Interview between Keira Kroft and Erik J. Ekstrom
Hello, welcome to Writer to Writer Wednesday, we are so very glad to have you with us. The Hellfire Herald would like to extend a warm welcome to Erik J. Ekstrom
How are you doing today? Fine Thank you.
Keira: You have a story coming out soon entitled Everett Holmes: Case of the Forged Fingerprint Killer What is that about?
Everett Holmes: Case of the Forged Fingerprint Killer is a psychological thriller. It is the first in the series and introduces Everett Holmes, the great-grandson of legendary investigator Sherlock Holmes. The book takes you on his quest to hunt down one of the most vicious serial killers of all time; while he simultaneously fights off his own personal demons that have a tendency to render his highly tuned investigative abilities worthless. Can a man whose soul has been turned inside out survive against pure evil?
Keira: What made you choose that title?
The title actually popped into my head one day before the concept of the story had even been born.
Keira: Where did the idea for your story come from?
The idea for the story came from my love of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. I always knew that I wanted to follow it up somehow especially for the readers of today. My character Everett who is Sherlock’s great-grandson does a tremendous job of fitting the bill.
Keira: Please share a particular detail about one of your characters, please.
I will say a few things about Everett Holmes.
Let’s just say that the guy has some issues. He has had demons that have been haunting him for years. With a steadily growing drug and alcohol abuse problem, and a constant inner fear that he will not be able to live up to his family’s name, he struggles to personally survive every single day, while still managing to solve some of the most daunting cold and current cases of all time.
Keira: Please tell us about any future projects you are planning.
I have quite a lot going on. I currently have another children’s book coming out which is called Pugs First Day at the Park. I am also writing, producing and directing an indie film titled Dave. I have the next three books in the Everett Holmes series outlined and they are in various stages of completion. I am also co-authoring a series called Agents of Change.
Keira: Are you currently running any contests? What are they? There are none at this time.
Keira: How many books have you written?
There are currently five books out on the market. The Storyteller, The Storyteller 2: Chicago Blood, Pugs Visit to Santa, and Pugs Dream Come True. There is also an e-book copy of Everett Holmes: Case of the Forged Fingerprint Killer available. All of my books can be found on Amazon.com.
Keira: We have a special place for unpublished writers in our hearts, here at the Hellfire Herald. So what advice would you give to an unpublished writer?
My advice to any unpublished writer would be this – Never give up on your dreams of becoming a published author. Work hard at your craft and learn as much as you can from those writers around you. Read the blog interviews and see how authors succeed. Finally, use your own voice in your writing. Don’t copy people, be original and you will churn out pages that people will turn.
Let’s get personal…
Keira: Do you work at job outside the home or is this only career?
I do wear many hats. I have been in security management for over 15 years and enjoy it immensely. I also do quite a bit of freelance work for national magazines and have been writing monthly articles for local magazines here in Arizona for years.
Keira: Are you a reader?
Yes, I’m a reader with a love for both fiction and non-fiction. I love fiction that gets my heart pumping and makes me guess who did it? I am also very into anything dealing with history or how things work or were created. I want to know what makes things tick.
Keira: Do you have a special writing method?
I do have a few specific things I do when I write. You may call them quirks but I just call it my way of doing things. I usually wear a hat when I am writing and most of the time it is some sort of fedora. I also set an ambience with candles and some meditation music. If I am writing a period piece, I play the music from that era and take the time machine back to that day.
Keira: Where in the Hell did you find time to write?
I write whenever and wherever I can. I am always carrying with me either a tape recorder or a pen and notebook. Even jotting down notes or ideas is part of the process. I usually write the major structure of the story on my days off of work or at night. Sleep is never an option!
You can find Everett Holmes: Case of the Forged Fingerprint Killer (E-book edition) at:
You can find my Amazon author page and all of my books that are available at: http://www.amazon.com/Erik-J.-Ekstrom/e/B004ZLBT8M/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0