Ellie Childs isn’t looking for love. She’s looking for an AC technician for the Forest Wood Senior Center. But, when the repairman happens to be tall, dark, and handsome, he has the goods to make her change her mind. Unfortunately, he’s taken by a blonde Barbie.
David White moved to Cupid, Arkansas, to be closer to the woman he loves, his grandma, and away from his ex-fiancée. Believing his broken heart would never work again, he’s proven wrong. Ellie’s shimmering auburn curls and compassionate nature sends his heart thumping. His mind soars with thoughts of giving love another shot. But as luck would have it, she’s taken, and the guy she’s seeing is a real jerk.
When David’s grandmother sees how perfect Ellie would be for her grandson, she gathers the troops. She and her three friends form Cupid’s Angels. Their mission, to bring David and Ellie together. Despite their best efforts, the Angels’ plans backfire, pushing David and Ellie farther apart and into the arms of others. Or, so they think.
Will the Angels’ good intentions win out, or will their plots and schemes undermine what could have been the love of a lifetime for David and Ellie?
Who is Erin Bevan?
Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes, dreaming of the day when something better would come her way, and it did in the form of a five foot six, one hundred and fifty pound engineer.
Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.
That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time.
She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance. And the laundry? Well, it’s best not to open the washroom door!
What has been the biggest surprise in your journey to publication?
How hard it was going to be. I’ve been writing for a few years now. I never realized how many revisions of the same story I was going to have to do to even get a revise and resubmit letter from an editor. If I knew when I started my writing journey how difficult it was going to be to get published, I don’t know if I would have followed through. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss. After you worked a year or two on a manuscript and you can taste that publishing contract, there is no going back. Ever! It’s a high like no other.
This is my first novel to get published. I also had a short story-The Ranch Hand published last year. What keeps me motivated-all the naysayers. You say I can’t do something, then I’m going to work my hardest to prove you wrong. And of course, lots and lots of coffee. Caffeine keeps the gears in this ol’ brain running!
How do you avoid becoming overburdened by marketing tasks?
That’s a good question. I try to market, but it gets very time consuming, and I only have few precious hours in my day to devote to writing anyway. I try to tweet and Facebook in between breaks of writing, and then blog post whenever I can. I don’t devote as much time to marketing as I should, so I guess that’s how I avoid becoming overburdened. I’m a full time mom, so I am pretty overburdened with real life things. I can’t worry myself too much on how many tweets a day I put out, or if anyone is reading my Facebook posts. I just throw it out there and hope and pray someone reads it.
Do you require complete silence for writing, or do you like white noise?
Silence. Whoever said silence was golden hit the nail on the head as far as I’m concerned. Silence is so precious to me. Unfortunately, in my home, it’s not silent often, and when it is, it’s only at night. I’m not a good night writer. I’m too sleepy to be any good. I have to write during the day when the kids are napping, or early in the morning around 5 am with a strong cup of coffee in hand.
How do you feel after a long bout of writing?
Depends. Sometimes exhilarated, like I’ve really accomplished something. Sometimes, lost, like I’ve written all of this info and now I have no idea where to go from where I’m at. Every day is different. Lately, unfortunately, it’s been the later. I’ve been a little overwhelmed and stressed about where to go from here in all of my stories. Maybe I just need a vacation!
Do you write full-time?
No. I wish I did. I fit it in anywhere I can. Sometimes an inspiration hits me right in the middle of a busy time (aka, lunch, snack time, or dinner. three very important times in this house 🙂 ) but I have to stop and write it down or I’ll forget. So even though I physically only write a couple of hours a day during naps or before everyone wakes up, I’m constantly thinking about what to write when I get the chance to place fingertips to keys.
Who is your favorite character in the book you are showing us today, and why?
Oh, wow, that’s a tough one. I think I like. . .umm. . . well, I like. . . I can’t choose. I like all four of my Cupid’s Angels because they are just so fun and funny. When I set out writing Cupid’s Angels, I knew I had to have funny little old people in my book. The entire time I wrote and edited the manuscript it was very important to me to make the senior citizens a huge part of the plot. As far as my hero and heroine, they are both wonderful people. They are nice and the type of people you’d want to have on your side in life. Everyone needs good friends like that.
When a reader reaches THE END in the book you are showing us today, what do you hope sticks with them in the days (or months) that follow?
I don’t hope so much for a phrase or a lifelong lesson to stick with anyone, I just hope they remember the feeling of reading something fun, cute, and happy. I hope it makes them smile.