I get asked that question a lot and I love to answer it. It probably comes out a different explanation every time. Writing is such a process, and the first book amplified that since I had no experience to model my writing process from.
I could go way back and tell you about my experiences writing in my journal when I was a teenager. I loved to write so much, I kept going and going, even when there weren’t any facts left to share. The embellishment began! It all came from a good place. I just wanted to write more so I had to come up with new material to write about. But when I looked back at my journal and realized I was making up a lot of the stories I felt it wasn’t the healthiest of practices to lie in your diary. So I put the pen down.
Years and experiences later, the greatest thing happened to me. I fell in love. It wasn’t an average, get to know each other over time, kind of romance. It was a sweep you off your feet, I have to have you now, knight and shining armor kind of romance. Something worth writing about.
For my five year anniversary, I decided to write a short story about how my husband and I fell in love and many of the obstacles we had to overcome to be together. It was a beautiful story but it was lacking in drama, flaws and antagonists – maybe a little danger. That itch to write and embellish stories was calling to me. So I picked up my pen again, or since it’s 2017, the computer.
What was less than thirty thousand words became eighty thousand. Drama came flooding into my imagination and characters became completely different people. Different traits, different mannerisms and completely different histories – thus completely different people from what I originally wrote. I added drama and violence, and created dangerous situations, emotionally and physically. It was fun!
However, one thing stayed the same. The conversations Sam and Cara have with each other and many of the details in the moments they shared, were straight from my life experience. I wanted to share with my readers what it felt like for me to fall in love.
But now I’ve opened up a can of worms. Story ideas and characters consume my dreams. Every moment of the day, I’m writing. Even if I’m just passing by my keyboard, I stop and add a line or make a note. These characters become real for me. I hope they jump off the page and become real for my readers as well.
Angles – Part I
by Erin Lockwood
Publication Date: November 3rd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
A compelling love story about Caralee, her best friend Teddy, and her new love interest, Sam. The intensity of Sam entering into Cara’s life challenges her friendship with Teddy – which was forged long ago when they encountered a deranged gunman. Teddy will stop at nothing to protect Cara – even if it means keeping his long time business associate and once best friend far away from her.
This story is about friendship and relationship triangles, love and protection, love and understanding, and love and true love.
About the Author
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.