Author & Journalist
Erica's first book was a collection of short stories, Gravity. Since then, her stories have been widely anthologized and broadcast on the radio, and her poems have appeared in the TLS and PNReview. Recently she has been collaborating with the French storyteller Abbi Patrix on a bilingual performance piece, Pas de Deux. Erica is also working on a new book: The Chief Engineer, A Biography of Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, which will be published by Bloomsbury.
Over the years Erica has interviewed the likes of Philip Roth, Seamus Heaney, Buzz Aldrin, Doris Lessing, Donna Tartt, Maurice Sendak, Philip Pullman, Gitta Sereny, Paul Auster, Alan Garner, Peter Ackroyd, Bill Bryson and Nick Hornby, to name a few; most of those piece appeared in The Times. She reviews regularly for The New York Times, and also appears frequently on the radio and on television. She has been a guest on such programmes as Today, Front Row, and The Culture Show.
Erica has judged many literary prizes; the Man Booker in 2002 (when the winner was Yann Martel’s Life of Pi), the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Forward Prize. She loves to listen to stories as well as read them, and seeks out fine storytellers from all over the world.Erica lives in London with her husband, teacher and writer Francis Gilbert.