Friday, June 03, 2011

Interview with Erin Kellison and Giveaway - June 3, 2011

Please welcome Erin Kellison to The Qwillery.

First of all, thank you to Sally for hosting me here today at the Qwillery! Sally, you are awesome!

I’m giving away a full set of the Shadow series to one lucky commenter: Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and an ARC of Shadowman! Just answer the question below to enter.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Erin:  I have to be wearing only one sock and on my right foot. No, I’m kidding. I sit in my big green chair and I’ve got my snacks and drink, and then I work. No interesting quirks, I’m afraid. Oh! I am terrified of my webcam (it’s like the computer has an eye), so there’s a band-aid over it. I’ve blinded the beast.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Erin:  I love Lois McMaster Bujold. Love her. And Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and I’m totally sunk in George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones series. Love Patrick Rothfuss’ series as well. Read it. Charlaine Harris, of course. Karen Marie Moning is awesome. Sharon Shinn. Dean Koontz. Mercedes Lackey. Robin McKinley. There are so many that I could go on and on. I love to read.

Who has influenced my writing? All of them. My books have been good friends to me over the years. But I turn to Stephen King’s On Writing all the time for perspective. I highly recommend it.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Erin:  I am a combo, actually. I have a broad idea of where I am going, but the specifics are a mystery. If I plan too much, the spark just isn’t there. If I have no idea what comes next, I lose the story.

TQ:  Describe Shadow Touch in 140 characters or less.

Erin:  Ellie’s shadow has its own mind—it can kiss, touch…kill. Cam studies them, but the more he learns, the more he’s seduced. It’s all trouble.

TQ:  In your Shadow series, who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult and why?

Erin:  Tough question. The easiest was probably Adam Thorne, the hero of book one, Shadow Bound. I can’t say why, exactly. He’s a man with a purpose and a drive, and they are so strong within him that I didn’t have to tease them out on the page. The layers just seemed to come. The hardest was Ellie of Shadow Touch. She’s a character in two parts—human and disembodied shadow—so I had to be mindful of the goals and motivations of each, as well as how they differ and why. Ellie might have been the toughest, but I enjoyed writing her so much that I intend to do follow-up novellas that explore what comes next for her and her sweetheart, Cam.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what it your favorite scene or scenes in Shadow Touch?

Erin:  Easy. When the aide comes. I had not expected to love that character so much. I’ll be writing more of him, too.

TQ:  Who should play Ellie Russo if Shadow Touch becomes a movie? Cameron Kalamos?

Erin:  These are always tough questions. I could see Mila Kunis playing Ellie—a mix of girl-next-door and sultry, just like Ellie and her shadow. Ian Somerhalder for Cam. The man has gorgeous eyes. Dreamy eyes. And so does Cam.

TQ:  What's the playlist for Shadow Touch?

Erin:  I am rotten at playlist questions because I write in silence. I’ve got a playground across the street and the squeaky teeter-totter drives me crazy. Something in a minor key with a good beat?

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Shadow series?

Erin:  Shadowman, book three, comes out this September. I’m currently writing book four (and having a lot of fun). And I am contracted for a fifth. I’ll also be expanding Ellie’s story into more novellas, each a stand-alone like the first. I can see the potential for more books, but that is up to fate right now.

TQ:  What's next?

Erin:  A couple of very cool things! First, I’m in the midst of the Shadow/Sweetblood blog tour (#DarkTour) and among other stops, will be back at The Qwillery next week with a fantastic giveaway. Find out more at

Also, I’ve just launched the Segue website ( which has all sorts of fun content including founder Adam Thorne’s blog (a running story I’m calling The Prophet), which will develop over the summer, a map of wraith activity, bios of characters, and much more. There are fun easter eggs hidden throughout, including ARCs of Shadowman (releases Sept 6). More prizes will be added as the site expands over the summer. Check it out.

Which brings me to… Shadowman! I am so very excited about the release of the third book in my Shadow series. Find out more here ( and preorder here at

Okay, so here is the contest question: I love the HBO series A Game of Thrones. I’ve just finished the first book and I’m hooked. What book series would you like to see as a television series (or movie)?

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!

About Erin's Books

Shadow Bound
(June 29, 2010)
Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

Shadow Fall
(July 27, 2010)
Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn't cut out to be an angel.

One moment he's fleeing Heaven; the next, he's waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who's desperately afraid of the dark.

It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.

He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.

Shadow Touch
(E-novella, June 1, 2011)
It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Ellie's problem is a very different kind of phenomenon...

It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help.

Cam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?

(September 2011)
They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.

It survives even death. And Kathleen O'Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.

He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.

The Gate
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken...

Book covers and descriptions from Erin Kellison's website.

About Erin

Erin Kellison is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall, as well as the upcoming Shadowman (Sept 2011), and the e-novella Shadow Touch (June 2011). Stories have always been a central part of Erin's life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and she still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction.

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To check out Cam and Ellie’s story, find Shadow Touch here:  Amazon and Barnes&Noble

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and an ARC of Shadowman from Erin!

How:  Leave a comment answering Erin's question:

What book series would you like to see as a television series (or movie)?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, June 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. This may sound like a strange answer, but I would love to see the American Thrillers and Michigan Thrillers books by Johnathan Rand made into a cartoon for ages 8-12. These books have been favorites for all of my boys and I think they would love that!

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  2. Hi Erin! Great interview. I love your books - I've read Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall and I'll be reading Shadow Touch this weekend. Can't wait. I would love to see someone have another go at Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series...they tried with the movie The Seeker but they mangled the story so much it was unrecognizable. Time for a reboot :)

  3. Honestly, I don't think I would like to se any of my favorite books made into movies. I'd love for the authors to be successful and reach a wide audience, but movies always seem to get it wrong. There's always something that gets changed and it irks me. Also, I read much more than I watch tv, so I might just miss the movie anyway. :S

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  4. Hey, Erin! I'm bouncing off the walls waiting for Shadowman. Great interview! The series I would love to see HBO tackle is The Dark Tower by Stephen King. Cheers and keep writing!

  5. If it could be done well, and keep true to the books, I'd love to see a series based on Kim Harrison's Hollows books. But I just don't know of they could do it 'right'. (For example, as much as I love & enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, I'm must admit I cannot stand the HBO True Blood just isn't 'right' to me - the turns the story has taken & the actors - just don't work for me.)

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  6. I would love to see The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan make it's way to the big screen. I am a sucker for zombies.

  7. Hey Erin,

    One sock on, huh? Somehow I can see that... though I think it would accidental as you got caught up in an idea as you were getting ready to go somewhere and just had to get it down. ;-) As far as series and movies? I guess I'd go with the Faefever series by Moning. What can I say? I'm a sucker for spunky heroines and tall, dark mysterious men.


  8. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I think with zombies so popular at the moment The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan could possibly be a hit.

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I would like to see the Mercy Thompson series as a television series.

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  10. I'd love to see the Mercy Thompson series on TV or the big screen! Thanks so much for the giveaway!


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  12. Queen of babbles sounds great...also vampier academy

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  13. I would love to see the House of Night series of books become a TV series. And I would really love to win this series since I haven't read it yet:)
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  14. I also agree with Forest of Hands and Teeth. But the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld is my choice. I've always wanted to see it come to life.
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  15. Some awesome books to tv/movies here--have to say my faves are the Mercy Thompson and the Faefever series. But yes, Michaela, when they get it wrong, I am so disappointed.

    Keep 'em coming!

    Oh, and Amazon lowered the cost of Shadow Touch to .99!

  16. I would love to see Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series as a movie or tv series

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  17. Like Kristin, I'd like to see the Mercy Thompson series or the Eve Dallas and Roarke series by J.D. Robb.

  18. I think that Nalini's series the Psy/Changeling or The Guild Hunters series would be great..

    I am watching the first season of Spartacus and every thime they say Thracian I think of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters I think they would be interesting..

  19. I have to agree with the Mercy Thompson series. It has all the ingredients necessary to make good tv.
    True Blood series 2 drove me bananas it was so different from the books.
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  20. I forgot to say that I retweeted it, and am following you as well..

  21. Hmmm....I would like to see Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series as a TV show! I think TV show would work best! Love that series and there are so many characters, books and novellas that the show could go on forever!!


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  22. I would love it if Carrie Ryan's zombie series would become a series on T.V. Her whole plot and characters...they blow my mind. The special effects would be amazing. edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson!/Icecream1891 tweeted +3

  23. Oooo Psy/Changeling! Yeah!

    Lots of faves coming up over and over, which is telling, I think.

    Thanks everyone for posting!

  24. I think Outlander or MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy :)

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  25. I think Jaye Wells's Sabina Kane series would make great movies, and I think movies made from Seanan McGuire's October Days series would be visually stunning from the way the world is described.
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  26. lol... I won't be leaving anything new... Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson, Kim Harrison's Hollows, and/or Seanan Mcguire's Toby Daye. Erin, I was just eying your books on Amazon. Now I'm definitely adding you to my mountain of a TBR pile!!! Thanks!

  27. I would love to see Kenyon's Dark-hunters, Cole's IAD, or Singh's Psy/Changeling series made into a tv series.

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  29. Great interview. I have been wanting to read her books but havent had the chance yet.

    I would really like to see the In Death series made into a show.

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  30. Yay! Another Lois McMaster Bujold fan. :) I would love to see her books made into movies, especially the Vorkosigan saga and the Curse of Chalion. Recently i read Sherrilyn Kenyon's League novels and they were great, especially the newest one. For a great chick flick, I would like them to make a movie of the Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. :)

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    P.S. , note to Erin. If you like the Vorkosigan saga as much as I do, you should try Catherine Asaro's Skolian novels. They are fantastic. :)

  31. I would love to see the Wicked Lovely books become either. They are really intense and take a lot of imagination.

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  32. I would love to see The Shadow Children series made into movies.
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  33. great giveaway
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    would love to see JR wards series put to film

  34. I would, without a doubt, LOVE to see JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood made into a TV series. I would NEVER miss an episode:)

    I would like to see Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series made into a movie, and possibly even Brent Weeks' Night Angels Trilogy. These would just be epic on screen!

    Thanks for the great giveaway:)
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  36. +1 contest question: I love the HBO series A Game of Thrones. I’ve just finished the first book and I’m hooked. What book series would you like to see as a television series (or movie)?
    This one is EASY... I just read the Greywalker (Kat Richardson) series. I want to see Harper in action!!

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  37. I'd love to see Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series :D

    I follow your blog.


  38. I'd love to see some of my favorite books made into movies. Several choices would be Vladimir Tod series and The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan.

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  39. hi! great interview! the series id love to see on tv is lora leighs breed series. theres romance, suspense, action, and lets not forget all the man candy! lol


  40. I would love to see the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews made into movies or a TV series.

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  41. I'd like to see Jeannine Frost's series done with Cat and Bones.

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  42. This is actually something Ive thought about before lol I have three I would love to see as tv shows or movies and they are Sherrilyn Kenyons Dark Hunter series ,Gena Showalters Lords Of The Underworld and Kresley Coles Immortals After Dark.
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