First of all, my e-mail is hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com. If that’s all you needed, hope to hear from you there. If you’d like to know about me, then keep reading!
I’m Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi and I’m a published author, writer, author, journalist, editor, marketer, public relations professional, and photographer. I have Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism, English, and History from Ashland University, 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.
My debut collection, BREATHE. BREATHE., is a mix of dark poetry and short stories and was published by Unnerving Magazine for their book line in October 2017. Upon it’s debut, it reached #2 on the Amazon paid Hot New Release Best-seller list, right behind New York Times Best-seller Rupi Kaur’s second book that came out at around the same time. I’m also featured in Unnerving’s anthology, HARDENED HEARTS, with my story, “The Heart of the Orchard” and this published in December of 2017. As well, one of my stories from BREATHE. BREATHE., “Dandelion Yellow,” is re-printed in the anthology called MY FAVORITE STORY. This anthology is made up of authors and podcast hosts of the Project Entertainment Network and includes work by Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, Mary SanGiovanni, and more.
I have about 20 years experience in the PR, Marketing, Advertising, Media, Writing, Journalism, Editing, and Communications fields, working in publicizing and marketing authors, people, healthcare services, tourism and travel, awareness issues, non-profit organizations, books, clothing, entertainment, events, festivals, and more. I’ve written and edited numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects, for business clients, magazines, websites, as well as novels. I written content for marketing materials, advertising: ads, billboards, radio and TV ads, websites, social media, and blogs. And…..I’ve been writing my whole life, ever since winning my local newspaper’s essay contest when I was a teen.
*Ashland County Woman of Achievement 2009
*Young Careerist of the Year (2008) representing Ohio’s Business and Professional Women
*Mayoral Proclamation naming Oct. 08, 2008 Erin Al-Mehairi day
*Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities
How did my editing start? Well…
*Senior NewsEditor, The Collegian, Ashland University
*Editor, Poetry Press, Ashland University
*Editor, Mapleton High School newpaper
I currently own Addison’s Compass Public Relations and Hook of a Book Media and Publicity, 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.
Hook of a Book Media Services: http://wp.me/P1heHH-1eT
See me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/erinalmehairi/
See me on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ErinAlMehairi/about
Reviews on the Blog:
I’m a very hands-on mother of three children (18, 14, 10), all who are early and avid readers who love books as much as I do. My son’s blog is historical and political and he’s at Seize the Moment: http://www.nassemalmehairi.wordpress.com, where he also reviews books.
I am diverse in my interests and publicize many types of book on this site (this doesn’t include for work) and sometimes my children help in reviewing children’s literature – middle grade, YA, and even adult. 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 2015, 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 40 years in the field of communications/editing/journalism/marketing/publicity and he assists me with Addison’s Compass Public Relations and Hook of a Book Media.
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 more. 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/social media manager/blogger who has worked as a long time reporter, news and copy editor for a newspaper (and is an award winning headline and editorial writer), an advertising/communications agency, an appliance company (think nationally known blenders), for one of the biggest law firms in Ohio in the marketing department doing content writing, communications, and blogging/social media. Currently he works for clients for whom he does copy writing for ads, newsletters, white papers, etc., with the marketing department at a company in Cleveland as a writer, and he works as an Assistant Editor at the online newspaper, RichlandSource in Richland County, Ohio. He also takes on freelance clients, like for instance, he works with attorneys on their marketing.
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 used to sell my photos as prints or notecards, but I need to find a new source for printing. Most of this takes a hiatus when we are so busy with everything else or might go as the seasons change. Check out my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/breathebeautyartandphotography.
Books and Things I Like:
I love history, fairy tales, fantasy, Tudor England, Egyptology, Paris, Victorian, paranormal, psychological horror, 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, Deborah Harkness, Madeline L’Engle, C.W. Gortner, Dandi Mackall, Kate Mosse, Sue Harrison, Kathleen and Michael Gear, Eva Stachniak. I like historical fiction, especially on ancient Egypt, Rome, Tudor-era England, or Native American; horror-paranormal, psychological; thriller/suspense; YA and children’s books.
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: https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/q-and-a-with-authors-starting-with-me/