Lynn Carthage.... Erika Mailman....take your pick!
An Accomplished Author
Erika Mailman is the author of Woman of Ill Fame, which Diana Gabaldon called, "One of the best books I've read in a long time," and The Witch’s Trinity, which was a Bram Stoker finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book. Under the pen name Lynn Carthage, she writes young adult fiction, with Haunted: The Arnaud Legacy as the first book in a trilogy. She was a Yaddo fellow, has an MFA in poetry and through mediabistro teaches novel writing online. www.erikamailman.com and www.lynncarthage.com
Erika talked to us about her path to publication.
MY WRITING JOURNEY: I consider myself the “poster child” for persistence (and in fact, I’m included in Jordan Rosenfeld’s new Writer’s Digest craft guide Persistence) because I believed in my writing and wouldn’t give up, long past the point others would have. Each of my books has its own long story of struggle, whether it was finding an agent, or going through so many rejections even once agented that it made my head spin. It only takes one editor to say yes. It may surprise you that out of the three books above, two were sold directly to editors after being agented. We work too hard on these things to give up, right?