Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 4 comments

Author Interview: Erin Eveland

Hello everyone! 

I'm really excited to bring you an interview with Erin Eveland, the author of Darkness. Darkness is a dark-fantasy novel that was recently published on July 1st of this year and let me tell you, it's really good! I had the privilege to read an advanced ready copy and I really enjoyed it. In case you missed the review I published, you can either click here or click the link I will provide at the bottom of the page. 

What's even more exciting is that Erin has provided me with a physical copy for a giveaway, which will be posted below the interview. So lets get to it, good luck and happy reading!

1. What made you start writing?

It was one of those freak mornings when I thought, “Well today I should write a story.” Really, that’s how it happened. Thirty years old and had zero clue. Not afraid to admit it. I didn’t know what I was going to write, where to begin, and no idea how to get there. I should have had that little voice of reasoning saying, “You know what dear, don’t think about writing, just go make some pancakes or something…” Instead, I must have had the shark in the kitchen sink talking me into it.
Writing is mean.
I’ve told people before I had to learn how to write, which is true. It takes time. Time. But the honesty that goes into sleepless nights, sacrificing and destroying everything you worked on to do it again, and again, yep and again – it’s all a part of the process. Then, for all the work, you get that suspenseful moment where you ask someone to read it. I swear it’s like running around with a trench coat, flashing people and asking them if they like it or not. Some do, some don’t.
The very first “critique” I received was, “Show me, don’t tell me.” That was it, end of story. At the time, I didn’t exactly know what they meant, but I knew whatever I was writing was not working. Disclaimer: that phrase is used widely and should be put out of its misery.
But I guess, it’s not the how I started writing, but why I continued. Not only was I hooked, but I was fascinated by an art I always took it for granted. When you’re a writer, it’s something that continually grows inside, changes and sometimes just spits itself out.       

I'm really impressed with the preservation and outcome, because Darkness was extremely well written. 

2. What are your favorite books to read and did you draw any inspiration from these?

Being I love fantasy, it’s honestly strange for me to think that before I started writing, I spent the past years mostly reading how-to-books and biographies. Life stories intrigue me like education or a hands on skill. I strayed from novels because time is a luxury, life is busy, and I can’t seem to put a book down even if I’m not emotionally invested. I will admit I managed a few books a year in reading gluttony, but when I started writing and wondering what stuck with me all these years, I had to revisit my top favorite author all over again. That was Clive Barker. I love horror – not necessarily the tent-camping, bikini-slashin’, screaming blood in your face terror – but the kind of fear that won’t let you feel safe when you lock your doors at night. It’s the kind of story which snuggles you into bed and gives you a cold kiss. To be fair, Barker is more a fantasy writer than horror. As a master storyteller of the worlds and characters he weaves into them, he can create horrific creatures that can be good in nature, aside deadly goddesses. I’m sure I’ve taken something of him with me. Be leery of what’s on the inside – not the out.                    

I haven't read any of Clive Barker's books, but from what you described I can certainly see some resemblance. By the way, the "cold kiss" stories are the ones that really freak me out, much more so than normal horror!

3. Why Darkness?

In that blissful morning when I thought about writing a story for the first time, I wondered what the hell I was going to write about. I loved horror, but I started dissecting what that word meant to me. What drove me to like fear and its adrenaline spike? I’m driven for creative monsters and normal people with warped minds. But ultimately, I thought a true fear everyone understands, the fear of the unknown. It’s like the dark. It keeps us in suspense wondering what’s in the shadows even as we have one eye closed.
For some reason, the simple word darkness was spawned. I thought, “What if darkness was like an element – something known but unknown and yet could be wielded. Ok, well, what do I do with it?” As the idea developed, I needed a tool, a world and character to center this idea around, and Catherine was born.     

I love reading a good warped-mind story, who doesn't? To me it's really neat how you took something like fear, which like you said is  fundamental to everyone, and turned it into a really good story.

4. Why write an interactive novel?

Maybe because writing is such an emotional beast, it draws the tendency of inspiration through other creative arts that writers want to share. Some authors do this by reciting lines of music, poetry and adding artwork into their stories. After writing Darkness, I thought about the idea of incorporating art and music into the chapters. The Quick Response code was my best solution. Not only did I want the reader to see or listen to the artist, but I wanted the biography and information of the artist available to them. I’m so honored by the people who have allowed me to share their work and for their faith that I would represent them well. 

It wasn't until after we talked that I was able to experience the interactive part of Darkness, but after I figured a way to do so, I was really impressed with the simplicity and creativity of its incorporation. The QR codes were not compatible with my Kindle Keyboard (it simply expanded the image), but the Kindle reading applications on my computer and iPhone did the trick. 

5. Given the opportunity, would you accept an apprenticeship from of a master of Darkness? Why or why not?

Maybe I’m twisted but I’ll say yes. I think it’s only human for one to think they could manipulate this dark supernatural power. I am human – I would be one of them. Even though Darkness is an unseen natural element, it’s not exactly evil or malevolent. It would be like someone offering you power over water, but guess what…you might just create a tsunami.        
I would SOOOO become an apprentice. Maybe we're both a little twisted. 

6. Who do you side with, Jorgen or Artros? Why?

I love this question, but for me it’s like asking a mother which son she likes better. They both come from different backgrounds and more of their history and reasoning is revealed in the next book, Shadows. I feel for Jorgen’s internal struggle and his return from solitude, but I also love a true villain, Artros, one we might learn to understand.  

Come on!! Even a mother has a favorite, right!? Just kidding, I guess I’ll have to wait for Shadows, but for now I’m definitely siding with Jorgen.

7. Can you give any hints about what’s to come in the next installation of Darkness?

I set the stage and the characters roll by themselves. That happened with Nathan and Artros. Even Esa wasn’t supposed to appear in Darkness, but there she was, walking down the street. In Shadows, we leave the town behind, meet new characters and even have a certain infamous woman resurface. The world becomes lighter, as the internal grows darker, and the characters are the ones who drive Shadows into its hair puling finish. I’m glad. Without their stubbornness, I wouldn’t be so excited.

Oooooooh my gosh that sounds awesome! My guess would be Kathy, but I’m not even sure she’s gone. So, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see :D!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email notification.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic forfeit and another winner will be drawn. 

More Information: 
Erin's website:
Darkness website:
My Review: Click here
GoodReads: Click here
Amazon: Click here


I'm in the mood for fantasy right now and this one sounds like a good one. Plus, I tend to like dark books. :) Thank you for the interview and giveaway!

Yay :D! It sounds like this is the book for you, good luck!

This sounds like a great read. I find suspenseful, edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next, stories more entertaining than in your face blood and gore. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

I completely agree. I'm not a fan of blood and gore - I've read it, but it's not something I gravitate towards. With Darkness, the main character (Catherine) is a conundrum. Her birth and what she's become are unheard of and her fate is yet to be known. Good luck and happy reading :D!

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