An Erris Coven Novel: Book 2
From Bonnie Erina Wheeler, the author who brought you Fate Fixed, comes the second installment in the Erris Coven Series, Blood Twist.
Find out what happens to the Erris Coven when Lexie's BFF Liz comes to town.
Braden Murphy knew he was going to die. There was a twist to his family secret – one that was forced upon him from the time he was a child. For years he envisioned his final days and tried to be strong enough to leave his family. Now that it was time, he was ready to make good on a deadly promise. Except for one unexpected glitch, a raven haired beauty insisted on joining him.
Liz Sanders thought her best friend’s stepfamily was weird, but she never would have guessed they were werewolves. Now Liz must travel with a secretive half-vampire in search of a lycanthropy cure. Landing in a nest full of blood thirsty vampires wasn’t on the agenda, but neither was falling in love.
Braden is tempting, but Liz’s feelings for him are complicated. She wishes he would open up about his past and give her a reason to trust him.
Just when Liz thinks she can let her guard down, she’s forced to confront the evil that has been stalking Braden’s past for years. Death is here and ready to destroy everything they've fought to save.
Welcome! Thanks for taking this time to answer a few of my questions. How did you start your writing career?
My writing career began only a short time ago. I have spent the last few years as a nontraditional college student studying human development and family studies. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my major, just that I hoped to find some job satisfaction. Then, out of the blue, my teenage daughter became deathly ill and was hospitalized for an extended stay. As her mom, I couldn’t bear to leave her so I stayed with her at the children’s hospital. Miranda was so ill, she couldn’t tolerate any noise or movements in the room, so I had a lot of time to sit and think about what really mattered in life. I recalled then how when I was her age, I wanted to be a writer. I decided then to write a novel for her based on our shared love for paranormal romance. Within 8 weeks, I wrote my first novel and had her read it. She insisted I self-publish. It has been a year since.
Tell us about your current release. My current release is Blood Twist: An Erris Coven Novel Book2.
It picks up at the end of Fate Fixed. Lexie’s mom is still sick with the lycan virus and her friend, Liz, sets off with Torin’s cousin, Braden, to locate the cure. The only problem is, Braden has a problem of his own. It was fun to revisit my characters after writing my women’s contemporary fiction novel, Body of Ash. I think I will always love my Erris Coven characters because they were my first. Kind of like first loves. I am working on Book 3 in the series now. There will be six full length novels in the series with a special Christmas novella at the end.
Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
My Dad has definitely inspired me. I grew up with him telling us the most fabulous stories. Now retired and enjoying mountain life in the
Adirondacks, he has embraced the love for writing and published Through The Eyes of Misty Lady. Now, my daughter Miranda, the same one who was so ill, has just published her first novel, Something of a Kind, and she’s only 16. My youngest son, Bobby, wanted to be an author like the rest of us, so he created, The Dark Big Foot, which we published through Lulu.com. One can definitely say writing is a family affair. Although my middle son and husband don’t write (yet!) they are the first to read any work we complete.
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
After publishing Fate Fixed: An Erris Coven Novel, Book 1, last summer, I had the opportunity to study creative writing at the
for both fall and spring semesters. While there, I wrote my second novel, Body of Ash. My professor, Davyne Verstandig, has most certainly become my mentor. She is a ninja with the written word and has truly helped me take my interest in writing and make it something a little more refined. With Fate Fixed, I really didn’t know what I was doing, I just wrote from my heart. With her help, I learned how to dig a little deeper and to become aware of some mistakes I didn’t even realize I was making the first time around. University of Connecticut
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I love music. I am the kind of woman who needs music, the louder the better, whether I’m driving, writing, or cooking a feast for my family. This, of course, isn’t always a pleasurable thing for my husband who is a country music lover, because I love rock. My favorite band is 30 Seconds to Mars. In fact, my heroine Liz in Blood Twist has a small triad tattoo in honor of the band on her ankle. When I sit down to write, my headphones go on and my playlist gets cranked. It blocks out background distractions and also helps psych me up for the moods my characters go through.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My husband is the world’s biggest sweetheart. He is the reason I find it so pleasurable to write about true love. He thinks that I am the most amazing person and insists on bringing copies of my novels with him everywhere he goes. I even caught him telling little old ladies at Target about my wonderful vampire series and how much they would love them. He was a little scared to read my women’s fiction novel, Body of Ash, because he knew from my description that the book is intense with family drama and infidelity – but he read it in one sitting and loved that too. My children also think it is cool that I have decided to focus on writing. My teenagers love that I write for teenagers and my little guy, Bobby, who is seven, thinks I’m famous – what more could a mom want? J
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
The biggest piece of advice I received about writing is one that I always try sharing with others who are interested in putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) and that is to just do it. Even if you think your story/writing/style stinks – just do it. We all have a little critic that sits on our shoulder telling us we aren’t any good. If you can manage to tune that voice out and go for it, giving yourself permission to write whatever comes to heart, you’ll be surprised at just how much easier it gets with time. Writing is a passion and a joy. There are times when it gets tough, but like with anything, the tough parts make it worthwhile.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Hmmm….I have always been an open book. Maybe there a few little tidbits I can share. Well, I graduated as valedictorian from my local community college in 2010. That was super cool considering I was afraid I would flunk out my first semester since I was in my thirties and was going to class with a bunch of youngsters. I think that helped give me courage to write. It showed me if I can finish that, I can finish a book. Another little thing I don’t get much of a chance to talk about is that my husband and I adopted our youngest son from the Department of Children and Families. We did foster care for a few years before I went back to college and we got Bobby when he was about 6 weeks old. He’s the love of our lives. I hope to write a children’s book for him someday!
An Erris Coven Novel: Book 1
Having grown up in
, Bonnie discovered her love of writing early on, but did not begin writing novels until May 2011. As the daughter of author, Glen William Ruane, storytelling and world building is a family affair. Bonnie’s daughter, Miranda E. L. Wheeler and son, Robert D. Wheeler, share in the family’s passion and have both published in the last twelve months. Berkshire County, Massachusetts
When not in class or working on her next novel, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jerry. Together the two have been writing their own special love story since marrying in April of 1995. Their children Miranda, Justin, and Bobby give them great joy. Their family is made complete with the addition of Petey, a Spanish water dog, they adopted from their local pound.
Bonnie’s plans for the future include writing more novels in the Erris Coven Series, as well as, writing several contemporary young adult novels that have been in development for some time.
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