Erica Stevens

Our very first ever Author Interview is with Erica Stevens, author of several great vampire series including The Ravening Series, The Captive Series, The Kindred Series and The Survivor Chronicles. Erica was generous enough to grant us the privilege of doing this interview with us so please check out what she had to say and if you have yet to read any of her books we definitely recommend that you do so. She is also submitting a signed copy of one of her books to be used at one of our website giveaways. Thanks Erica.

We know that you chose Erica Stevens as a pen name in memory of your two friends. Where these lifelong friends and is there anything in specific that they did to touch your heart over the years?
I met Steve when I was twenty and Eric when I was twenty three. They were two of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and they really helped me through some difficult times. Eric always had a way of making people smile and laugh, and Steve would have given the shirt off of his back to anyone. They died one month apart nine years ago and I still miss them every day.

How old were you when you decided you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first book when I was nine and never stopped afterward. I wouldn’t know what else to do with myself if it wasn’t for writing.

How long did it take you to put your first book together to the point that you said okay this is finished and is ready to share with the world?
Years, and even then it was still full of mistakes and grammar problems. I had never let anyone read anything I wrote until I decided to stop being a chicken and put them on sale on Amazon.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband. He kept telling me to try self publishing but I was too afraid to do it. He’s been such a big help with everything though and is constantly coming up with new ideas and helping me with everything that he can.

Do you currently have plans for future books that have not yet been started?
I plan on doing something with Jack from the Captured Series after finishing The Kindred and Ravenous Series. There is another vampire series I’ve had an idea for I would like to start after writing Jack’s story. There are other series I have written that I haven’t had a chance to work on and release yet too.

Of the three series which would you say was the hardest to write and why?
I wrote the first two Captured and first two Ravenous books together. When I got stuck on Ravenous I had the idea for Captured and started to write that. When I got stuck there I went back to Ravenous. It helped to keep me from getting frustrated with either series so it didn’t make either of them too difficult to write. I wrote The Kindred Series years ago with another series about witches that I haven’t released yet as it needs a lot of work.

Do you enjoy reading as much as you write?
I LOVE to read. Unfortunately I don’t get to do it as much as I would like right now, but if I’m not writing there is most likely a book in my lap!

How do you choose the names for the characters in your stories?
Cassie and Aria came to me. Bethany took me awhile to settle on, and most of the male names I found on baby websites. Some of them come from friends or their children; Riley from The Survivor Chronicles was named after a daughter of a friend of mine.

How do you think the changes with society and the way the Internet is a part of our lives today change the way you are able to connect with your readers versus the way authors 15 years ago did?
I think it makes it a lot easier to connect with and talk to readers. I talk to some people every day whereas writer’s fifteen years ago never would have been able to have that opportunity. I think it makes authors more accessible and keeps the reader’s more interested. It’s also nice to hear their input on stories and characters.

Do you ever see yourself writing books for a different genre or audience type?
I have more mature books that I’ve written over the years and I’ve released two of them under a different name, Brenda K. Davies. I have some more books to release under that name but I haven’t had a chance to do so yet, and it’s not my preferred genre. I imagine I would do something else as I write whatever comes to me and there are some strange ideas that run through my head.

Many writers have to have a certain mindset and atmosphere to be able to write properly would you say that statement is true and if so where are you able to get most of your best work done?
That’s not true for me. I’ll write anywhere at any time. If I’m not able to write it down at the time, I daydream about it and I daydream none stop. My husband gets a kick out of the fact that I tend to walk into things, a lot, as I don’t really pay attention to anything.

Do you have any pets and if so what are their names?
Just four fish right now, Sam, Woody, Radar, and Klinger. I’m hoping to get a wolf/shepherd puppy next spring that I want to name Loki but my husband is angling for Fenway or Bruschi.

Last question do you have a favorite author and would you say that they were your inspiration while choosing what route you would go with your writing?
I have many favorite authors but Dean Koontz, James Rollins, Steven King, Joss Whedon, and J.K. Rowling is amongst my favorite. They have definitely taught me a lot about suspense, humor, and keeping the reader interested. I think Steven King and Dean Koontz really help and inspire me when it comes to The Survivor Chronicles.

Find out more about Erica Stevens and her amazing books  by visiting her links below.

Erica’s Amazon Page
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Erica’s Blog

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