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Get to Know a Rep: Erin

March 25, 2011

We decided it would be fun to “reintroduce” ourselves to you, so we will be running “Get to Know a Rep” posts the next few weeks to give our readers a little more information on the people writing this blog! Monday, we featured Deanna. Wednesday, we got to know Nic better, and we are ending this week with Erin. Hope you enjoy this! As always, if you have more questions for us, please leave them in the comment section and we’ll respond there.  

Erin’s tiny readers

1. What is your favorite genre to read for fun? 

What I read most often is literary fiction. I get most of my recommendations from my indie booksellers, or through the Indie Next lists at IndieBound. Recent favorites include Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin and You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon. I also love mysteries, especially those set in Southern California, where I live. I recently discovered Michael Connelly and T. Jefferson Parker (yes, I’m late to the party on these!) and am racing through their backlists.  I almost never read short stories or nonfiction but I’m always open to suggestions for those genres!

2. What was a job you’ve had that our readers would find surprising? 

I waitressed on and off for a few summers in college. My favorite waitressing job was at Johnny Rockets in Pasadena. The hours were terrible, I came to truly despise hearing 1950’s songs, and I could hardly look at a hamburger by the end of the summer, but the money was great! (Don’t ask what we had to do when “My Kind of Town” by Frank Sinatra came on the jukebox; it is too embarrassing to share!)

3. What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

 I try to spend as much time with my kids as possible, which usually involves playing dress up, drawing and trips to the park. When I’m not with them, I love curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), shopping, running, trying new recipes, or hunting down mid century finds at garage sales and thrift shops.

4. Do you have a favorite memory of meeting or working with an author? 

The first author that I worked with as a rep was Richard Peck. He was touring for another publisher but since we had a few of his backlist titles, I somehow was asked to escort him to two bookstore events and out to lunch in between. He was so charming and elegant, a true professional, and also lovely to talk to. We met my mother-in-law and her business partner for lunch (they owned The Yellow Book Road at the time) and they were dazzled as well. I remember part of his presentation to the school classes at the events involved showing and critiquing his many book jackets in a dry, irreverent way.  He definitely set the bar high for authors that I would interact with over the past 10 years!

5. What was your favorite childhood bookstore? 

When I was really little, we lived just down the street from a wonderful little bookstore called Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA. My mom, sister and I would walk there so often that the owners knew us all well. Years later I visited the store as a rep and the owner remembered me by my maiden name!

Later in my childhood, we moved to South Pasadena and I spent many, many hours at the amazing Vroman’s Bookstore. When I’m in Los Angeles for work, I still always check their events schedule to see if I can catch a great author signing while I’m in town.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the impact that libraries had on me as a kid, though. I believe that I became the book-lover that I am today because I walked to the library every single week of my childhood where I was able to take home stacks and stacks of books. If I had to buy all of those books, I’m sure I would not have read nearly as many. The library was like a second home to me and I hope that they will still be around as my kids grow up.

(above photo credit Lot 116 Photography)


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    March 25, 2011 8:43 am

    I did not know your mother-in-law owned Yellow Book Road! Ever since I was introduced to the store when I was in the teaching credential program, I have loved going there! Any time I get money to spend on books at school, I always make sure that is where I spend the money.

  2. March 25, 2011 1:32 pm

    Those are some adorable babes!


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