” I said. “A fairy and a necromancer?” I glared at Lewis. “I find myself … irritated.”
Lewis held up his hand and started to speak.
I holstered the pepperbox under my arm and wrapped my hand around the shield rune on my staff. A flowing glass surface sprang to life as a thread of power wound into the wood and metal.
“Don’t even think about it,” I said.
Despair washed over Lewis’s face. He was breaking, and I could see it.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
One? Just one? Can you feel my exasperation over here? 😉 At the moment, Neil Gaiman is at the top of my list. I had one heck of a book hangover after The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Loved it! I’ve been hooked on Gaiman’s work since I read The Sandman graphic novels.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I like to visit the locations I’m writing about whenever possible, so that has led to a little bit of time on the road.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Claudia with Phatpuppy Art, Teresa Yeh Photography, and Bookish Brunette Designs.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. Your first draft for any story will probably have some major issues, so rewrite it. A lot. Before you submit anything to anyone, be sure to hire an editor. Our brains are incredibly good at showing us what we think we wrote and not the mass of typos and missing words that are actually on the page.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like them to know how much I appreciate them taking the time to read these books. Being able to share these stories with other people who enjoy them has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
I’ve always been a bit of a collector, which is probably how I ended up on Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter. I collect Transformers and comic books when I’m not reading or writing. Oh, and Worribles.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?