Erica Marie Hogan: What Makes A Writer Tick?


Everyone’s Story is pleased to introduce about-to-be debut author Erica Marie Hogan. I became acquainted with Erica through our mutual publisher, Elk Lake Publishing. As new novelists, these past few months had us exchanging thoughts and waylaying each others’ butterflies from an all out takeover!  This week Erica shares about what inspires her to write. Writers, do you see similarities between your inspiration and Erica’s? Readers, are you fascinated by what makes a writer tick? Both Erica and I look forward to hearing from you. 






Blurb for The Lost Generation:

On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever.

When John, Jared and Will find themselves thrust together in France and Emma and Christy decide to seek out their missing husbands, the lives of these three families intertwine in ways that none of them could possibly have imagined. Working together in a field hospital, Emma and Christy learn to rely on and protect each other. Lost together in a strange forest and cut off from their unit, the three soldiers run and hide.

But the further they go, the more they realize that the chances of all of them making it out unscathed are nonexistent and Emma and Christy find that blood is not easy to wash off, but no friendship is stronger than that made during times of war, sacrifice and healing.


What inspires you to write? By Erica Marie Hogan

This is the question I think I’m most often asked. I think about it for a few minutes, contemplating what exactly it is that inspires me. Is it the books I read? The movies I watch? Or my own vivid imagination? All of these things play a part, certainly. Books keep my imagination alive. Some of the best advice I ever received as a young writer was ‘Read, read and read some more!’ An author I admire, and of whose work I am a huge fan, told me that. But ultimately, I think what inspires me most is my love for the craft.

I discovered I wanted to write stories when I was very young. I’d always had a fondness for writing, but my stories were never original and I did it for fun. I believe I first realized I wanted to be a serious historical fiction author when I read one of Lauraine Snelling’s novels. I found I couldn’t put it down and inspiration lit like a little candle in my heart. I fell in love, not only with her stories, and others like them, but with the idea of writing such inspirational, faith-filled novels of my own. I wanted to give to another reader what I had received in discovering this genre. I was thirteen at the time.


That was eleven years ago now. I started writing back then and didn’t stop. I don’t think I could’ve stopped if I tried. The trouble was, I was so young. I wasn’t taken seriously as a writer because my work needed a lot of, well, work. 😉 I remember getting a lot of sweet little smiles, the doubtful kind. The kind that say, ‘You’re sweet and cute, but what you want will probably never happen.’ Normally, I would have been discouraged by this. I probably would’ve given up. But I didn’t. Because writing was something that was in me. It was already a part of me, so I couldn’t give it up even if I tried. I considered other careers. I thought about what life would be like if I took on a full-time career that left no room for writing.

Nothing appealed to me. I always came back to that blank Word document, ready to start something new. To write the novel I was meant to write. The novel God wanted me to write. Being anything else wasn’t an option and that was true before even I realized it.

In early 2014 my father handed me a book. It was about World War One and the generation of men that was lost to it. It stuck with me. I couldn’t shake the stories I read and I knew right then that I had to write about it. So I started The Lost Generation. It took me six months to write it and even now, I’m editing it. Reworking it. Making it the best that it can be. I hope to share it with all of you soon. The Lost Generation is my baby. I know that sounds silly, but it’s true. It is one amongst many of my stories that stands out, that I can’t stop thinking about. My characters, the tragedies they witness, and how they overcome it, all remains with me day after day.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. But every contest I entered, every critique I received, and every tear I shed, was worth it. It will always be worth it. Because it all served to make me a better writer, to work harder, and to smile. Because I’m doing what I love and that’s the most important thing of all.

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Author’s Bio:

Erica Marie Hogan is 23-years-old and as far back as she can remember she loved to write. It started with a love for reading. But when the stories she read on the page weren’t enough anymore, she started writing them herself. She’s been writing stories since she was ten.

Erica was born in New York but now calls Texas home. She was home-schooled through high school, raised in a faithful household, and discovered her deep love of history when she was a teenager.

God has placed it on her heart to write, and her dreams are coming true. Having faith that it would happen has brought her where she is today, and she looks forward to sharing these stories that are all bottled up in her head with the world. Watch for the coming release of her first novel, The Lost Generation.

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27 comments to Erica Marie Hogan: What Makes A Writer Tick?

  • Hi Erica:

    Someone once said that ‘I write because I cannot not write’. Archibald Macleish wrote that we have poetry because we don’t have enough without it. I believe that some of us are born storytellers. Little children (and future authors), even before they could read and write, have been known to create plays for their friends to act in (or their dolls). Such stories are almost a cliché in author biographies.

    I don’t think it is a question of what it is that makes us writers…I think it is more a question of what is it that stops everyone else from becoming writers. I don’t think a reason is necessary any more than one needs a reason for why one is left handed.

    Now a question for you: Are you sure you want to use “The Lost Generation” as a title? It’s hard to think of another title with a greater set of built-in expectations than this one. I am a devotee of “The Lost Generation”. I’ve seen “Midnight in Paris” 22 times in the theater. I took my military discharge in Europe so I could live in Paris until my savings ran out. My idols were all those authors who hung out at Shakespeare and Company in the 1920’s. For the legions of fans like me, “The Lost Generation” starts with Gertrude Stein’s comment at a service station in France and ends with Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”.

    Hemingway said he was part of a generation that stumbled at birth and never got back on its feet. He was born at the birth of the century. His teens were the century’s teens, his twenties were the century’s twenties. There was the Panic of 1907, Panic of 1911, Recession of 1913-14, then WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, finally the Korean War. He felt that his generation lost its chance at a normal life.

    The only title I can think of right off that would come with a greater set of expectations is “The Bible”.

    This is just something to think about.

    I’d love to read your book the day it is released!


    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Vince! What an interesting question–what stops others from becoming a writer? Well, I know many who aren’t usually 1) don’t get “story” whether reading one or writing one and 2) don’t have the patience to sit down and do the countless hours of really hard work. For instance, nothing against my husband but he definitely wouldn’t be able to sit down for as many hours as I do and lose himself in a story… yet, give him a piano and he could certainly play for hours. We are all so different, aren’t we? I think God designed us humans with as much varying interests as there are so many varying cats!

  • Erica Marie Hogan

    Hi Vince!

    You are correct, the title does set a high expectation, and I hope that my book reveals the symbolism and emotion I wish to convey by choosing it. When I was writing the story, I tried to think of what I wanted the book to be about. Did I want it to be about the love story? My characters faith? The journey they were on? All of these things I consider before ending with a title. I realized that, while all of those things are my story, the real message behind it was what my characters witness. The tragedy of the war. The sacrifice and pain. It’s about my characters witnessing this war and the consequences of it. As I was writing, I decided that the title The Lost Generation was the only title that could truly express the story I am trying to tell.

    Thank you for your question! I hope you enjoy my book when it’s published.

  • Really enjoyed this interview and am so impressed with this 23-year-old who knows what she wants to do! As for Vince’s question, I find a lot of people would like to have written. They don’t want to do the hard work that it takes to write a book. Look forward to reading Erica’s book!

    • elaineadmin

      I hear you, Pat! When I was 23 I enjoyed writing but listened to too many “adults” advising to pursue better things like money… not that I listened to that advice either–LOL. Well, we can’t go back to change things but with His grace we can certainly move forward.

    • Erica Marie Hogan

      Hi Patricia!
      Thank you! I agree. I’ve been told so many times by others they thought about writing, but could never seem to get around to it. Another thing I’ve been told is they think I’ve chosen something easy. That always makes me smile because it’s not. Writing is hard! But it’s worth it, and that’s what I always tell everyone. 🙂

  • Steve F. Escoto

    I’m glad I ran into this post. It was good to ask myself the same basic question, “What inspires me to write? What does? As with Erica, I think it’s a common denominator of Spirit! A belief and connection with our creator that inspires us to enter a field that we love and using the tools of which to express ourselves.

    The greatest of all writers, directors, story tellers, playwrights, etc. is of course the Great Spirit, however we conceive Him to be. And being created in Her image and likeness it’s only natural that we would strive to be these things too.

    Now if I could just get out of my own way and allow my Spirit to express itself I might actually get some work done!

  • Erica Marie Hogan

    Hi Steve!
    Thank you for reading and for your wonderful comments! Good luck with your writing!

  • Hi Erica and Elaine,

    What a great post. Took me a while to get to it, but I enjoyed your passion, Erica. I share that, which is why I write. But have to also address the why people don’t write part: I didn’t, consistently for DECADES. And it was all about lack of confidence. Heartwarming to see that this obstacle doesn’t block your path! And Vince, what WOULD you think would be a good title for Erica’s book?

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for visiting, Gail. I hope you’ll now make up for lost time, that He has braced you up with confidence to write the stories He has placed in your heart 🙂

  • Erica Marie Hogan

    Hi Gail!
    Thank you! Writing hasn’t always been easy. I’ve had my struggles, but I think pushing through and never stopping, even when the things I wrote weren’t necessarily up to my own standards, was the key. It’s hard to have confidence sometimes. But I believe as long as you love what you do, then nothing should discourage you from pursuing it.

  • Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  • Toni Shiloh

    I’m so glad you kept at the craft. Congrats on your upcoming novel.

  • Marilyn R

    Hello Elaine and Erica, I enjoyed this post. Erica, congratulations on your upcoming debut novel, The Lost Generation. Historical inspirational fiction is wonderful to read as you obtain history while reading a clean book. Our veterans who fought in WWI and WWII endured more than more Americans realize. Thank you again for sharing with Elaine. I look forward to reading The Lost Generation.

    • elaineadmin

      Marilyn, I enjoy each time you visit with me and my guests ❤ So happy you’re looking forward to reading Erica’s novel… and yes, I can see her smiling!

    • Erica Marie Hogan

      Thank you, Marilyn! That is so true. I’ve learned a great deal about history from historical fiction, writing and reading it. I hope you enjoy The Lost Generation when it’s released!

  • Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the interview. I will be looking for the release of The Lost Generation. It sounds like a good one.

  • elaineadmin

    Today I’m thankful for all those who have visited my special guest this past week, Erica Marie Hogan, and cheering Erica along in her about to release debut novel–THE LOST GENERATION. A very recent debut novelist myself, believe me, I truly know all the up and down emotions that Erica is likely feeling at this point. It was so good of all of you to express interest in reading her novel!

    Erica, I’m thrilled for you that your dreams of publication are about to become realized. May you be blessed with many more stories seeing the light of becoming novels enjoyed by many! Thanks so much for being my lovely guest this past week.

    May each of you be blessed during this special miraculous Easter weekend. May the world experience His peace and love, for ever and ever.

  • Erica Marie Hogan

    Thank you so much Elaine! I enjoyed being a guest on your blog this week. Many blessing on your writing as well!
    Happy Easter!

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