National bestselling author Eve Silver (a.w.a. Eve Kenin) has been lauded as an author that delivers “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books. Who's to thank beside Eve? Her darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Eve's fiction has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, plus two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards. In 2007 she received Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award! Her latest release, SINS OF THE HEART, the kick off to her soul reaper series, earned a Top Pick from RT Book.
How will your Otherkin series intrigue past readers and those looking for something new in paranormals?
Those who love dark, sexy heroes, kick butt heroines, layered worldbuilding, and tons of action and sensuality will find what they're looking for in SINS OF THE HEART, SINS OF THE SOUL and SINS OF THE FLESH. Readers will also find a new and interesting world as the Underworld presented in these stories brings in elements of Egyptian, Japanese, Greek, Norse and other mythologies from cultures around the world. The stories revolve around soul reapers, son of the Egyptian Underworld lord of chaos. They're gritty and violent and sexy, but I think there’s a lot to love about them and I hope readers will give them a try.
Where were you when the idea for the Otherkin series struck? Did the sexy heroes develop first or were the kick a** heroines more vocal for a chance to strut their stuff?
Hmm...I don't recall exactly where I was when the idea for the Otherkin books struck. I do know it wasn't just one idea. It was a series of small ideas that gelled into one. A part of the puzzle was a question I kept turning over in my mind: What if the villains were the heroes? Could I make them believable; could I create dark characters with enough good to draw readers' empathy?
Another part of the puzzle was research. I was looking at a baby-naming site and followed up on the origins of a name, which led me to a site on Egyptian mythology. I visited an exhibition of the papyrus scroll, the Book of the Dead of Amen-em-hat. Which got me thinking about Underworld mythology. Every culture has their own rich and wonderful tapestry, with fascinating similarities and differences. I began to weave these threads into a layered world.
And I admit that Roxy Tam, the amazingly strong heroine of SINS OF THE HEART jumped into my mind almost fully formed.
If you could resurrect one soul, real or imaginary, who would you choose?
I know who my characters would choose. Dagan and Alastor and Mal would resurrect their dead brother, Lokan. The bond of love and loyalty runs deep for these brothers and Lokan’s loss is a brutal wound for each of them. They’ll do anything, sacrifice anything, to bring him back. Problem is, that pits them against the women they are drawn to, because their job is to make certain the dead soul reaper stays dead.
Like juggling two personas, how difficult is it to coordinate back to back releases?
Writing back to back releases is tough. There’s very little room for error or tardiness. The schedule is incredibly tight, and I put a lot of pressure on myself to get each book right. I wanted them to take the reader on a wild thrill ride through a dark and sexy world. I wanted each book to build on the previous one, yet stand alone as well.
My writing schedule was seven days a week, anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day. Close to each book’s deadline, I was writing up to 18 hours a day. And at the very end, just before I turned in book 3, I went a few days without sleep.
Add to the mix revisions, page proofs, promotion and the time between contract and getting these books on shelves has been an action packed ride in itself.
And it was made easier every step of the way by my incredible editor and agent, and the amazing team at Harlequin.
If you had to describe a perfect “author” day, what would it include—a beach, pajamas, field research?
How big can I dream? My perfect author day would start with a couple of emails from readers who read and loved my stories. Maybe one of them has a blog and tells others about my books. Maybe one works in a bookstore and tells me that she’s been handselling my books. Maybe one’s from a bookgroup leader looking for bookmarks. Then I’d write for a few hours and the words would flow like a river sparkling in the sun.
I’d get a call from my editor and she’d tell me my books are flying off the shelves. Then I’d head out for lunch with an author pal and when I got back, I’d write some more and the words would flow like honey from a comb. No struggle. No hair ripping. No agonizing over whether or not it was perfect. Just words flowing from my fingertips to fill the pages.
That’s my perfect “author” day. But my perfect vacation day…well, that definitely involves sun and sand and possibly a kayak.
What else do you have coming up fans need to know about, besides SINS OF THE HEART hitting shelves this month?
SINS OF THE HEART officially hit shelves on August 1. Up next, SINS OF THE SOUL. It’s Alastor and Naphré’s story and it’ll be out September 1. Then comes SINS OF THE FLESH. That’s Mal and Calliope’s story and it hits shelves October 1. The trilogy ends there, but already, readers are asking for another story set in the soul reaper world.
And they won’t be disappointed. BODY OF SIN will be released in June 2011.
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