Erica Marchant, Jane of all Trades. . .
Our Loss is On Loss, an anthology that bridges creativity and inspiration through collaboration and writing. A handful of writers from all across America came together and created On Loss an anthology after receiving 800+ submissions. In this anthology, you’ll find 50+ talented authors stories and poems.
We are formatting the book for release on June 27, 2019.
How did each member get involved?
Somehow, somewhere Aaron Pasker convinced five different voices to join the executive team (or as Aaron would say, coerced into joining) to edit, design, publish, and market a brand new anthology; On Loss.
Here are six questions with Erica Marchant , a Jane of all Trades, a.k.a. editor, marketer, cover designer and book formatter, and web master. Okay, I might have made all that up. I’m just a writer who loves what she does!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing?
A: Well, I rest my head at night North of Boston in the suburbs. It feels a bit country, but I’m a city girl at heart. I grew up a rocks throw outside the city of Boston. New England has always been my home. Yes, I love Tom Brady–don’t hate– and Autumn is my favorite season, but no, I don’t love Dunkin Donuts. Other than writing, I read all kinds of books ALL THE TIME, and I enjoy getting outside in nature and being active. I’ve got three kids. My youngest is 6 months old and the reason why it took me so long to answer all these questions!
Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?
A: I know a lot of writers say this, but I was born a writer. I came out telling stories. Writing is a part of who I am and without it, I’m not me. The first story I ever remember writing was dark for a 6-year-old; I awoke one morning to open the window and see the sun and hear the birds, but I’d forgotten that I was blind and deaf. My mother kept yelling at me, but I couldn’t hear her. She smacked my face and asked me what was wrong with me. My mother kept that story for years. It’s sad I don’t know where it is now.
I really fell in love with writing in third grade when my teacher Mrs. Nelson introduced me to the idea of the story and how to bind a book. I wrote a knock-off of a Sesame Street story, what we call Fan Fiction these days, and I never looked back. I’ve been telling stories and typing pages ever since.
I’m a published author and poet working on a YA science fiction novel and an adult women’s fiction novel. I have a few pieces out there. I get a lot of rejections, but I never give up! You can find me at EricaMarchant.com or on Facebook where I’m most active.
Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?
A: Aaron posted the idea in one of the Facebook writing groups we both belong to. He asked who would be interested in trying to create an anthology. I thought what the heck, I’ll check it out. Somewhere from there to here I got more involved and the project has become my baby as much as it is his. I hope we don’t let anyone down, but I have a feeling it won’t be a disappointment. We’ve got an anthology filled with talented emerging and well-established authors.
Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?
A: Never give up. I know it sounds cliche, but if you want to be a writer then be a writer. Just get up, write every day, and submit what you write. Let the rejections roll in. Somewhere, somehow you’ll receive an acceptance.
Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?
A: I’m on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and my website is EricaMarchant.com. Get in touch! I love connecting with writers and fans. Sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date on new releases.
Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?
A: I read so many, I could never pick a favorite now. I am going classic and old school here to the books that shaped my love of writing as a child:
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, “Once there was a tree. And she loved a little boy[…] And the tree was happy.” I still have the original copy I received as a gift when I was 5-years-old. It taught me that even when you think you have nothing left to give, no happiness left to find, there is always still something there. There is always something more inside you. Dig down deep and find it.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, for this I have many favorite quotes, but I’ll leave you with two:
“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“He was poor, yet always appeared to be giving something away; a stranger, yet everyone was his friend; no longer young, but as happy-hearted as a boy; plain and peculiar, yet his face looked beautiful to many.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Now you’ve met the entire anthology team! I need to get back to work editing these stories!
The June 27, 2019 release is right around the corner!