1. Erin loves Xanadu (wanted to be Kira, actually) and Flash Gordon (so much fun). She knows they are cheesy (cheesy-awesome!), but she saw them as a kid and she still watches with a grin on her face.
2. Erin’s best story ideas come when she is walking on the treadmill, music blasting in her ears. Her best writing occurs in silence with the occasional munch of snacks, although her favorite vinegar chips have been replaced with the less caloric pop chips. Not as good though.
4. I write dark, scary stuff, and I’m afraid of the dark. Actually, give me five minutes and I can be afraid of anything. Once, in a half-sleeping/half-awake delirium, I was afraid of flying dinner plates. I have no idea where this sudden fear came from, except perhaps I hate to do dishes. Oh, and when we moved to Arizona, my sister asked me if I wasn’t afraid of the aliens that land in the desert. I laughed at her—ridiculous!—but that night I swear I was terrified of little gray men. At least the most absurd of these fears is very fleeting. My husband bears them all and has never mocked me. (The dinner plates deserved mocking.)
5. While I am thrilled by horror movies, I can’t watch them often because of #4. I get preoccupied by the scary, and then can’t sleep. I make exceptions for good ones though. Most recently I saw Monsters and thought it was fantastic.
6. I used to be pretty serious about ballet, which gave me a lot to draw from for my second book, Shadow Fall. The white ballets are my favorites.
7. I love thunderstorms.
8. My dad was in the Army, so I moved a lot as a kid. My brothers and I used to make up stories. Little bro Tom is just wrapping up his indie sci-fi film (www.95ers.com) and big brother James is the author of the award-winning urban fantasy podcast Fetidus (www.fetidus.org).
9. I was assigned to sit next to my husband in tenth grade biology. We’ve been best friends since then, but never dated in high school.
10. I have a crazy-good sense of smell. It’s mostly a curse.
See? No wonder I adore Erin Kellison so much! Not only do her stories sweep me away, she’s such a fun chick to hang with here, too!
So…what is YOUR favorite sleep-with-the-lights-on scary movie?
Mine? The Ring.