Today, I am super excited to welcome author Eve Silver. Eve is the author of Sin's Daughter and Sins Of The Heart.
DB: Thank you for letting me interview you. Tell us three things that we don't know about Eve Silver.
ES: Thanks for inviting me to visit Diva’s Bookcase. I have a degree in microbiology, which means I’m a wonderful dinner conversationalist—I can tell you things about bacteria and viruses and protozoans that you cannot imagine. And don’t want to imagine. So…um…maybe not such a great dinner conversationalist…
My favorite game is Boggle, and I play to win.
I have a horrible sweet tooth. Put chocolate or Swedish Berries or sticky-toffee pudding anywhere near me, and I’m on it like a shark on raw bloody entrails. (Yeah, I know. I have a way with words.)
DB: When did you start writing?
ES: I finished my first book when I was 9. It was the story of an unwanted teddy bear that found a new and loving home. I even sent that book off to a children’s book publisher, and garnered my very first rejection letter.
DB: What is your favorite genre to read and why?
ES: I love romance. I love urban fantasy. I love YA. The classics. Comic books. Graphic novels. Manga. Women’s Fiction. Literary works. A great book is a great book.
DB: Who are some of your favorite authors?
ES: There are way too many to offer a comprehensive list, but I’ll give you a few names. In no particular order: Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Margaret Atwood, Daphne Du Maurier, Marjorie M. Liu, Teresa Medeiros, Judith Ivory, Christina Dodd, Linda Howard, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Karen Marie Moning, Lisa Kleypas, Jennifer Crusie, Michel Faber, Sarah Waters, Shana Abe, Naomi Novik, Sarah Addison Allen, Lisa Gardner, Michelle Rowen… If I keep typing, this list will take over the blog.
DB: What new release(s) are you dying to get your hands on?
ES: Again, waaaay too many books to list them all, but here’s a sample: A Wild Light (Marjorie M. Liu), Wicked Intentions (Elizabeth Hoyt), Taken by Midnight (Lara Adrian), Waking the Witch (Kelley Armstrong), City of Ghosts (Stacia Kane), Lady Lazarus (Michele Lang), The Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)...to name only a few.
DB: In our emails, we talked about "book boyfriends", who are some of yours?
ES: A couple of my faves from way back were Johnny, the hero from The Outsider by Penelope Williamson and Jackson Rule from the book by the same name by Dinah McCall. Currently, I’m team Terrible (Stacia Kane’s Downside books), team Jericho Barons (Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series). I will always be team Clay (Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series) and team Kistin (Kim Harrison’s Hollows books). My fave J. R. Ward hero is Rhage. My fave Judith Ivory hero is Sam Cody from The Indiscretion. My fave Shana Abe hero is Christoff, Marquess of Langford. And yet again, I’m going on and on…
DB: Your Otherkin series is smokin' hot. How are you handling all the buzz?
ES: I’m handling it with immense and heartfelt gratitude to all the readers who open the door and let my stories in. I get a thrill every time I hear from a reader, or get a comment on a blog, or an email or a tweet from people who are enjoying my books. The sleepless nights, the seven day work weeks, the worry and love and care I put into each story—when readers talk about those stories, it means I did it right. And I appreciate when readers tell others about my books. Word-of-mouth is an author’s best friend.
DB: For those that haven't heard about your new series, give a summary of what they can expect.
ES: The Underworld is divided up in much the same way criminal elements of a city are divided by turf. Osiris. Hades. Izanami. A slew of demons and demi-gods. They all want their piece of the pie. And to a degree they band together to balance the vast power of the lord of chaos and evil, Sutekh. But the rulers of the Underworld are a territorial lot, and their alliances are fragile.
So in an effort to further his power and extend it more fully to the human realm, Sutekh (the lord of chaos and evil) sired four sons on three different human women. Dagan (Sins of the Heart—Book 1), Alastor (Sins of the Soul—Book 2) and Malthus (Sins of the Flesh—Book 3).
Lokan, the youngest son, has always acted as a political broker between all the Underworld lords. And he was good at it, until he was hacked to bits, his body parts scattered and hidden, his soul trapped in a limbo none can reach.
The Otherkin trilogy is about the hunt for Lokan’s remains, the quest for vengeance, and the loyalty of brothers. Their search pits them against their ancient enemies, the Daughters of Aset. These strong, intelligent, valiant women are Otherkin who are sworn to protect mankind—because if Dagan, Alastor and Malthus find Lokan, they just might end the world.
DB: How did you come up with the idea for the series?
ES: There were a number of elements that clicked just at the right moment, but one of them was a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum where they had an ancient scroll—a papyrus of the Egyptian Book of the Dead—on display. I was so enthralled that I started researching Egyptian mythology, which led me to other mythologies including Japanese, Chinese, Norse and Greek, and things just snowballed from there.
DB: Who is your favorite character from the series and why?
ES: As I write each book, the characters come to life for me, and at that moment, they are my favorites. More than that, the hero and heroine together form an incredible team with dynamic chemistry and that makes me fall in love with them all the more.
DB: If you could do a movie about your series, who would you choose as your main characters?
ES: I’m often asked this question, and I have lousy answers because I don’t usually envision my characters that way. They’re distinct people and it’s impossible to pick someone who embodies their looks/personality/quirks/background. But I’ll give it a shot…
Dagan Krayl, the hero of Sins of the Heart would have the edge of Sawyer from the early episodes of Lost. He’d have features and coloring similar to model Gabriel Aubry, with maybe a bit of Travis Fimmel tossed in the mix.
Alastor Krayl, the hero of the second book, Sins of the Soul, looks very much like his brother, but he’s clipped and proper and dresses in $1000 suits.
Mal, the hero of the third book, Sins of the Flesh, looks a bit like Ian Somerhalder and has some of the same personality quirks that the actor displays when he’s playing Damon on the Vampire Diaries.
But in the end, none of these actors really captures the bad-boy edge that these heroes embody.
DB: What can we expect next for Eve Silver?
ES: Right now I’m working on the fourth book set in the Otherkin world, and it is one dark, gritty, wild ride. Then I’ll get busy on the fifth book. The dates aren’t set in stone, but it looks like they’ll be released in June 2011 and September 2011.