Interview with Misty Evans and Giveaway

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Interview
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MistyEvans1I was lucky enough to have the chance to ask Misty Evans some questions about her new novel, Deadly Pursuit, and her life as a writer.

You’re a talented writer, having published stories in the romantic suspense, paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres, and winning tons of awards, including the Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.  Where do you get your inspiration for stories from?

ME: Inspiration comes from music, TV, movies, even people walking down the street. I read a lot of nonfiction, and I have a vivid imagination. Those two ingredients combine to give me more story ideas than I could ever write down.

 How did you come up with the concept of the SCVC Taskforce series?

ME: I’d landed my first agent but she was having trouble selling the first book in my Super Agent series, and asked me to write a different type of romantic suspense. Something grittier, she said. I watched a bunch of Miami Vice reruns, some Bad Boys movies, and NCIS shows. What emerged was this idea of a violent crimes taskforce of DEA, FBI, Immigration, and other undercover agents pulling off sting operations and falling in love at the same time. Unfortunately after I wrote about 80% of Deadly Pursuit and ran it by my agent, she felt there was too much action and the characters were too dark. The story went into a drawer until recently when I saw the new TNT series Graceland, and decided the time was right to pull Cooper and Celina out of the drawer and publish their story.

 Celina doesn’t sit back and wait for rescue, she kicks ass.  What inspires you to write strong heroines?

ME: I’ve always gravitated to strong heroines, growing up on shows like Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels. When I began writing, every female was strong and not afraid to what they believe is right, even if it means sacrificing their careers or even their lives. They may be scared on the inside, but they don’t show it.

 Which characters were particularly fun to write?

ME: What a tough question! I love writing ALL my characters, whether they’re super agents or witches or demons or just the girl next door. They’re flawed and damaged, and oh so fun to dig into. Male or female, every one of them has a good heart and wants to see justice done in the world. I think Amy and Luc are particularly fun, and the hero and heroine of my first Super Agent book, Operation Sheba, are still fun to write in the follow-up books of that series.

You self publish some of your books.  Why did you decide to do this and was it an easy journey?

ME: I’m published with Entangled Publishing, Samhain Publishing, and Carina Press (digital imprint of Harlequin), and I’m also self-published. I love self-publishing because I control the content, cover art, and marketing. My fans are voracious readers who read faster than I can turn out books, so it works to have some stories with publishers and some that I publish on my timeline to keep readers happy. There are pros and cons to both.

 What is a typical day for you?

ME: Coffee, take the dogs out, more coffee, write, get the kids up/off to school, exercise, write some more. Promo and emails in the afternoon, and family time/dinner/sports games in the evening. I have less and less time to write these days, but I still make the effort to get that in first. My fans are counting on me. I also offer a coaching service for writers, so I often have deadlines to meet for my clients.

Do you have any advice for writers?

ME: Believe in yourself and the story you have to tell. You know what it is and you’re the only who can do it justice. But…take workshops, set up a critique group, and keep improving your craft. Be patient with yourself and your books. You can’t hit a homerun the first time up to the plate if you haven’t swung the bat thousands of times and grown as a player. Same thing with stories. Write, write, and rewrite.

Describe the feeling in 25 words or less of how it feels seeing your name on your book.

ME: Awesome! There is a lot of emotion in seeing your hard work turned into something tangible. That feeling never goes away.

 Plug the book in twitter form (140 characters or less)

ME: Action, adventure, and hot romance in Southern California

Any plans to come to New Zealand one day?

ME: I’d love to take a trip to New Zealand some day! It looks beautiful and adventurous!

 

Thank you very much to Misty for taking the time to answer my questions in detail.  You can find out more about Misty on Facebook, Twitter, or visit her website.

 

Misty has kindly donated three ebooks of Deadly Pursuit to give away.  Leave a comment with your email address on this post by 15 August to be in the draw to win.

Comments
  1. That was a great interview. I hope I win one of the three copies of Deadly Pursuit. I love strong female characters and I love mysteries. This sounds like it has both. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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  2. Kelly Kline says:

    Great author to interview! Loved it! I would really love to win a copy of this book! Thank you so much for the chance. blueskys21788@aol.com

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  3. Michelle RB says:

    This sounds like a great book!!! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the interview. Shelltrb1@yahoo.com

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  4. Michelle RB says:

    My email was wrong–shellthrb1@yahoo.com. Sorry 🙂

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  5. Steph F. says:

    Great interview. New author to me but added to TBR. Books featuring tough but vulnerable female leads are the best.

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