Erica Abbott, Writer

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Erica Abbott writes novels of romance and intrigue for Bella Books,a premier publisher of lesbian fiction and nonfiction. You may purchase her books at

The books include

Alex/CJ series (romantic intrigue):

Fragmentary Blue
Certain Dark Things
Acquainted with the NIght (coming in 2013)

One Fine Day (coming Spring 2013)

As part of the "Next Big Thing" blog hop, Erica has answers to reader questions.

What is the title of your next book?

Certain Dark Things will be published by Bella Books in December 2012.

What is the synopsis of the book?

Certain Dark Things is a sequel to Fragmentary Blue, a story of a captain of detectives and internal affairs officer who fall in love and try to create a life together. In Certain Dark Things, they've been together for some time, but their relationship is threatened when they find themselves on opposite sides of an investigation involving a fatal shooting by a police officer.  Tensions escalate as the officer interferes in their personal relationship as well as their professional relationship, and a conspiracy begins to unfold. The story is primarily about a romantic relationship set against a police procedural plot.

How long did it take you write the book?

It typically takes me about 4-6 months to finish a the first draft of a book. I sometimes work on more than one book at a time, so it's hard to say exactly how long any specific book may take.

What else about the book might pique readers' interest?

The characters are mature women in a long-term relationship, with all of the challenges and opportunities that implies. If readers enjoyed Fragmentary Blue, they should enjoy this sequel. If readers like their romance spiced with intrigue and/or the elements of a police procedural, Certain Dark Things should be their cup of tea. 

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I try to visualize the characters clearly as I write, and it actually helps for me to think of a specific person to model them from a physical standpoint.  CJ resembles a red-headed Trisha Yearwood, though Julianne Moore would be a fine casting choice, too. Casting for Alex is tough, since she's not conventionally pretty. I was thinking of Nancy McKeon, a former child star who appeared as a tough cop in a series a few years ago called The District.

What inspired you to write the book?

My career as an attorney for many years put me in contact with number of police officers, with whom I was privileged to work. I like the tension that the dangerous nature of their work adds to the plot of the novel.

Other authors to check out: if you like your romance with a unique twist, check out Mary Griggs. Her newest novel, Crash Stop, has just been published by Bella Books. And if you prefer your romance laughing out loud, pick up Tats or the sequel Tats Too by Layce Gardner. You won't be disappointed! 


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