Hello, I’m Erica Drayton and I write fiction.

I love being a storyteller

But let me start at the beginning. My love of stories came from my mother, a former high school English teacher. From the moment I was old enough to walk my mother had me reading and learning how to form sentences. She showered me with books from all walks of life and never stopped me from wanting to explore new genres whenever we went to the bookstore (which was often).

My first attempt at original work came in the form of poetry that I started writing when I was a teenager and continued to do well into my college years. I even dabbled a bit in writing an entire television series! Heck, I grew up during the height of primetime television with shows like 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena Warrior Princess, and others. I wanted to see my words spoken by actors on the big screen.

Friday Fiction 2.0 (the comeback)

It was around 2019, or so, when I found myself needing to take a break from writing long fiction (novels) but I didn’t want to stop writing altogether. I decided I would write short stories instead. Every week I would start writing a story and on Friday’s release it. The purpose was singular; keep telling stories. I love telling stories but just could no longer sustain the larger ideas for novels and series in my head. It was a good thing too, because I discovered my secret love of short fiction! What was meant to just be a short phase in my writing career till I was mentally ready to get back to writing novels became something I didn’t want to let go. I loved it so much, in fact, that I decided to turn my short fiction into podcast episodes where I read them aloud.

I stepped away from writing short stories, for a time, but my heart seemed to always be there. The ability to come up with new characters, new stories, every time appealed to me more than staying with the same characters book after book. So, why can’t I do both? Satisfy my love of short fiction while fulfilling my dream of becoming a novelist. And that is where 2.0 comes in.

With my new Friday Fiction writing I don’t want to commit the entire year, every year, just to short fiction. I want to give myself room to explore other avenues and ideas that may lead towards writing a full length novel. Therefore, I’ve dissected the year to give myself breaks from writing short fiction, and during those breaks release podcast episodes reading the stories I just wrote. It will amount to almost half the year away from writing short fiction but I’m sure you’ll hardly notice.

And along with my new set-up, this will bring at least 15 brand new short stories yearly that will be brought together into a collection (or seasons, as I like to call it) with one bonus longer short story included. This annual collection will be made available on Amazon in all formats (hardcover, paperback, digital). But, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get the digital copy for FREE!

Other ways to stay connected

If you haven’t already, you should subscribe to my newsletter. The serial novel isn’t the only thing you’ll find here. I’m also going to be sharing my thoughts and opinions on my journey, not only as a writer but as a creative person. And my exclusive Friday Fiction 2.0 which will be free always for anyone to read will be short-short fiction released every Friday that you can read and enjoy in one sitting.

But aside from my newsletter, you should follow me on Twitter and Instagram cause I post on there all the time, and did you know I stream my writing on my YouTube Channel? Just hit that subscribe button and notification bell so you won’t miss them and be there LIVE while I’m writing or sprint with me while you write your own story.

Happy reading,