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Urban fantasy novelist: Off the clock with Erin Vollick

Erin Vollick

Erin Vollick,
Senior Communications, Media, & Alumni Relations Officer


Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering


Pluto's Gate book coverWhat do you do off the clock?

I write novels.

My latest three are all urban fantasy novels. I love the genre fantasies set in the real world, in city spaces, with regular people. My latest is a retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone, Demeter and Pluto. The book is called Pluto’s Gate and it’s just been published under my pen name, L.E. Sterling.

My third novel is a voodoo detective novel, and the fourth is a Young Adult series about fairies (but these aren’t out yet).

My first book, The Originals, came out in 2002 under my original pen name, L.E. Vollick. I guess you could call this an ‘historical’ Young Adult novel.

How did you first become interested in writing novels?

I’ve always wanted to write. If I’m not writing, I’m not happy. I first attempted writing a novel when I was 11 years old, and I just kept at it. Later, I finished a BA and an MA in Creative Writing, which led to good things: my MA thesis was my first novel.

How and when can people buy your new book?

Pluto’s Gate is available at the usual bookstores: Chapters-Indigo, Amazon. This is the first time I’ll have an e-book out, though, which will likely be available at the end of June / beginning of July.

What (or who) inspires or influences your work?

My biggest influences right now are Charlene Harris — she’s the brilliant storyteller behind the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) novels, Patricia Briggs, and Tanya Huff. A good book, regardless of whether it’s high or low literature, should read like a really engrossing soap opera. This is what the urban fantasy genre does so well and why I love the genre so much.

Suggested by Jenny Hall, senior research communications officer in the Office of the Vice-President, Research