You may have noticed a new face at the Engen Books booth at Avalon Expo this year and in the photos that found their way online after it. You may have also noticed that Cinders, the latest Engen title and first title in the Xander Drew series, was by far one of the best quality-wise that Engen Books has produced, on par with Infinity even. All these things have one thing in common: Erin Vance, Editor.
Erin Vance is a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program who has, recently, accepted the position of the main editor for all Engen titles: both new titles coming through the Engen machine, and new editions of existing titles.
Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, The Song of the Mockingjay, explored the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.
"Erin is one of the most fiercely intelligent people working in literature today," said Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. "She takes the time to understand each character in a novel and understand their voice. She's not just checking for errors: when you hire Erin, you're hiring one of the best writing partners you could ever have. She'll remove your flaws and make all your good parts better. I like to think I have a sixth sense for creatively brilliant people. I scooped her up immediately."
But who is Erin Vance? Get to know her better with her first Engen Interview!
What is your favorite word?
Erin: "Befuddle - because I like it at this moment. Ask me again tomorrow - I'll have a different one."
2. What is your least favorite word?
Erin: "Discrimination - because people don't use it properly and sometimes they use it to excuse their actions, and the fact that by choosing this word I know I'm about to start a kerfuffle."
3. What is your favorite movie?
Erin: "When Harry Met Sally. Or is it Captain America: The Winter Soldier...? Both? Maybe both..."
4. What is your favorite book?
Erin: "Oh, sheesh. Um. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. Or, um, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Or Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Or whatever book I pick up next."
5. What was the last book you read for pleasure?
Erin: "Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I give it a solid B."
6. What are you currently working on?
Erin: "Not a Robin/Starfire fanfic, that's for sure..."
7. How did you get involved with Engen?
Erin: "One day this obnoxious guy from my English class [Matthew LeDrew] asked me if I wanted a job. I said yes."
8. What is your favorite Engen Book?
Cinders. :P But I'm biased.
9. What (professionally) would you most like to accomplish?
Erin: "I want to have my own stuff published. And then make my possible children read it."
10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Erin: "I don't even know. Guess that's why I'm going back to school."
11. What profession would you not like to do?
Erin: "Anything Medical."
12. What's Next?
Erin: "Well, in four weeks, I'm driving across this country with my little brother. Hopefully I figure something else out along the way."