Bluewood interviews E.R.Haze, author of Contemporary Romance

Bluewood Publishing: Hi there, welcome to Bluewood. Tell us a little about yourself. What part of the world do you live in? Tell us about your background?

E.R.: Hi, and thank you. It’s nice to be part of your team. About me: I currently live in Finland, Northern Europe. My younger son, nineteen, still lives at home, and my older son, twenty-three, lives with his girlfriend close by. We live in a small town about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Helsinki.

Bluewood: Who are your favorite authors?

E.R.: Richard Bach and Douglas Adams. Nora Roberts on the Romance side.

Bluewood: What is your genre and what attracts you to that genre, and what made you want to write it?

E.R.: I’m a Romance writer. I aim to create tales that have great conflict, difficulties, with main characters who struggle, and hopefully overcome their problems to find peace, or love. However, I’m working on a story that will most likely fall under mainstream fiction, so I’m not that fixed on Romance only.

Bluewood: The question you are probably always asked – how long have you been writing?

E.R.: II began writing about seven years ago, in Finnish first, but I switched to English about five years ago. I can’t tell you why, but somehow I find it easier to write in English. I’m guessing it’s because I used to live in the UK, and wrote plenty while I was in the University there. Whatever the reason, I find the use of a foreign language a challenge, and work to improve constantly.

Bluewood: Does the way you personally look at life reflect in your writing style?

E.R.: Yes, definitively. I draw on my own experiences, especially when I write about flying, because I love it. I used to fly gliders, and when given a chance, I will hop on to any aircraft that is available. I have also traveled a lot, so I use that knowledge also.

Bluewood: What concept or situation about your book makes it so unique?

E.R.: My main character, Mike Lewis. He’s one bundle of mixed up feelings—lost, fierce, angry, and yearns to be loved, but has no clue how to get there.

Bluewood: Tell us about Entirely Yours. What was your inspiration for this book?

E.R.: I began writing it as a love story between my other two characters, John and Jenny. On about page twenty Mike suddenly appeared from nowhere, and he was much more interesting, so I started again, and in four weeks I had written over 120K, which obviously, over a year or so, ended up revised, edited, and cut back to about 97K.

Bluewood: What is your favorite scene from the book and why?

E.R.: Mike meeting Katie for the first time, and then going out for a pizza with her. Why? Because he doesn’t have a clue what to do with her, although he’s the boldest guy around—if he wants to get a woman in bed with him, he just does it. He’s blunt, cold, even sly, and detached, unwilling and determined not to allow any feelings to surface. With Katie, he gets totally confused. He wonders why he has this odd sensation in his chest, a kind of yearning for something new, and ends up dismissing it as an oncoming cold, or some other illness.

Bluewood: Have you written other books?

E.R.: Yes, I have written two: The False Identity and Under Italian Skies, both available from Bluewood.

Bluewood: If you could tell us one thing about the Contemporary Romance genre that makes your mind spin with ideas, what would that be?

E.R.: People, and their stories.

Thanks so much for chatting with us, E.R.!