Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest…Eve Silver/Eve Kenin!
Hi Jennifer. Thanks for inviting me to guest blog. I’m excited to be here 🙂
I am glad to have you. Please tell us about your books.
I have three current releases on shelves.
Under the name Eve Silver, there’s DEMON’S KISS a dark, sexy paranormal romance about an immortal sorcerer, a human with special powers, and a demon hell-bent on their destruction, as well as DARK PRINCE a moody historical gothic where an innkeeper’s daughter must decide if her new employer is the dark prince of her dreams or a heartless madman.
Under the name Eve Kenin I write speculative romance. DRIVEN is a post-apocalyptic, trans-Siberian trucker tale. And a romance. ‘Nuff said. I’m hugely excited because DRIVEN is on Library Journal’s list of Best Books 2007. When I found out, I just sat there, stunned and speechless, honored beyond words.
They all look and sound interesting…what inspired the stories?
Each book has its own unique inspiration. DRIVEN was inspired by Joss Whedon’s series, FIREFLY, and by the Manga and Anime stories and movies I was introduced to around that time. I read/watched such classics as Full Metal Panic, Hellsing, Last Exile, GTO, and I found that even in the darkest story, a little humor can go a long way.
DEMON’S KISS was actually inspired my by agent, who suggested that my voice—always dark and spooky, regardless of what genre I write—might be well suited to a paranormal story about sorcerers. I hadn’t thought about writing paranormals until that moment, but once she said it, the story exploded in my mind, like a movie, and I couldn’t seem to chase it away.
My gothics were originally inspired by Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, a tongue-in-cheek take on the gothic. My original intent was to write a light, funny historical along that vein. But no matter how hard I tried, my historicals were dark, dark, dark. Finally, I gave in and just let the stories write themselves the way they wished. DARK PRINCE definitely had a mind of its own. I started out meaning to write it set in London, because I’d already done the research for a previous book, DARK DESIRES. But DARK PRINCE decided to write itself on the barren, rocky coast of Cornwall, so I gave up the fight and let it roam where it willed.
Why two pen names?
I started out writing historical gothics under the name Eve Silver. When I sold my first contemporary paranormal I hoped that readers might enjoy both genres, given certain similarities such as the dark tone and elements of suspense, so it seemed quite natural to maintain the same name for both.
When I sold DRIVEN, I agonized over the name issue. Speculative romance is not as established as historicals and paranormals. I didn’t want to alienate existing readers by throwing an “Eve Silver” book at them that was about truckers and deadly ice pirates. Moreover, given that I would be writing three subgenres for three publishers, issues of scheduling same-name books could be problematic. On the advice of both my agent and my editor, I opted for a second name, and I write my speculative romances as Eve Kenin.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
Favorite part: I get to be writer <grin>
Least favorite part: Writing to deadline.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Too many to name or count, but I can offer a tiny glimpse: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss because hers were the first romance novels I ever read. Daphne Du Maurier because hers were the first gothics I ever read. Nora Roberts because she is talented and savvy and wise. Jane Austen because her work is simply wonderful. And the many, many authors whose works I read and reread, and think, I will work and I will strive, and perhaps, some day, I will be able to write something as moving as this.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Be honest. Is this your dream? Yes? Then what are you doing to make it happen?
Rejection is a reality. I have hundreds of rejection letters gathered over the years. Remember that none of them are personal. They are business…just business. Put them in a file. Put them away. And send out the next query.
Hard work is a reality. Every book I have written so far was completed page by agonizing page while I worked a demanding day job (that I happened to love, but that’s besides the point). There are only so many hours in the day, and if you want to be a published author, a chunk of those hours need to be spent with your butt in a chair and your hands on the keyboard. No matter how long your day has already been. No matter how tired you are. No matter that your muse has taken a hike to the Himalayas.
Just write. You can’t sell the book if you don’t finish the book.
Don’t give up. If this is your dream, burning like a fire in your gut, then hang on to it and feed it and keep dreaming. Keep writing.
What is next for you?
I have four releases in 2008. You can check out the covers and back cover blurbs at http://evesilverblog.blogspot.com/
First up, in July 2008, is my next Eve Kenin speculative romance, HIDDEN, a return to the frozen world of the Northern Waste that readers first visited in DRIVEN.
Then I have three Eve Silver books coming out.
In August 2008, my next historical gothic, HIS WICKED SINS, will be released, a tale of murder and secrets and sins.
Then in September 2008, my novella, KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, will be part of the anthology, NATURE OF THE BEAST, a trade paperback vampire collection.
And DEMON’S HUNGER, the second book about the brotherhood of sorcerers that guards the wall between the mortal world and the demon realm, hits shelves December 2008.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
If you had a chance to ask a single question of any of my heroes or heroines, what would it be?
Jennifer, thanks again for inviting me to guest blog.
Happy reading, everyone!
Thank you Eve! I really appreciate you taking the time to be a guest! You sound really busy this year! Looking forward to the books!
Readers, you can learn more about Eve at her website: http://www.evesilver.net/
Eve asked a really good question for readers…
If you had a chance to ask a single question of any of her heroes or heroines, what would it be?
Can’t wait to read the responses!
Remember, every comment is an entry into this month’s giveaway…details here!