Before you get to know me, if you just need to email me it is hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com. *smile*
I’m Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi and I’m a writer, author, journalist, marketer, public relations professional and photographer. I have a BA in Journalism, English, and History from a private university in Ohio. I was born in England, near Suffolk, on an Air Force Base where my mom and dad were stationed and we lived for almost 3 years in a quaint cottage off-base before returning to the United States, where I currently live.
I have over 13 years experience in the PR, Marketing, and Communications fields, working in publicizing and marketing people, healthcare services, awareness issues, non-profit organizations, books, clothing, entertainment, events, festivals, and more. However, I’ve been writing my whole life, ever since winning my local newspaper’s essay contest when I was a teen! And I like writing best.
I currently own Addison’s Compass Public Relations and Hook of a Book, which I run from home while caring for my children. I am also working on several manuscripts in various genres: children, historical, and horror/suspense.
Reviews on the Blog:
I’m a very hands-on mother of 3 young children (13, 9, 5), all who are early and avid readers who love books as much as I do. I am diverse in my interests and publicize many types of book on this site and sometimes my children help in reviewing children’s literature, 4th through middle grade YA, and even adult (my son). And be warned, I do sometimes delve into the background of a book, expound on the history component if it is historical, and offer more than just a straight review. I’m long-winded!
Read My Interview with Pittsburgh Examiner about My Historical Fiction Consumption:
As I noted, I am a writer myself. I’ve been writing articles, press releases, news pieces, website copy, material and ad copy, and blogging for years. I also have written a lot of poetry. In 2011, I finally started sketching and journaling about a children’s book series I’ve been dying to write! It’s a magical adventure series and in chapter book form.
Now, in 2013, finding I didn’t get as far along with these as I’d have liked being a working mom (who works and cares for her kids simultaneously), I also began to make some tangible writing goals. I’ve now started a horror/suspense adult fiction and it’s got some major revenge tones mixed with the paranormal. Taking place in Amherst, Mass., Emily Dickinson makes an appearance….
I’m additionally compiling research for an historical fiction based on my first family member to come to the United States in the 1600s when it became New Amsterdam….an English aristocracy,who was also Dutch for awhile, who was gifted land here that eventually became Manhattan.
I also have all these other ideas floating around my head that haunt me at night and tell my fingers to type. Additionally, Tim and I are making great headway in a partnership story that is a magical fantasy that is very exciting to write!
As I mentioned, my fiance and I are freelance journalists and writers, as well as aspiring authors. We have a combined 25 years in the field of communications/editing/journalism/marketing/publicity and he assists me with Addison’s Compass Public Relations and Oh, for the Hook of a Book! as well as keeping up with his own review blog.
We can write articles, blog, edit, manage social media, work with media, write press releases, bios, advertise, publicize, copy edit and consult, and perform marketing duties, create marketing materials, and proofread. I’d love to focus now on working with authors and am open for consultations.
Tim is a former newspaper journalist/news editor turned marketer/copywriter who has worked for an advertising/communications agency, an appliance company (think nationally known blenders) and recently for one of the biggest law firms in Ohio in the marketing department doing content writing, communications, and social media. He’s now adding more to his life experience by entering the retail movie business.
Tim is also an author, almost completing his first conspiracy thriller novel ,and you can find his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/messages/543612461#!/TimBusbeyAuthor?fref=ts and you can see my blog post about his work from March 2013 when gave a synopsis by CLICKING HERE. He also has a horror novel in the works.
I also dabble with my hobby and utilize my Breathe Beauty Art and Photography as an outlet for my creative side and love of art and fine art photography. I primarily capture nature or outdoor architectural or historical photography. I sell photos for book covers. I like to create whimsy and fantasy with some of my shots. I sell my photos as prints or notecards, I enjoy doing arts and crafts with my children as well. Check out my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/breathebeautyartandphotography and see what we are up to or www.breathebeautyartandphotography.wordpress.com (though on a hiatus due to TIME, lots of good past blogs there)!
Books and Things I Like:
I love history, fairy tales, fantasy, Tudor England, Egyptology, Paris, Victorian, paranormal, mythology, ancient cultures, food and baking, writing, reading, yoga, and art. I like walks outdoors with my camera and family, baking new things with my kids, and browsing old and new bookstores, vintage thrift stores, classical music AND rock music, art galleries and museums.
My favorite writers are Stephen King, Ted Dekker, Edgar Allan Poe, Brian Moreland, Madeline L’Engle, C.W. Gortner, Dandi Mackall, and anyone who writes historical fiction, especially on ancient Egypt, Rome, Tudor-era England, or Native American.
Here I am talking about my writing on BlogTalkRadio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2011/02/14/dellanis-tea
If you’d like to read a Q and A with me from 2011 it’s here: http://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/q-and-a-with-authors-starting-with-me/