Tuesday, 5 January 2016

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & INTERVIEW - Katy Evans



I’d like to welcome Katy Evans to Novels In Heels.  I must say, I am so delighted and thrilled to be interviewing you today.  Real is one of my all-time favourite stories.  The whole series is one I have read many times, and continue to go back to again and again.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with that strong, driven, sexy as sin fighter that is Remington Tate?  I can’t express how much I love your stories, the way you draw the reader in and the anticipation and angst throughout the story which gets me every single time.  I’m a huge fan.

As you may or may not know from her bio, Katy describes her life in 8 words: “Hectic, wonderful, complete; everything I ever wanted.”  Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

Katy’s has 9 books under her belt, they include: Real, Mine, Remy, Rogue, Ripped and Legend coming soon in the Real Series, and Manwhore, Manwhore+1 and Ms Manwhore in the Manwhore series.
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I love interviewing authors and getting an insight into their lives, what makes them tick, and write awesome stories with a little more of an in-depth interview. So why don’t we start with some easy ones, moving onto more detailed and personal questions and then naughtier ones to close off the interview.

But firstly I’d like to say that you, Katy, are truly an inspiration to me, and I would say many others.  I read your recent post on your website and FB where you announced that you have had MS for some years and your experience with it.  I was blown away by your courage and spirit and the fact that you are a fighter yourself and believe in what you do.  For those of you that missed it you can read it here- http://www.katyevans.net/
 
Okay, let’s get to some questions, shall we?

Thank you so much for having me over today, Trish!!

Name (Do you write under a pen name?): Katy Evans 

Age: 39 

Where are you currently based? San Antonio, Texas 

How did writing begin for you? 

I started as reader, where I guess every writer begins! Soon I became obsessed with books and started picturing my own stories in my head. The urge to try and get them on paper became very strong before the age of 15, and by then I’d already started dozens of projects, only to leave them unfinished when I couldn’t seem to wrap things up. 

How long have you been writing? 

It feels like my whole life! My first submissions to agents began at age 17, so at least 22 years of on and off writing years.


Is writing a full time career for you? Yes.

I know from your bio that you describe your life in 8 words, but as a writer, can you tell us how easy or hard is it for you to put pen to paper?  Does the writing process come easily to you? 

Some books are harder than others. Some just come to me very visually, as if I’m watching a movie in my mind. Others are a little less visual and come in spurts. For example, I might get a scene while I’m driving. Three days later I might get another scene. In a month I might have twenty scenes however it takes another two months to figure out what the characters and stories are trying to tell you. In other words, sometimes the story doesn’t arrive in the exact order you end up writing it in. But this is what makes it fun! It’s almost like being a detective, figuring out what’s relevant to the story and readers, and what is simply backstory for you to know. 

I know you are self-published, how do you find the experience with self-publishing, the support from other authors and the indie community in general? 

The Indie community is by far the most passionate community in the book world to me! The bloggers are fierce promoters and supporters, the readers are loyal, interactive, and as loving of our work and characters as us authors are. I couldn’t be happier to have started out Indie and will always hope to have a home in Indie. 

Has writing always been your number one priority and career choice?  Did you have another career path planned out before decided to write? 

I wanted to be a teacher when I was young, but once I got into those Sweet Valley High books, I just couldn’t stop thinking that I wanted to write, period.


What do you consider your “big break” in the writing world? 

REAL, I suppose, because it had such a big impact on the market and such a great connection with the readers. 

What does writing bring to you?  Can you explain how it makes you feel? 

Writing is both my thrill ride and my safe zone, my perfect world where I get to play around and simply experience through my characters what they’re going through. 

What inspires or motivates you to write or in your general everyday life? 

Music, feelings, simply the urge to discover something within you you didn’t know you had, or the urge to share/communicate/connect with your readers through your work. 

Do you have a mentor that you turn to for help? 

I have so many authors I admire like Sylvia Day and so many author friends whom I consider mentors and friends like Monica Murphy, Kim Jones, Mara White.


What has been your favourite book to write to date and why? 

It’s so hard to say! Each one has a very special place in my heart. Each one reflects my “present” and usually my favorite is the one I’m working on—so I’ll have to say that Gina and Tahoe’s book, out in summer 2016, is my favorite for now! J 

Remy is my favourite character in your books, who is your favourite character in any of your books and why? 

I adore Remy, he’s like my first love, and he will always be my first love. I do admit I have soft spots for all my heroes for many different reasons though. Maverick Cage, from LEGEND 9out Feb 9) is a hero that I came to love so completely and so unexpectedly, that he’s really stayed with me. Usually all my heroes have something of an advantage in one way or another—they’re rich, or have all the girls, but Maverick had just himself and his determination, and I fell in love with that guy’s soul like there’s no tomorrow. I hope my readers love him too. I also loved, loved, loved, the interactions between Maverick and Remy—I think LEGEND is an amazing story and the perfect end to the REAL series. 

How did you come up with Remy’s story?  Did you write Real with some experience or lots of research? 

Both! I love researching things I’m curious about or have been exposed to (like mental health) and I love incorporating things that I’m passionate about in my books (like exercise and healthy living.)



And what about Manwhore and Malcolm Saint?  Did you write that story with some experience of people you know or again, was it full of fiction and lots of research?

Malcolm was inspired by a real-life muse I spotted on a book signing in Chicago, and he gave flight to my imagination! So, again, part experience, part research, part imagination. J 

Speaking of research, what type or how much research goes into writing a Katy Evans story? 

Depends on the story. Some simply require more knowledge, either through experience, interviewing experts, or book research, and others are more character-focused and simpler plotwise and don’t require so much.

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Do you envision a particular muse for each of your characters or are they totally made up from your imagination?  

They’re made up of my imagination, however when I’m writing, I usually end up seeing my hero in every hot guy I see. Every hot male walking the planet starts mirroring my hero back at me. J 

Do you work to an outline, plot or do you prefer to just see where the writing/story takes you? 

I usually begin with an idea of what the characters want—that’s my main driving force of the story. Once I get a sense of what they want, and who they are, I sit down and start writing. Sometimes, when the story comes into my mind in a rather orderly—linear—fashion, I don’t plot at all and just go with the flow. Others, when my scenes are more random and I need to figure out why my characters are giving me all this information, then I sit down and plot and figure out what the REAL story is. 

Have you ever wanted to give up writing half way through a book? 

Yes. Sometimes books are stubborn—or they lose steam. There are days where you can’t stop writing and the story is crackling, and other days where you wake up and you’re brain is quiet and you’re like: where are they? Where are my people? Once you get a few of those quiet days, you start to worry, then you start to think that what you’ve written is bad, and the story is not alive, and you should simply stop writing it…..but then, usually, when the story is strong, it comes back. Fiercer than ever. And again you’ll be typing your heart out until you reach the End.


What would your advice be for a budding writer/author? 

Persist, read, write, persist, be yourself, find your own voice, write about what you love, don’t get discouraged, celebrate every little victory, keep small daily goals rather than big ambitious ones. Small daily goals, like writing 3 pages, will help you feel good about yourself. Large yearly goals, like writing the next classic, tend to overwhelm and frustrate you. So start with little goals and use them as bricks to build your castle with them, one by one. 

Have you reached you goal as a writer?  Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? 

I’d love to be somewhere similar to where I am now. Writing what I’m passionate about, having the opportunity to share it, feeling supported by my loved ones and my fabulous readers. My goal is definitely to continue writing and sharing stories with them that I hope they’ll love. 

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 

Between a month and four months, depending on whether the rest of my life cooperates, and if the book required research or it didn’t, and whether I started at the right place or had to rework the start several times, etc….  
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What is the best way for your readers to connect with you? 

Website: www.katyevans.net 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatyEvans 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorkatyevans 

I know you have a few stories in the works for 2016.  I am really excited about Legend.  I have already pre-ordered my copy.  Is it possible to share an exclusive excerpt with Novels In Heels?
I absolutely cannot wait to share Legend with you and my readers and I’m including a teaser for you to share!

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Now for something a little more personal:
 

What would you say is your greatest achievement in life? 

My children and my marriage. 

Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

Judith McNaught. I’ve loved every single book of hers for as long as I can remember. 

What is your favourite movie and why? 

LEGENDS OF THE FALL. It’s simply epic! 

Favourite music? 

All kinds!! Oldies but goodies, new pop, anything by Pink.




Do you have any pets? 

Yes, ROW my little German Shepherd puppy is going to be 1 year in 2016. He’s spoiled J 

What is your favourite thing to do other than writing or how do you relax? 

I love hiking, taking pictures, and baking.

Do you find much time to read? 

I never read while I’m writing, but when I finish a book I tend to go on enormous 50 book-long reading sprees before I start my next project. 

Do you ever think you might visit Australia?  I would personally love to meet you and I know you have any fans here in Australia. 

My husband and I honeymooned in Australia and LOVED it. I’d love to return one day, so I am hoping we definitely get to meet soon! 

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Now for some naughtier questions:

Has a particular book ever made you so aroused that you jumped your partner? 

Oh of course! And he loves it. I remember reading CAPTIVE IN THE DARK by C.J. Roberts and I was quite haunted by it and….ahem, affected. J 

What’s your favourite sexual position? 

I like mixing it up but missionary and girl-on-top are always fun! J 

If you had a choice would you choose – flogger, blindfold, handcuffs, restraints, rope, whips, cane? 

Restraints. I do think that being helpless with a man you crave and trust to take care of you is very, very sexy.

This was absolutely a blast, Trish, thanks so much for inviting me over! 


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