FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: These questions are related to Erica’s career as an author. If you’re looking for non-writing-related trivia about Erica, try this page.

Romance Author Erica Ridley When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
I knew I wanted to be a writer from the time I could hold a crayon. I spent most of my childhood writing (what I considered to be) horror stories, and most of my teen years filling up spiral notebooks with long, angst-filled dramas. But it wasn’t until after I’d put writing aside in order to live and work in the Real World when I realized it meant more to me than an idle hobby. I decided to take writing seriously in 2006, became agented in 2007, sold my first book in 2008, hit the USA Today list in 2014, and hit the top ten of the New York Times in 2016.

Where are you when you’re not in front of the computer writing?
Absolutely everywhere I can, lol. I moved to Costa Rica in 2012. I also have been to Russia, China, Morocco, the United Kingdom, Greece, most of continental Europe and most of both North and Central America. Travel and writing are my two biggest passions!

Do you have a day job?
Not anymore. I used to run a web development company. This meant, in addition to writing, I was creating, designing, and programming websites seven days a week. It could be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

What do you like to read?
If it’s fiction, I gobble it up like ice cream. (And I love ice cream.) I’ve never outgrown YA—I enjoy reading Young Adult novels just as much today as I did when I fell into the target age group. I love thrillers, mysteries, suspense, horror, procedurals, science fiction, fantasy, madcap comedies, and most of all: romance.

Why romance?
Because, to me, a well-written romance has it all: humor, suspense, emotion, sexual tension, a love story, and a happy ending. A romance can have gothic, horror-style elements. A romance can suck you into the world as it was centuries ago–or how it might be, centuries to come. A romance can make you cry, make you laugh, terrify you, amuse you, entertain you, wrap you up in emotional knots–and then leave you happy and satisfied when you finally reach The End, eager for more.