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Hayes spotlight

Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Erin Hayes!


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was nine years old and sat down to write a fan fic of Luke Skywalker living among the Ewoks.

Why did you choose to write your genre? I actually haven’t been able to stick to a genre. Right now, I’m writing mainly paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romance, although that’s subject to change.

What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I have an ongoing sci-fi romance serial about a scientist that falls in love with a long-thought-dead rock star’s head. It’s called Head Case. [Yup! That qualifies as strange.]

What are you currently working on? I am currently working on The Royal Mistake, a billionaire prince romance. Next up after that is a sci-fi romance called To The Teeth. Then I’m finishing up my vampire trilogy. I do write in so many genres!

What motivated the plot of your latest book? The Royal Mistake is actually a standalone-but-sequel to The Royal Pain. Cat and Henry were secondary characters in that book, but I felt they had a much larger story to tell.


What was the hardest story for you to write? Open Hearts, the story about a heart transplant patient, was incredibly difficult, not just from a research standpoint, but an emotional standpoint as well. [I loved this story!]

Young couple wrapped in plaid

What process do you use to plan your novels? I used to be a pantser (I’d write wherever the plot took me), but in my old age, I’ve become a plotter, as it helps me stick to my deadlines.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Jude in the Harker Trilogy has been my favorite. I love the many layers he has, and he doesn’t even know all of them.


Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think I imbue a bit of myself into every character. It’s kind of impossible for me not to, as I know myself better than anyone.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? All the time! Mainly I just have to step away, take a deep breath, and then come back to it later that night or the next day. I just had a scene that took me two weeks to write as there were 14 characters in it. That was hard!

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I’d love to do a regency, because I love the time period and the elegance. And the scandal!

Which authors inspire you? Any indie writer that I’ve met inspires me, and there are so many and I’m afraid I’d forget one. I will say that Stephen King has been a huge influence on my life. The Long Walk is one of my favorite books.

What novel would you read multiple times? Harry Potter or Dune. And I’ve read them multiple times.

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) I’d want to meet Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Hamilton, because I’d want to see if they can sing like in the musical.

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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Octopi! They’re so smart and fascinating. Did you know that they can also camouflage themselves better than chameleons?

What is your favorite color? Green!

When you’re not writing… Writing is not my full-time career (yet). Maybe someday! For now, I work as an advertising copywriter during the day.

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