Thursday, October 18, 2012

Erica Hayes: Who says I can't?

You know that doubting voice in your head? The insidious, snaky one who whispers, 'you can't do that' or 'you're not good enough' or 'what will people think of you?' We all have to face her, in our personal and family lives as well as professionally. And being an author is no exception.

When I first thought about writing a paranormal romance series centered on the biblical apocalypse, I was so excited. It's high concept! It's scary! It's sexy! What could go wrong?

But the Voice of Doubt – yeah, you all know her, right? – whispered, 'dude, you can't do that.'

Me: Why not? It'll be cool! Plagues of wrath, cities being destroyed, zombies, vampires, curses, the dead rising, oh my…

Voice of Doubt: But you'll have to write about angels, and faith, and stuff like that. You might offend someone!

Me: Not gonna happen. These angels aren't the 'real' angels, see? They're fictional. Pretend ones. It's a romance! Hot hunky warrior heroes with feathers and swords… mmm…

Voice of Doubt: But…

Me: Shut up. Who says I can't?

And so my Seven Signs series was born. First and foremost, it's a paranormal romance series, with aforementioned hot hunky warrior heroes and strong heroines who aren't afraid to fight for their lives. If you enjoy romances by Heather Killough-Walden, Nalini Singh or Kristina Douglas, or urban fantasy by Linda Poitevin (I love her books!), this series is for you!

But it's also a fictional take on what might happen in Manhattan when the Apocalypse comes. REVELATION is a fun fantasy, packed with action as well as romance. It has hungry zombies and snarky demon princes and an unhinged archangel with less-than-pure motives. If you believe in angels, that's great – but these aren't those angels. They're the paranormal romance kind. They have earthly lives and human troubles, and they fall in love.

And kill zombies. Don't forget the zombies. Like I said: it's fantasy. I had a wild, fun time writing it, and I hope you enjoy it too!

P.S. If you like you, can check it out (and read an excerpt) at my website:
And I'd love you to visit me on Facebook:

Let's do a giveaway! For the chance to win a Kindle copy of my vampire short story HUNTER'S BLOOD, answer me this: What does the Voice of Doubt say to you, and how do you silence it?

***Erica's winner is Yadkny!  Please email your mailing information to***


shahzaib jamil said...

plz visit this site

emaginette said...

I hate the voice that tells me I can't do something. I'll spend/waste hours trying to figure out how to do it anyway. :-)

Jean MP said...

When that voice keeps telling me I can't do something, I just keep talking back at it until I finally conquer it and go do whatever it was telling me I couldn't do.

erin said...

thanks for a great post! Congrats on the newest release! My little voice has me doubt myself and whatever I've just done. So I just mental slap my hands over my ears and go "nanananananana" :)

*yadkny* said...

Every time I go to step on the scale the Voice of Doubt says to me that I didn't lose any weight, but regardless I continue with my diet and better eating habits. I just tell myself that no matter what it is for my overall better health.

Pat Cochran said...

It keeps saying, "I thought you were going to
get some Spring cleaning done this year. It's
Fall already!" I just keep ignoring the voice
and continue reading my books. It keeps on
nagging at me. It really never stops!

Pat C

donnas said...

It says. Do you really want to do that? Are you sure? Really sure? And I tell it all the reasons I do.