Friday 21 February 2020

Interview with Erin Kinsella & Review of Heart And Seoul

I am delighted to be welcoming the wonderful Erin Kinsella to the blog for both an interview and my review of her long-awaited book Heart And Seoul. Here's a little bit about Erin.

Erin Kinsella is a romance and historical fantasy author dedicated to sharing stories of love, heartbreak, and triumph. You can also find her on YouTube, where she educates writers about the publishing industry, world building, and how to make your readers swoon. She attended the University of Alberta where she studied psychology and history. When she’s not writing or YouTubing she’s hanging out with her husband and three cat

And onto the interview!

In your own writing, which character of yours do you relate to most?
For this specific book I would say that I relate most to Tessa. We obviously share the same career, albeit she's far beyond me in terms of success since her book is turned into a drama. Her sexuality (panromantic demisexual) is ownvoices for me, so I'm extra attached to her since she's the first character I've ever written that shares that with me.

Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?
Absolutely! I adore romance so much. It's 100% my favourite genre to read and my bookshelf is full of romance novels.

What was the first story you ever told?

Honestly, my memory can be terrible so I have zero idea of what my first story might be.

Was writing always your dream choice of career?

Nope. I always liked writing, but it had always been placed on the side burner because I felt pushed more to towards a career that was practical, stable, and lucrative. I decided on being a writer in my early 20s and just pushed forward from there.

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!

I have a desk set up in the living room since we're low on space in our apartment. It's not very thrilling lol. Sometimes there's a cat on the desk though and that spices things up.

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?

I love playlists. I have them more for first drafts, or if I need to get into a specific mood. Typically I will have an initial playlist for whatever book I'm working on, and then I'll refine that as I go, adding and removing songs as the book develops. If I'm editing or reading over my work then I stick to instrumentals so I don't get distracted by the lyrics.

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?

I wouldn't say that it's any one social media that's 100% essential. To me what matters is that you enjoy the platforms you've chosen to work with. If you hate one part of your platform it's more likely to get neglected and people will probably notice.

Where do you hang out most online?
I'm pretty much always on Discord. I have my writing group on there, my Patreon group, my street team, friend's Patreon groups, and a romance writing group. I used to be on Tumblr a lot more before the purge, but I've definitely graduated to Discord because it's so easy to develop a community there.

Do you have a favourite app for writing?
I just use Google Docs so that I can access it from anywhere.

Organised or not?
Very organized. I have to be or I'd never get anything done. I love lists, agendas, organized folders, all the things that make my life a little easier.

What's your favourite book you've read?
This is a cruel question LOL. My top books that I will probably love forever (I'm choosing more than 1, you can't stop me lol) are The Savior's Champion by Jenna Moreci, Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and Poison Study by Maria V Snyder.

Morning or evening writer?

Definitely evening. Mornings and I have never been friends. I used to write in the mornings before work out of necessity, but now I work from home so I have a lot more flexibility.

She’s living her very own K-drama.

Beside herself with excitement, best-selling author Tessa Hale flies to the vibrant city of Seoul, South Korea, where she’s meeting the cast and crew of the film adaptation of her book. The thrill shifts to star-struck panic when she discovers the actor cast as the lead is the idol she’s been high-key crushing on for years.

The last thing he wants is more real-life drama.

Baek Eun Gi is part of one of the biggest K-pop groups in the business. Music has lost its lustre, and he’s hoping a shift in focus will bring back that connection he craves. Although he’s estranged from his family, he has his friends, a thriving career, and a healthy respect for the dating restrictions imposed upon him.

Meet cute,

When their paths collide in the most unexpected—and embarrassing— of ways, they try to put it behind them. Too bad there are photos. The music company is irate and offers them a way out of the scandal—a marriage of convenience. Their lives are about to turn upside down, but it just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

My Review: 5 STARS
I was super excited about reading this book, and the day it dropped, I dived right in. Kinsella's writing style is engaging, intriguing, pulling you along on the journey with Tessa and Eun Gi! I fell in love with the characters and the setting, I adored the whole book and especially the way Kinsella dealt with consent, it was a dream read, and one I savoured! If you love romance, you can not give this one a miss, you must read it because it will give you everything you need. Highly recommended!

You can follow Erin on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, and her website.

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