There are literally hundreds of writers/bloggers whose work I admire enough to secretly worship and envy in equal amounts, but today we’re going to spend some time with someone truly special and gifted.
This is Ericka Clay at her happiest (to be honest, I’m sure there are moments when Ericka is happier but this isn’t that kind of blog), with her brand-spanking new book contract!
(Cue the “very special episode” music.)
But Ericka needs your help. As you’ll soon see, Ericka Clay is one helluva writer and glitterer of cats. But the world needs to know that as well. Enter the EC Readers, Ericka’s very own Mouseketeers. In her own words:
What is EC Readers you may ask? Just the hottest thing to happen to the Internet since I posted that photo of my husband half naked in a sombrero. The EC Readers is a group of reading and reviewing superheros who make up my street team whose main job is to put out the word about my books.
So there you have it. There are plenty of perks for Ericka’s cheerleaders, of course, but I’m afraid I can’t discuss such “rewards” on a family-friendly blog, so you can click HERE and read all about them for yourself.
And by the way, our guest today is also the Chick-in-Chief of Tipsy Lit, one of the most… You know what? I’m going to let Ericka explain it…
Tipsy Lit is pretty much what happens when you’re me, and you’re sitting around and you’re all like: “I’d really love to get out more but I really don’t want to change out of these yoga pants.”
So the easiest solution is to create a book club on the Internet where you promote reading REAL literature (no shopping, vampires or shopping vampires allowed) and promote the consumption of alcohol while discussing said literature online. New reading friends? Check. Glass of wine? Check. Still in my yoga pants? Check. We’re good to go.
Now that I’ve buttered up Ericka like a Christmas goose, I think we should get down to business, don’t you?
1) As is the case with most creative types, you’ve undergone a transformation in your life. What is the most positive difference between The Ericka of Then and The Ericka of Now?
I’m very proud to say the Ericka of Now has better toned calves. I’m not saying The Ericka of Then didn’t have nice calves, because let’s face it, The Ericka of Every Moment In Time is quite the catch. She can glitter a cat in 3.2 seconds and she tricked Dave Coulier into following her on Twitter. Hubba hubba.
Seriously (what’s that?) though, The Ericka of Now just doesn’t give a shit. She did for a long while and would worry until she got this cute little worry trench between her eyes, but now she’s all like “what the crap” and really, Roberto (Can I call you, Roberto? No? Can I at least glitter your cat? Wait, don’t answer! Let me just live in the “maybe” for a moment…), you have to have a “what the crap” attitude if you’re ever going to publish a million books, meet Oprah, and glitter every animal within a fifty mile radius, otherwise known as The American Dream.
(Did I mention I love this woman’s attitude? But I won’t answer to Roberto. Sorry, Ericka.)
2) What would your viking warrior name be? (Can you tell which television “drama” I just started watching?)
No I actually can’t. Like seriously, if it’s not on Netflix and doesn’t have Kevin Spacey in it, I probably don’t watch it. But let me see…uh, probably Astrid because of that Office episode where Michael kept pronouncing the name “Ass Turd.”
Okay, I also watch The Office.
3) Your favorite guilty musical pleasure is…
Hanson although I don’t have to be guilty about that because there is nothing wrong with a nearly-thirty woman who likes to relax with a little MMMBop on her headphones while taking a run…to her neighbor’s house. To borrow her cat.
This reminds me, I need to buy more glitter.
(Hook’s Note: Don’t blame me if you succumb to temptation and click on the box below. You’ve been warned.)
4) People are beginning to have mixed feelings about the power of the web (we have cyber-bullies and animal shamers to thank for this). You’ve begun to utilize YouTube to get the word out about recent developments in your professional life. Tell us something positive about YouTube.
(And if you say “I’m on it!”, I’ll cover you from head-to-toe in glitter on behalf of your many feline victims.)
Hmm…did we cover the part about me being on it? Kidding. No but really, there is that. But there’s also the opportunity to appeal to a particular segment in our population that doesn’t like having to look at letters and figure out what they mean. And I’ve found people in this segment like to share silly videos of women singing at the camera and yelling at their dogs. “SERIOUSLY ROCCO CAN’T I GET A MOMENT OF PEACE????”
Wait, what was I saying?
But not really, I like that there’s an outlet available where I can appeal to the dramatic side of myself that tried out for that Oscar Mayer Wiener commercial when she was five and forgot all the words mid-audition. Plus, it’s like really super awesome for SEO. That’s what a computer nerd told me. Her name was Ericka.
5) Do you like to wear scarves?
Only when I’m writing a book or tricking people into thinking they should follow me on Twitter.
The clues have been subtle (Kardashian subtle, in fact), but just to clarify: Ericka has written a book that will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace soon. But don’t be very afraid, kids, be excited… Like you were when your parents went away and you found your dad’s “movie/magazine collection”.
Or was that just me?
At any rate, I’m actually overjoyed for my pal, Ericka. Her success is my success. In fact, I’m going to head out right now and get her a gift to commemorate her hard-fought victory.
Perhaps something with coattails…
See you in the lobby, folks…