Hi, I’m Erik Therme. I currently reside in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. My debut mystery,
My debut mystery, Mortom, is about a guy who inherits his deceased cousin’s house and finds a key with a note that says: Follow Me. From there, he has to follow a series of clues to unravel the mystery. My second novel, Resthaven, revolves around a pack of kids who hold a scavenger hunt inside an abandoned retirement home, only to discover they’re not the only ones roaming the hallways.
When and why did you start writing?
Two instrumental events occurred while I was in junior high: My parents purchased a typewriter, and I discovered Stephen King’s Misery. From there, it was only natural that I sit down and try my own hand at writing a tale. What came out was a horrible story (and I don’t mean in a fun, scary way), but nonetheless, I was hooked. I’ve been writing ever since.
What inspires your writing?
Reading authors like Gillian Flynn, Daniel Woodrell, and Joshua Gaylord. They’re all brilliant writers who challenge me to work harder and hone my craft.
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
Nothing too dreadful comes to mind, but the first time I did a reading, I was so terrified that I was tethered to the bathroom for the hours leading up to it. I survived the event, but my fear of “public speaking” continues to this day, and I avoid readings at all costs.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
Mountain Dew, a dark room, and loud music are a necessity. Outside of that, inspiration is always welcome, but not always present.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Make certain to tell a story that you’re in love with, because you’re going to spend months—possibly years—living with it. And once it is finished and published, be prepared to spend countless hours with promotion and marketing.
What do you believe make for great writing?
Your story is only as good as your characters. Give your readers a hero to root for, put that hero in jeopardy, then put them in more jeopardy!
How do you measure success as a writer?
For me, I think it boils down to how readers respond to my work. I’m not looking to change the world with my writing, but when a reader connects with my characters or story, it makes it all worthwhile.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
My biggest fear is that I’ll fail my readers by producing sub-par work. As of now, writing isn’t my primary source of income, so I have the luxury of taking as long as needed to complete a book. I’d love to someday support myself through my writing, but I worry that working under deadlines would compromise the quality of my work. But I’d be up to the challenge!
Describe your latest book to our readers
Roam is the story of a young man who believes he’s being haunted by his dead father, and the only way for him to redeem himself is by saving someone’s life. It’s a character-driven story and very different from my first two books. The original draft was written many years ago when I was a young, naïve author with a hunger to prove myself. Roam is easily my favorite—and most personal—writing to date.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
An experience. I don’t care if you laugh, cry, or throw my book across the room—if I evoke any emotion, I’ve done my job.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
I would love to say good writing is most of the battle, but it’s not. Timing, circumstance, and luck all play a huge factor. All you can do is believe in yourself and try to make as much luck as you can.
What’s next for you?
I’m halfway through a fourth novel about a father searching for his missing daughter, who might—or might not—have been kidnapped. I’m also putting the finishing touching on a novella entitled Kat, which will only be available to my newsletter subscribers. Readers can join the list here: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L
By Erik Therme
When Kevin finds Sarah stranded by the side of the road, he’s more than willing to give her a ride. Young, beautiful and distraught—she’s everything a single guy could ask for in a girl. What he doesn’t know is that she already has a guy: an abusive, drunken boyfriend who left her there in a fit of rage. And when that boyfriend comes back and finds Sarah missing, a simple ride will turn deadly.
Like Josh Gaylord and Daniel Kraus before him, author Erik Therme explores the angst of disconnected youth in his enthralling and powerful Roam. Therme’s darkly tinged novel is an unforgettable tale of three errant souls brutalized by life’s cruel circumstances, and a remarkable night of discovery and violence that will change them forever.