I’ve read many books through the course of my life thus far, but few authors seem to capture my attention quite like Erica Spindler. With strong female protagonists that charm, heart-pounding action, and thrilling whodunits, it’s no wonder her books have landed on the New York Times best seller’s list over and over again. Her book, Bone Cold won the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence, Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run earned the Kiss of Death Award, and she’s a three-time RITA® Award finalist. That’s just a portion of her accomplishments.
What’s interesting about this prolific author is that she never intended on a career in writing. This Rockford, Illinois native actually wanted a career as an artist. She even earned her BFA and MFA in visual arts from Delta State University and the University of New Orleans respectively. It wasn’t until she became sick with a cold that she discovered her penchant for the written word and after reading a romance novel decided that she would take up the mighty pen and try her hand. The initial genre she chose to write in was romance, and she did well — publishing 11 books between 1987 and 1995. It was in 1996 that she jumped genres and wrote her first suspense novel, Forbidden Fruit. It found instant success and it was then that she found her true calling as a writer. Since that time she has gone on to publish 22 more novels and co-author some side projects with authors Alex Kava and JT Ellison.
Recently released books, The Final Seven and Triple Six (release date 11/17/2016), are part of The Lightkeepers, her first ever series, independently published, and a sidestep from her usual. The Lightkeepers is her first attempt at adding a supernatural element to her thrillers and I have to say that I’m impressed thus far with the results. As always, she takes the reader for a thrill ride through the ever-twisting, unpredictable world of murder and mayhem, with a paranormal twist.
Accolades aside, I had the opportunity to meet with Erica Spindler at a book signing, and she’s one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve met. She’s kind and charming and you can’t help but be drawn into her amazing personality. She not only signed my copy of her new release, The First Wife but took the time to talk to me about our common stomping grounds in Rockford and mutual horseback riding traumas. Additionally, I had managed to procure a hard to find, hardcover copy of her book Red, but didn’t have it with me at the time. She promised that if I shipped it to her she would sign it and send it back. She did. How many New York Times best-selling authors would take the time to do that for a random fan?
If you haven’t read any of Erica Spindler’s books, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed when you do. It’s nearly impossible to put her books down once it’s started, and you’ll find yourself hooked through to the final page. And as soon as you’re done, you’ll promptly be scouring past titles for more Spindler action.
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