322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not. Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.
No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham. She can feel the secrets all around her, begging to be uncovered.
But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace. But when Ashley, and her best friend Mason, go down the rabbit hole, no one is prepared for truths they uncover. What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room?
Author Bio and Interview
Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition.
After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie's passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it's her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.
Stephanie currently has 4 projects planned for 2015. Her latest release, The Dead Room, is a post apocalyptic set on a lonely island 300 years in the future.
Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida's Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.
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Coming up with new ideas, and then writing them on schedule. Sometimes I can get hit with a great new idea, but I’m writing something else, so I can’t get to it, and by the time I can, my excitement for the idea is gone. So it’s about being creative in a disciplined way. It’s hard!
2. What inspired you to write this book?
My husband and I came up with this idea together. I don’t want to say too much because it would give away the end, but we came up with that first and went from there. Every day I added a little more and would ask him, “what if xxx happened to xxx character?” It was fun!
3. How many hours per day do you spend writing?
4-6 every day. That includes weekends.
4. Is this your first book?
Nope. The Blackout (another post-apocalyptic book) was my first, and that was published in November of 2012.
5. Name your top five favorite books.
Oh gosh, ok. I’ll have to lump some with series books here.
5. Matilda by Roald Dahl
4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
3. The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
1. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
So I cheated. All told that’s like 22ish books and counting as they ad more. Don’t care! I love to read haha!
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! J