Introducing Erik Therme, author | In the Spotlight Interview

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In the Spotlight (again) with Erik Therme

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Welcome back to Second Run Reviews, Erik! Thank you for being In the Spotlight again! You are the first author to come back for a second dose of questions. Can’t wait to get an update on your adventures in writing since you first visit back in 2015!

Since Erik has been In the Spotlight before, this set of questions was a bit of a “choose your own adventure.” When Erik was presented with two questions, he decided which question to answer!

Tell us your most tragic or comedic story in 6 words or less. (It can be fiction).

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The book deal fell through.



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Well, that is certainly a tragic story for an author.

What have you been up to since the last time we spoke? How goes the writing career? If you have a new release or releases, tell us about them! What inspired you this time and what do fans of Second Run Reviews have to look forward to?

author interview erik therme

My third novel, Roam, is going through the editing process and will hopefully see publication by the end of this year. I’ve also recently finished the first draft of a new novel (untitled), about a father searching for his missing daughter. Lastly, I’m planning a limited release of my first novel, Kat, which will only be available through giveaways and to subscribers at

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You forgot to mention that Resthaven was a successful 2016 Kindle Scout Winner. I just finished reading it and was happy I supported that project. So you’ve certainly been busy.

What is one item on your bucket list? Why is it on your list?


author interview erik therme

I’m not much of a traveler, but someday I will go to Bangor, Maine, for no other reason than to stand outside Stephen King’s house and see if anything interesting happens. That’s not at all creepy . . . right?



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Nah, not at all. I’m sure that happens to him all the time. 😉

How would you describe your writing process?



author interview erik therme

It always begins with an idea. If I’m lucky, the idea branches into a scene, and from there—a story. Sometimes that story can be molded into a novel. If that’s the case, I push through the first draft without an outline, but I usually create a timeline and character sketches for the next draft. For the most part I try and let my characters do what they want, and they often surprise me and drive the story in unexpected directions.

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Sounds like a somewhat organic process.

Who would you recommend being In the Spotlight and why?



author interview erik therme

One of my favorite authors is Joshua Gaylord (pen name Alden Bell), who wrote the brilliant novel The Reapers Are the Angels. His new book, When We Were Animals, is equally amazing, and I would love to learn more about his writing process.


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I’m not familiar with his work. I’ll have to do some research! Thank you for the recommendation. And if you happen to have contact with him, point him my way!

What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?


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Favorite book review: Shortly after the release of Mortom, a woman left a review that said she “disliked the characters so much that she wanted to throw the book across the room . . .” but yet she couldn’t stop reading and finished the book within 24 hours. Ha!


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Sounds like my review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The book made me so angry at the end. I hated Nick and Amy. I felt like my time was wasted because there was no redemption.

Then I went back and read Flynn’s other novels and understood more about her journey as a writer and the characters she tends to write. The result? I actually love Gone Girl now.

It’s hard to believe that our time here is coming to an end again, Erik. Do you have any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?

author interview erik therme

Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but an author’s success comes from the support of others. I’d like to thank my fans, family, and friends—especially Terri LeBlanc and Dana Beatty, who work tirelessly to help writers achieve their dreams. You guys rock.


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Oh, Erik, you are so welcome. It brings so much joy to my life sharing my love for books and reading. It has been a privilege to get to know you. I look forward to your upcoming books and I hope I have a chance to tackle Mortom soon. You are welcome back here at Second Run Reviews any time!



book review resthaven erik therme

The Overview

Synopsis: 2016 Kindle Scout Winner

The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt–especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety . . . only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kaylee is about to learn that not everything that goes ‘bump in the night’ is imaginary, and sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts.

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About Erik Therme

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Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his oldest daughter’s volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 3 with his eleven-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only seven places in the world the UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.



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6 responses to “Introducing Erik Therme, author | In the Spotlight Interview

    • The best thing about being a writer is having someone connect with the work. I don’t care if you laugh, cry, or throw the book across the room—anytime I evoke any emotion in someone, I’ve done my job.

  1. April Swaim

    Do the stories just come straight to you or does it take a long time to think of something to write?

    • I’m not a prolific author, and I don’t really have an ‘idea’ dump as many other authors have. I wish I did, but my mind doesn’t work that way. For me, an idea comes slowly, and it’s not uncommon for the story to wither and die once I try to put it on my paper. Needless to say, I have plenty of half-written stories haunting my hard drive, which I never delete, as sometimes they can be recycled for other projects.

    • Stephen King has always been at the top of my list, as I basically learned to write by reading his work. I’m also a big fan of Gillian Flynn, who creates the most amazing (albeit dark) characters that you love/hate to root for. Last, but certainly not least, is Joshua Gaylord, who has written one of my favorite books of all time: The Reapers are The Angels.