Erin Casey

Spotlight Sunday


About Erin Casey

Erin Casey graduated from Cornell College in 2009 with degrees in English and Secondary Education.

She attended the Denver Publishing Institute and has been a recruiter ever since. She is the Communications and Student Relationships Manager at The Iowa Writers’ House and one of two Directors of The Writers’ Rooms, a non-profit corporation that focuses on creating a free, safe environment for all writers. Just like in her book, community is very important to her. 

An advocate for mental health, Erin’s written and published several articles on the Mighty, specifically about anxiety and depression. 

She’s also a devoted bird mom.

The Purple Door District

Bianca was supposed to attend art school in Chicago, not run for her life from Hunters. The only chance she has to survive is to find The Purple Door District, a safe haven for a parahuman like herself. When she stumbles upon a magus named Gladus and a fellow avian named Carlos, she thinks she’s found safety. But the Hunters are relentless, as is the dark force driving them.

Vampire, werewolf, avian, magus.

It’s up to the parahumans of the Purple Door District of Chicago to put their differences aside to save Bianca and stop a dark threat from destroying their peaceful community.

The Purple Door District is part of a series with book two, Wolf Pit, currently in production.

Erin’s Writing Process

Writers generally label themselves as plotters or panters. I’m very much a plantser (or “planter” as one of my friends joking calls me since I cultivate seeds/ideas and help them blossom). I spend hours creating outlines for my story, but once my characters take control, they can turn a 23 chapter book into a 70+ chapter trilogy. No joke, this actually happened.

I’m a fantasy lover at heart so most of my writing delves into medieval fantasy, YA fantasy, urban fantasy, etc. I’ve published one book thus far, and I’m currently querying a YA LGBT dragon book that I hope finds a home in a publishing house one of these days. I also have the medieval trilogy that I so fondly mentioned sitting on the back burner. Needless to say, I have far too many projects going at once, but at least I always have something I can turn to when I want to write.

My philosophy is, write the books you want to read. Create a world that others can see themselves in. I try to make my books diverse so they’re relatable to my readers because we live in a very unique, beautiful, and culturally diverse world. It’s important we support each other, and that goes for other writers as well.

The publishing industry is competitive, there’s no doubt about that, but I’d rather encourage and support my fellow writers so that we all succeed than try to step on people’s heads. I believe in the writing community, and I do my best to support those who feel like they’re not good enough.

As a writer, you’re never really alone. There’s always someone out there who understands your literary struggle and knows what you’re going through.

How to find Her

Website (look under store to purchase your signed copy)



Twitter @erincasey09