Today I have E.J. Stevens, author of Shadow Sight, visiting The Life and Lies! Shadow Sight comes out in July 2012. Stay tuned for my review!
Q. How did you come up with the title?
A. The Shadow Sight book title is based on Ivy Granger's unusual psychic gifts of psychometry and second sight, and her tendency to solve cases from the shadowed streets of Harborsmouth.
Q. How do you go about researching for your books?
A. Each series requires a different approach to research. The most notable difference in my research for this series was the development of the physical city of Harborsmouth. The world building necessary to the Ivy Granger series meant many days and nights examining maps and exploring city streets. Before writing Shadow Sight, I needed to create a map of Harborsmouth that made sense in a three-dimensional world--a world populated by both monsters and humans. Every location within this city, and its environs, has been mapped. I felt this was necessary in order to ensure continuity throughout the series and to make the city of Harborsmouth a tangible place that I can roam with my characters.
Q. Did you base any of your characters on real people?
A. Rather than being based on any one person, my characters are a collage of physical attributes and personality traits created from a collection of my own knowledge and experiences. I have a degree in psychology and worked in the mental health field prior to writing full-time. I also enjoy people watching in a totally non-creepy, non-stalkerish way, though I do occasionally take notes. Hopefully I never become a suspect in a murder investigation. Explaining those notebooks would be...awkward.
Q. What’s the most exciting part about being a published author? What is the hardest part?
A. I love hearing from readers. Your kind words inspire and motivate me to write every day.
In my opinion, the most difficult aspect about being a published author is self promotion. I don't mind being in the public eye when it means having an opportunity to connect with readers, but sometimes I do feel uncomfortable promoting myself and my books. Self promotion makes me cringe.
Q. Do you have any other books planned in the future?
A. Yes. In the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series, Shadow Sight releases July 24, 2012, Ghost Light in 2013, followed by Burning Bright (release date tba). Brush With Death, the fourth novel in my young adult paranormal Spirit Guide series, will release Fall 2012 and will be followed by The Pirate Curse, scheduled for a holiday 2012 release.
Q. Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
A. The Ivy Granger series has so many loveable characters. In Shadow Sight, my favorite characters are Jinx, Ivy's accident-prone roommate and business partner, Marvin, an orphaned bridge troll whose hygiene problems are eclipsed by a heart of gold, and Hob, the resident brownie at Madame Kaye's Magic Emporium.
There are plenty of evil characters in Shadow Sight, but the only characters who I truly dislike are the twisted each uisge.
Q. What advice can you give to young writers who want to publish their books?
A. Make time to write every day. No excuses. Setting aside time to write can be difficult at first, but you don’t need to take over your entire day. Begin with taking a half hour each day for practicing your craft. Soon you will be surprised by the increased quantity and quality of your writing.
Just for fun:
Q. Do you have any pets?
A. Yes, I have an adorable corgi furry baby.
Q. What are your favorite foods?
A. I have been vegetarian for many years and recently made the transition to eating vegan, so I am enjoying many new vegan recipes. My current food addiction is lentils. Lentil tacos, curried ginger lentils, and Moroccan lentil salad are a few of my favorite dishes.
Thanks E.J! Watch for my review, coming in July near the release date!
About the Book
Some things are best left unseen...
Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills--most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client--until a demon walks through their door.
Demons are never a good sign...
A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.
There's blood in the water...
Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.
The lesser of two evils...
Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens
Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Sacred Oaks Press
Release Date: July 24, 2012
About the Author
E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, and the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide Series, which includes She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road, and the Ivy Grangerurban fantasy series.
E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.