Young Erika reading her winning short story for the Beverly Cleary short story contest 1997.

Erika grew up in southern California, where she spent most of her time reading, either indoors in her room or outside perched in the branches of neighborhood trees. A quintessential 90’s kid, she could almost always be found wearing Jellies sandals, taking care of her Tamagotchi, or collecting Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers. Born to a romance author and an IT professional who probably should have been a spy, she flourished on a steady diet of James Bond movies, Mission Impossible, and Get Smart.

Erika obtained her psychology degree from Northwest University, after which she found a job as a technical recruiter. Ill-suited for the job, she started blogging to relieve her stress and that blogging habit led her to a career in social media marketing. Encouraged by longtime blog readers, she participated in NaNoWriMo in 2008 and successfully completed her first novel. Her second, third, and fourth novels all followed shortly thereafter, though none of them were publishable.

In 2011, Erika finally decided she had something worth pitching and pitched her newest work, Enemy Accountant, at the PNWA Writers Conference. There, she caught the attention of the publisher at Champagne Books, who agreed to publish Enemy Accountant, which was later retitled Blood Money and published in February 2013.

Bai Tide, featuring the CIA case officer from Blood Money, followed in April 2015, and Take the Bai Road, the second in the Bai series, is completed and will be published July 2017.

Erika at a book signing for Blood Money 2013.

Erika believes good fiction should entertain first, and educate second. To that end, she spends months researching every last detail in her books in the hopes that her readers will feel immersed in the world of modern espionage. The locations in her books take readers on a journey to some of the most troubled and dangerous places in the world.

In her spare time, Erika enjoys goofing around with her children and husband, bowling, firing ranges, reading, and traveling.

Erika’s favorite shows in no particular order: Firefly, Scrubs, The Office, Mad Men, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Archer, Friends, Sherlock

Erika favorite color: Yellow

Erika’s weapon of choice in a fight: Probably a United States Marine

Erika’s favorite writing quote: “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” – Joss Whedon

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