MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR STEVEN EVANS!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Steven Evans. I write poetry, mostly dark, I describe it as coming from the wrong side of life and love. I also write horror/paranormal.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Weeping Willow: Daddy’s Angel was mostly me thinking of past relationships. Most of mine have been less than favorable and most definitely forgettable. But, I was thinking of how selfish, self absorbed, and cruel some of the women have been and that’s where I came up with the character Weeping Willow. My mind turns everything into dark and disturbing so this story was an easy reach for my imagination.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always been excited about horror. The idea of provoking fear or stress in someone with just an idea or thought of something that may happen gets my blood flowing.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The only research I did for Weeping Willow was looking up actual recorded witch trials and choosing a name for the main character from that list.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Weeping Willow will be a three book series. The first book, Daddy’s Angel, tells of a man’s struggle with a dark presence that was drawn to his soul by his guilt and sorrow over losing his family. The second book, The Mark, will be released in June and it tells of the man’s search to find answers in an attempt to free himself from the mark put on his soul by the dark force in book one. The third and final book, Homecoming, well… that’s sort of still a secret.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My favorite will be Homecoming. This is where all the secrets are revealed and where the plot twists become known.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, I originally intended it to be one big book. As I began writing Daddy’s Angel, it was clear that I needed to break it up into a series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Nothing is typical about my writing. I don’t set a schedule or try to force the words. If I set down to write and my mind refuses to settle down and let me concentrate on one single story I’ll leave it alone for a while.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My next project is a departure from horror into a genre I’m not comfortable with. It’s a story about special needs children who get to go to a special camp designed to let them enjoy all the same summer activities as normal kids. It follows four teenagers, two counselors and two campers. I intend to show that, even with serious or life threatening diseases or injuries, these kids are perhaps more normal than those walking around with no noticeable issues. Of course, I have to have a dark element in everything I do so there will be a major plot twist involved with this story as well.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I actually use my friends’ names in my stories most of the time. Now, that isn’t always a good thing though…lol. My first anthology I was in happened to be headed up by the amazing R L Weeks. I had two stories in that anthology with fife characters being named after friends, R L included. Three of those characters died. In another anthology I turned another friend, Jennifer Lee Clayton, into a murderous little doll. So, yeah, I guess they hold a special meaning for me.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere… I once wrote a poem that was inspired by a cup of coffee. It turned out to be something completely different, the main character ended up committing suicide, but the original inspiration was an actual cup of coffee.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Migraines. I sometimes can’t write because the screen is too bright.
What do you think of book trailers?
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers, I only wish I was a little more computer savvy and could make my own.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I don’t know about accomplishment but I’m humbled when someone asks my opinion about something to do with their writing. This happens mostly with poetry but I’m still honored that they thought enough of my crazy scribbling that they believe I could help them in any way.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, I’ll be signed to a big publisher and have millions of people reading my books.
Have you always liked to write?
As far back as I can remember I was writing stories in school.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up is the first thing I would say. Then, I would tell them to never be so full of pride that they are afraid to ask for someone’s opinion. I have many friends who have helped me along the way so far and continue to be there for me.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
That’s a tricky question. My health doesn’t allow me to work. I’ve had four surgeries on my spine; my lower back is fused together and my neck is too along with a metal plate in my neck. I have also had three heart attacks and five stents put in, so I never really thought about doing anything else.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I have been fortunate so far in my review experiences. I have three poetry books published, been in three anthologies, and now my first book is being published. In the little over a year that I’ve been published and all the many wonderful reviews I’ve had, there has only been one bad review on anything I’ve written and that came from a woman I had just broken up with, so I didn’t take it too seriously.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
The editing process only because that’s the time you put your hard work in someone else’s hands and beg them to rip it apart from beginning to end.
What are you working on now?
It’s a short story for an anthology. It’s based on metaphysical phenomenon. I chose the part of clairvoyance where you see things past and present just from a single touch. It’s titled “Jeremy” and it’s about a twelve year old boy who can see the sins of anyone he comes in contact with. He then makes the decision on life or death for their sentence.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is the opening poem.
I Am Jeremy
I am the tears when you cry out
I am the nightmares you dream about
I am the blood spewing from your vein
I am the fears you have yet to name
I am the laughter in your agony
I am the pleasure in your pain
I am the chaos that sets you free
I am the true death! And, I know your name!
I am the living essence of hate
I am the sorrow sealing your fate
I am the avatar of your misery
I am WRATH! My name is Jeremy!
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I didn’t really have a choice, when it comes to my writing it usually turns into something dark, sad, and disturbing.
Where did your love of books come from?
As a young child in school, I had some speech issues. I wasn’t able to pronounce ‘R” or “W” correctly. I was put into a speech class where they focused on your specific issues and chose books and articles that were full of the sounds you had trouble with. That’s where I first learned to love books.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Edgar Allan Poe is my all time favorite author with Stephen King a close second. But, when it comes to reading, I prefer biographies or novels about specific eras in time.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Angelina, from my story Prince Recreant in the Once Upon A Time anthology is my favorite. She seemed to be a mere peasant with no hope to save her people but there were so many layers to her personality and the reader didn’t find out about them until the final pages of the story.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Facebook mostly but also my author page on Amazon.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It excites my mind but takes a toll on my body.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Probably, I would have to say, anything that has a true happily ever after ending… I don’t believe in them.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I only know how to be me. I have to stay true to the words and idea of the story.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
R L Weeks, Jennifer Lee Clayton, Jeremy Simons, and a whole slew of others that are slipping my mind right now. First, all of these authors have been so extremely generous with their time and advice and in helping in any way they could. I’m in awe of their selflessness and hope I can one day pay it forward and help others as they have helped me.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
My Own Worst Enemy
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I’m not much on talking, even if it’s a interview on paper, so I try to just focus on the questions in front of me and answer as honest as I can.
“For centuries, I have suffered alone. My hatred giving me life beyond death. My death, which fuels my rage, was unwarranted. I searched for a soul that was similar to mine, believing it to be nonexistent. Then… from the darkness, I heard your anguish, tasted your tears, and felt your heartbreak. Your sorrow, so sweet, captivated me. It was a temptation even I couldn’t resist.”
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Steven Evans writes just what is on his mind or in his heart — no more, no less. Maybe anyone can do that … but it takes a special person, such as Evans, to write it with such depth and feeling, yet without over-sentimentality or pretentiousness. Form is his servant, not his master: he likes to rhyme, and (for the most part) uses rhythm to good effect, but he refuses to let meter or syllable count interfere with his expressing himself honestly and clearly. Errors? Sure: “had of known” for “had known,” “wreaked” for “reeked.” We can live with that, in exchange for his spontaneity. He needs a proofreader, but emphatically not an editor. Evans avoids the traps of being too loose or folksy, too Southern or Western, too urban or cool. He doesn’t have a “shtick.” As well as telling his own story, he has an unexpected empathy with others, women as much as men (or more). He writes from experience and truth, not from others’ expectations. “What you see is what you get” has seldom been truer of a writer. Take it or leave it. I’ll take it.
— John Ambury, Canadian poet and reviewer.
*Thank you Steven for taking your time to do this interview!! Congratulations on your new book and all the best in your future!!!*