Welcome back to another interview in the series! I am so excited to be able to include this author in it. I have followed her for a few years now on instagram and was so honoured she wanted to take part in it. Plus I absolutely LOVE her answers. So, here’s my interview with S. Usher Evans
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Obviously, I’d love to get to a point where I’m just writing and using that to pay the bills. But knowing this business is so fluid, there’s never a “coasting” period. So I think I’d like to find a balance between writing, marketing, and the rest of life.
Which writers inspire you?
Lindsay Buroker is an author I really admire lately. She writes amazing books, but she also has a wealth of knowledge on the business and handles everything with grace.
So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I have nineteen completed books as of December 2018. They include:
- Razia, four-book space opera series about a scientist leading a double life as a space pirate. I just wrapped up a new book in the series, a spin-off featuring her daughter, last month
- Empath, a stand-alone about a woman and her anxiety dragon
- Madion War Trilogy, a fantasy romance about a prince and a pilot stuck on an island
- Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, a young adult contemporary fantasy about a fifteen-year-old who finds out she’s magical. The final book comes out in January.
- Demon Spring Trilogy, an urban fantasy trilogy about two demon hunters who must uncover the truth about a human-saving demon before all hell - literally - breaks loose.
- And finally, City of Veils, my newest series about a princess vigilante. The first book will be out in April 2019.
Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
Best place to find all my books is www.susherevans.com/book-info
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
I design all my own covers. For City of Veils, I hired amazing artist Jo Painter to paint them and I am so happy I did.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Brynna was set to be married off as part of a political treaty at thirteen, but she ran away instead. She spent a few years at the camp of a forest pirate where she learned how to survive. She returned to her city to protect it as a masked vigilante, where we meet her in the first book. But now her father and brother are dead, and she’s on the hot seat to become queen.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
It depends on what else is going on. I do like to look at the week and block off time to write. Some days, it works, others, it doesn’t. The important thing is that I do something every day.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Everything is electronic.
Where do the your ideas come from?
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
If I don’t know where I’m going or how I’m going to resolve the plot, I can’t write. It’s a giant mental block. How I get there is always an adventure, but I have to know where I’m ending up.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
eBooks. I’m such a mood reader that I tend to DNF about 90% of the books I start. With eBooks, I can download a sample, read it and decide, then delete it.
What book/s are you reading at present?
Nothing at the moment. Bad author.
Why did you choose to publish independently?
At first, I wanted to do something for myself. But now, especially with City of Veils, I’ve come to realize that I can do everything myself. And seeing other authors, and what their success rate is and how their publishers support (or don’t support) them, I can’t justify giving up my royalties to someone else for something I can do better myself.
Advice to aspiring authors?
Nix the aspiring. You write, you’re a writer. End of story.