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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Interview: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson


Please help me welcome author Gayle Erickson to Full Moon Bites for an author interview! Read on below for the interview and more about her book Grannie Panties are Under Rated!



Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a married stay-at-home mom with twin teenagers. They are both seniors in high school and about to leave the nest so it seemed like the perfect time for me to pursue my second-career as a writer, something I’ve always wanted to do. When I’m not busy writing, or spending time with my family, I enjoy walking my dogs, reading good books, and sharing a nice bottle of wine (or two!) with girlfriends.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

My goal with Grannie Panties are Underrated was to write a book like the type I like to read – fun, entertaining, fast-faced, full of surprising twists, and just enough saucy bits to keep it interesting.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

I have always loved to write and was active in my both my high school and college newspapers. This continued after graduation, where I was required to do a lot of writing in my professional life. Writing fiction for a living has been a life-long dream.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?

Redemption is the main theme of the book. It is valuable, I think, to remember that our worst mistakes and poorest decisions do not define us. We teach our children this, but often demand more of ourselves. Elle’s story is a reminder that, if we so chose, we control the ability to live our lives as the best version of ourselves.
Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

The character of Elle came to me first – the idea of a middle-aged suburban housewife who is seemingly living a perfect life, but hiding a dark and sordid past was something I wanted to explore.

What was the inspiration for this novel?

It is human nature to put forth one’s best self to the world. This instinct is taken to new extremes now with the use of social media, where we are barraged with constant images of our friends and acquaintances documenting their perfect vacation, perfect children, perfect marriage, and perfectly perfect lives on Facebook. I am intrigued by the differences between the persona that one portrays with reality and wanted to explore what happens to a woman forced to reconcile who she pretends to be with who she really is. In addition, I think at one point or another, everyone approaching middle-age has looked at their life and wondered if they recognize the person they have become and if it is the person they always wanted to be.

Where can we purchase this book?

It is available on Amazon both in paperback form, and Kindle

Can we expect more novels from you in 2017/2018?

 I am currently working on another fiction book titled Double Fault which is about a former professional tennis player who is accused of sexual assault against a high school player he coaches. It is told from the point of view of the coach, the player, and the player’s mom. Part satire of the culture of competitive youth sports in America, the book explores just how far parents are willing to go to ensure success for their children. Look for it in the summer of 2018.

Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Yes, the book I am currently working on will be more in the suspense/drama category than chick lit.

How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?

As someone with children at a private school, I certainly drew on some of those experiences in creating the fictional school Country Day and its parents. Both of my kids also
participated in competitive youth sports, so I had plenty of fodder for describing those experiences. I think anyone with children will be able to relate with Elle’s struggles, as they have probably faced similar situations themselves.

Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?

I have been asked by many reading to write a sequel, but at this point, nothing is planned.

Why this genre(s)?

I love chick lit myself, and am always looking for the type of books I like to read.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” – Winnie The Pooh
I love this sentiment because it is a reminder to try and find joy in everything.

Can you tell us about your main character?

From the outside, Elle is living the American Dream. She lives a privileged life as a wealthy suburban housewife with a handsome and successful husband and two children. She has everything she has always wanted in life - all the things that she thought would bring her happiness. Beneath the surface, however, Elle is unhappy and deeply insecure. Exhausted by the pretension of her social set and worried about maintaining her role as a perfect wife and mother, she struggles to keep up appearances. Add to that, she is hiding a dark past and is terrified that the truth will come out and that she will be exposed for who she really is.

Tell us about your cover art and how it pertains to your story.

I wanted a pair of thong underwear and grannie panties on the cover 1) to indicate that this is very much a book for and about women; 2) to suggest it’s a light read and 3) because they are a metaphor for the main character’s life. The thong underwear represents Elle’s young self – a free, uninhibited party girl who is fun and up for anything. The grannie panties represent her middle-aged self – boring, practical and not the least bit sexy or daring.  The title carries on with this theme begging the question – are wearing grannie panties giving up or is a staid life really underrated?

Random Quickies!


Pepsi or coke?

Coffee - iced, hot, anyway, anytime!

Favorite kind of chocolate?

That’s like asking me to name my favorite child – if it has chocolate in it, I’ll eat it!

Cats or dogs?

Dogs - the more the merrier

Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;)

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – funny, smart and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have the best love story ever.

Favorite color?


Pink!


Chick Lit/ Women’s Fiction 
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Date Published: June 6, 2017

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Elle Martin has it all.

Handsome and successful husband. Check.
Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check.
Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story.

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s fa├žade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years.

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.



Praise for Grannie Panties Are Under Rated

"...a highly entertaining and thought provoking book!"
"Gayle Erickson is brilliantly gifted in telling this engaging, sometimes disturbing, yet compulsively addicting story of a woman in crisis due to the bonds of the guilt-filled lens of her past"
"It is visually rich and culturally expansive,"
"You will fall in love with each of these honest, imperfect characters and identify with their struggles, demons, and challenges. Exposing the raw truths we often try to mask..."
"Loved this book, could not put it down"
"A great retrospective of how we come to be who we are and where we are, often without intention or a road map. Like "Grannie's" characters, we all find moments of clarity or awareness, which give rise to change. All this and an accompanying playlist! A song for every chapter...what brilliant context!


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About the Author


Gayle Erickson is a Colorado native and graduate of The Colorado College. She lived in Tokyo, Japan and taught English for several years after graduation. Upon her return to the United States she worked in the non-profit sector. Gayle currently lives in suburban Denver with her husband, twin teen-age children, and two dogs. Grannie Panties Are Underrated is her debut novel.

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