Interview: Erik Therme

Please welcome Erik Therme, author of Mortom and Resthaven.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
My Saturdays come fairly close to a perfect day. I head into my basement office and start writing around 8 in the morning; I break for a workout around 10; and then it’s time for lunch (with a good book). Once I’ve digested, I write again, do any pending house/yard work, and then get ready for dinner. Evenings are family time—usually games or a movie.

Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase/expression, or meal?
I’m seldom witnessed without a sarcastic comment.

eBook Cover (Resthaven)Which books/authors inspired or influenced you the most?
I often joke that I learned to write by reading Stephen King, but it’s the absolute truth. I discovered Misery in junior high and immediately began crafting my own tales of horror. Most were pretty lousy, but the more King I devoured, the more respectable my writing became. Eventually I moved away from the ‘supernatural elements’ and found my own style.

Do you listen to music when you write?
Music is always a necessity, and—depending on the project—can vary from heavy metal to movie soundtracks.

If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
Dark chocolate that’s bitter, chalky, and unsure if it’s supposed to taste good.

What made you interested in writing this particular story?
My current work-in-progress is about a father searching for his missing daughter, who might—or might not—have been kidnapped. I wanted to tell a story that blurs the line between right and wrong and keeps the reader unsure who to root for.

What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?
Family is always a strong theme in my work. I’m endlessly fascinated by how supportive—or destructive—siblings and parents can be toward one another when it comes to family politics.

Tell us about your main character.
Dan, the missing girl’s father, has little in his life outside of his daughter and will do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if it means taking the law into his own hands. He’s driven, passionate, and believes his way is the only way.

Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.
Dan is based on Jack Shepard (ABC’S Lost), Caleb (Bates Motel), and Hank from the brilliantly written novel A Simple Plan.

If you could host a mystery-author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?

Joe Hart (the guy knows how to tell a great story)
Joseph Souza (a heckuva nice fella and a great writer)
Simon Wood (to pick his brain about all things writing)
Blake Crouch (to get the inside scoop on Wayward Pines)
Suzanne Munshower (to listen to her amazing life anecdotes)
Jeff Menapace (because our writing styles are so similar it’s eerie)

What’s next for you?
My third novel, Roam, is going through the editing process and will hopefully see publication by the end of this year. I’m also planning a limited release of my first (unpublished) novel, Kat, which will only be available through giveaways and to subscribers at


Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his oldest daughter’s volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 3 with his twelve-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only seven places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.


11 thoughts on “Interview: Erik Therme”

  1. Welcome to Mysteristas, Erik. What a delightfully chilling book you describe. Your description of Dan has multiple storylines swirling in my head. Now I need to read Rest Haven to find out which one you selected.


  2. Great interview, Erik, and thanks for visiting! I really enjoy stories about the complexity of sibling relationships so I’ll definitely be checking your books out. I was surprised to see King didn’t make the cut for your dinner party! Maybe he can make a guest appearance 😉


  3. Okay, I’m trying to sound this out in my head. You can still write horror without the supernatural element, right? Is that what I read? Because your cover (which I love) is definintely on the horror side of things.

    I really, really, really want to come to your dinner party. I know Simon and devoured Wayward Pines. Maybe I can sit quietly (not likely) in a corner?


  4. Thanks to everyone for their generous comments. And Peg Brantley, if I ever get Simon and Blake to dinner, you are more then welcome to join. All 3 of share a publishing house, so you never know. 🙂


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