Day: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? For Example, Hemingway’s house.
Evie: I once went to Paris, not as an ode to any one book, but to explore all the quirky little French bookstores. And I even got to visit some castles’ grand libraries. I think I was living out a Belle from Beauty and the Beast fantasy!
Day: If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
Evie: My latest book in the Fae of Manhattan series takes place in Tuscany, and I’ve become obsessed with the idea of spending a year writing in an Italian villa!
Day: Picture this: You feel uninspired while you have sat at the computer for an hour without conquering any words. How do you get your creativity flowing?
Evie: I take a lot of inspiration from books, TV shows, and movies I admire. I’ll go online and visit fan sites dedicated to those other stories. Seeing how much stories mean to an audience inspires me to create something special.
Day: Are you a plotter or a Pantser?
Evie: I’m a major plotter. I’ve built out all my fantasy worlds and rules of magic far in advance of ever writing a word.
Day: What is your most unusual writing quirk?
Evie: I usually have a black cat asleep in my lap while I’m writing!
Day: What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
Evie: I adore dark romance with a touch of magic. Something about the combination of danger and romance really grabs me.
Day: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Evie: I think when you read enough fiction in the same genre you write in, you get an innate sense of what readers expect, so you can bring original ideas that will still deliver everything a reader hopes to find.
Day: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Evie: Don’t try to write a book that will please everyone. Write the book of your heart, and it will find its readers, even if it’s a small but dedicated niche.
Day: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Evie: Early in my writing journey, I paid $50 for an editor’s critique of the first thing I ever wrote. She ripped it apart (nicely) and gave me so much mind-blowing valuable writing advice that helped me strengthen my craft.
Day: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Evie: Since my black cat is often with me while I write, I’ll go with a black cat.
Day: How many published and finished books/Vellas do you have?
Evie: Currently, I’m working on two Vella series: The Castles of the Eyrie series and the Fae of Manhattan series. As I finish each book within the series, I publish it as an ebook/paperback as well.
Day: What does literary success look like to you?
Evie: Hearing from readers! Getting emails, fan art, and even seeing cosplay costumes of my characters feels amazing.
Day: What’s the best way to market your books?
Evie: Marketing Vella series can be a challenge. I’ve had the most success with Facebook ads.
Day: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Evie: Before I begin writing, I’ll do just enough research to make sure my plot and setting work–then I’ll write the book, doing some research as I go along, and then do a final polish at the end.
Day: How many hours a day do you write?
Evie: I tend to write in bursts. No writing at all for two or three days, then a few days of 10,000+ words.
Day: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Evie: Absolutely! I sneak little easter eggs into my books for my VIP Reader Group. I’ve also held contests within the VIP Reader Group to have them name characters and locations.
Day: What was your most harrowing scene to write?
Evie: There is a death scene near the beginning of Scarbound (Castles of the Eyrie Book Two) that broke my heart to write.
Day: What is your favorite time to write, and why?
Evie: I’m at my most creative first thing in the morning. In the afternoons, my brain tends to turn to mush, so that’s when I do marketing or research. Then sometimes before bed, I will edit.
Day: Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists, or C) Epic settings?
Evie: It’s been said that readers come for the premise but stay for the characters. I think that’s true. Every book needs a great idea to hook readers, but if the characters aren’t compelling, no one will care or remember what happens to them.
Day: Can you give a shout-out to a fellow author?
Evie: Lately, I’ve been devouring Elizabeth Ash’s Vella series!
Evie’s Vellas are:
When Willow answers a mysterious nanny ad, she’s shocked that the employer is the handsome and reclusive billionaire Severn Wilde–and even more surprised to discover he’s a fae prince in disguise. But as wondrous as Severn’s realm is, rival fae courts, witches, and shifters make it a risky job–though falling for her magical boss might be the greatest danger of all.
As a child, Bryn was saved from wolves by a prince from a rival kingdom. Rangar’s people believe that a life saved is a soul owned, and ten years later, Rangar comes back for Bryn. Swept away to his seaside kingdom, Bryn falls under the spell of the wild Baer lands and the three magical brothers who rule it. But which prince will end up with her hand–and her heart–not even magic can foretell.