Hey, everyone! Today, Erin Lee, author of Nine Lives, is here with answers to a couple of questions I had…here it is:
What was the inspiration for “Nine Lives?”
“Nine Lives” was inspired by my work as a therapist and two sisters who I came across who taught me an eye opening lesson about allegations of sexual abuse. While “Nine Lives” is a fictional story, the idea for the book began with real people.
What was the scariest part about writing it?
Imagining that this can, and does, happen to families every day. Realizing that the damage that happens from false accusations can sometimes never be repaired.
Are there any characters that resemble actual people you know?
I tried to change the characters quite a bit so that it wouldn’t be reflective of the real life clients who inspired the story. However, whenever I write, I tend to steal quirks or characteristics of loved ones to bring life and lovability to my characters.
What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?
For me, one of the most helpful thing has been participating in author take overs and other events. Cover reveals an other online parties are a great way to get to know readers and network with other authors.
What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
I told myself, for years, that my work as a therapist would make a difference. Stories like “Nine Lives” tell me it’s not even close to that easy.
What is the worst thing that has happened to you?
Losing my daughter (Oh, my gosh…my condolences).
Name a book you wish you would’ve written.
I’m trying to write that one now, and struggling. I am writing a book about a child that sexual abuse did happen to and how she went on to recover and heal from it, or not. “When I’m Dead” is a work in progress and difficult to write because I have to put myself into my character to write from their point of view. I often go to bed sad and scared, as the character does.
About “Nine Lives”
Three teenage sisters didn’t mean to destroy their family…
Sisters Laina, Faith, and Sadie Nelson know they are to blame. There was no way to predict how their lives would shatter with just a few lies—but they did, and now they fear the pieces are too
many to pick up.
Had their parents let them leave, their father wouldn’t be behind bars…
The girls just wanted to escape from their hyperstrict home and start lives of their own. If he’d
just allowed them to spread their wings, their father wouldn’t be serving thirty years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Sometimes you have to be creative to get your way, but creativity’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.
With the lives of nine siblings hanging in the balance, what will it take for the girls to admit their deceit and recant their tales of abuse? And if they do, will there be any room for forgiveness?Family and friends are left to question everything they know about the legal system, social services, marriage, and family.
Can anyone really be trusted?
Can a family heal in the wake of false allegations, broken promises, and betrayal?
Or is it too late…
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About the Author
Erin Lee is freelance writer and therapist from Southern, NH. Lee’s work has appeared in
journals and magazines since 1995. She’s received numerous awards from the New England Press Association for her work as a journalist. “Wave to Papa” is her second novel. Lee is publishing “Crazy Like Me” with Savant Books and Publications, LLC, to be released in summer 2015. She has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and works with children and families in crisis.
More of her work can be seen at www.authorerinlee.com. Limitless Publishing: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/erinlee/