Tuesday, June 16, 2020

"Practicing Murder" by Erin Unger --Author Interview, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Book:  Practicing Murder
Author: Erin Unger
Genre:  Christian Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 2019
Graduate student Maddie Clare is never talking to her ex-boyfriend Joze Evans or God again. Broken from her past and Joze’s betrayal, she must go home for her Aunt Lonna’s funeral. But after a run-in with a stalker, who insists Maddie knows the secret that had Aunt Lonna investigating him, she’s afraid for her life and must accept Joze’s protection.
As the stalker draws closer, how will Maddie and Joze face the past and their love that never died? And will Maddie stay out of the stalker’s grip long enough to figure out what secret he possesses?

Author Interview

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing is sending out proposals to agents and publishing houses and having to wait 8-12 weeks for a response as to whether your work is going to get published.
Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
I have this app on my phone for notes that I type all ideas down on as I think of them. That way when I’m out in town or doing something I can put it down real quick so I don’t forget. It makes me laugh sometimes because when I go back and look at them, I don’t even remember having the idea.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
The average time it takes me to write a book is about 6-8 weeks. Recently I wrote one in four weeks. But life can sometimes get in the way and hold up the process.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
It’s kind of funny how I get my ideas sometimes. Even a bag blowing in the wind on the side of the road can become a story in my head. Fodder for later!
Do bits of yourself/friends show up in your characters?
As much as a writer doesn’t want to admit it, things about themselves always come out in their characters. My work does, too. I think it’s the way God helps us relate to our readers.
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About the Author

Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her grown children and a couple grandkids.

More from Erin

Books are powerful. Whole other worlds can unfold in a few well-stated sentences. There’s nothing like that feeling a reader gets when the perfect book is open on their lap and it pulls them in on the first page. It’s like a gift. Sometimes they make us rethink long held ideas. At times they mirror what we’re going through. And sometimes they remind us of areas in our lives we haven’t worked on.
But not every book is for every person. Sometimes it’s not the best seller that struck the right cord, or the book everyone’s reading, it’s the one you stumbled upon on a special or heard of from a friend. It’s a God-ordained tool to show us His ways and plans.
As Christian writers, the power to transform is even more in our hands. We have the ability to show how great our God is and how he works in the most unusual ways at times. We use our gift to do more than only entertain, we want to make Him more real to our readers. We want to show them how to grow and change as our characters do. And it’s amazing that we can use fiction to do so.
Next time you pick up a book, see if you can find the message hidden in the character’s struggles. Maybe God used a writer to put it there just for you to learn.

Blog Stops

Wishful Endings, June 12 (Author Interview)
Blossoms and Blessings, June 16 (Author Interview)
Betti Mace, June 17
Artistic Nobody, June 20 (Guest Review from Kelsey Barela)
By The Book, June 21 (Author Interview)
CarpeDiem, June 22
Simple Harvest Reads, June 23 (Guest Review from Joni)


To celebrate her tour, Erin is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Marisela Zuniga said...

thank you for sharing the author interview, it was great

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a great page turner.

Caryl Kane said...

Enjoyed the author interview! Sounds like a must read.

Erin Unger said...

Thanks for having me on your blog.