GUTGAA Meet and Greet

This year, I’m going to be participating in Deana Barnhart’s GUTGAA (Gearing Up to Get an Agent) blogfest. It’s an event for writers to post queries, get them critiqued, and if you’re lucky, have them judged by a panel of agents and/or small press editors.

But before the festivities begin, Deana has asked all of the participants to write a brief bio about themselves and answer a few questions so we can all get to know each other. So, here we go!

About Me:

My name is Erin. I am an illustrator, and I love all things art. I also love animals, vintage furniture, carnivals, breakfast cereal, and the smell of newspapers. I don’t like spiders or mayonnaise. Nothing grosses me out more than someone else taking a bite of my cereal. I don’t know why.

Where do you write? 

On my living room couch. Or, it it’s too hot in the living room, on my bed.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? 

My husband’s backpack.

Favorite time to write?

The creativity flows pretty good in the morning between 8:00 and 11:00. Then I come down with a severe case of narcolepsy, and I don’t snap out of it again until about 4:00.

Drink of choice while writing? 

Chocolate milk. Not just while writing though. Always.

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? 

Silence is better, but now and then I’ll play something orchestral so I have something to listen to besides my own breathing.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? 

When I was in college, I signed up for a narrative illustration class. The first project of the semester required us to design a cast of characters and to give them a story line. I proceeded to dream up a notorious dumpster diver, a pretty genie, and a hapless boy who’s obsessed with his pet goldfish. Obviously, I needed to find a way to tie such a quirky group of people together. Somehow, a hot air balloon adventure made sense.

What’s your most valuable writing tip? 

Think outside the box.



  1. I have never had someone take a bite of my cereal, but I think it would ick me out too. Do you have many cereal stealers in your house? Nice to meet you, and good luck with GUTGAA!


  2. GUTGAA sounds like an interesting concept. It was interesting to read more about you. I’ve been meaning to ask, will you be integrating the drawings of your characters into your story like a graphic novel? I think that would be very cool since you are so artistically talented. 🙂


    • Why thank you! I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with all of these illustrations yet, but I think it would be cool to have a handful of interior illustrations in the book, and maybe a few spot illustrations above chapter headings too. If I could have my way, the whole book would be full of pictures! 🙂


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