May 23, 2016

Interview: E.J. Stevens

Welcome E.J. Stevens to Deviant Worlds!

To start things off, do you read much science fiction or fantasy? If so, what are your favorite authors and favorite books by those authors?

I love speculative fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy. My favorite authors include Glen Cook (Black Company), William Gibson (Neuromancer), Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, Codex Alera), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), and Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega). I also have an enduring love of Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

Do you have a favorite sub-genre that you find you gravitate to? 

My favorite sub-genre is Urban Fantasy, with Grimdark a close second.

When did you decide you wanted to become a writer of stories that deviate from reality?

I began telling tales of fantasy and horror before I learned to write. I was the spooky kid on the playground forever armed with a ghost story, and who wove tales of dead faeries in your school lunch. See that green thing on your lunch tray? Not a string bean. 

I’ve been approached by schoolmates who claim I gave them nightmares and scarred them for life.  That was all the encouragement I needed to begin a professional writing career. 

For people who may be unfamiliar with your work, where does it land on the speculative fiction spectrum of horror to science fiction to fantasy and how would you describe your work? What elements does it combine?

I enjoy writing across the entire speculative fiction spectrum.  I have written three speculative fiction series (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Hunters’ Guild, Spirit Guide), and I’ve begun work on a fourth (Dark Arcana). 

My most popular, the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series and the Hunters’ Guild series, are Urban Fantasy.  It is interesting to note that although both of these series take place within the same world, each series has a slightly different mix of speculative fiction elements. 

Ivy Granger has the psychic gifts of psychometry (visions from touching an object or person) and second sight (seeing through faerie and undead glamour to the true visage hiding beneath).  She used her gifts to solve cases, and she copes with the downside of these abilities by dishing out bad puns and a whole lot of snark. 

Jenna Lehane is a member of the Hunters’ Guild, the closest thing she’s had to family since her parents were slaughtered by rogue vampires.  The Guild not only trained her, they saved her from an abusive foster home, and gave her life purpose.  In addition to being a highly trained enforcer for the Guild, she can see ghosts.  Jenna copes with this annoying gift, and the years of abuse prior to living with the Guild, by staking and decapitating vampires and by eviscerating any supernatural who dares lay a hand on an innocent child.

These differences in protagonists lead to an increase in humor, detective mystery, and adventure in the Ivy Granger series, and more fight scenes, graphic violence, and horror elements in the Hunters’ Guild series.  Setting also has an impact on both series.  The Ivy Granger series takes place in the fictional city of Harborsmouth, giving it a more traditional Urban Fantasy feel.  The Hunters’ Guild series is set in cities and villages throughout Europe and is interwoven with historical figures and events, such as the fall of the Knights Templar and the bloody Battle of the Golden Spurs.

What are your current publications?

VISTA D’OMBRA, the Italian translation of SHADOW SIGHT, released May 2, 2016, and the audiobook edition of BIRTHRIGHT released May 12, 2016.  HOUND’S BITE is now available for pre-order, and releases July 12, 2016.

Are you currently working on any writing projects?

I am currently writing the upcoming DARK ARCANA series.  The series will debut with THE MAGICIAN in late 2016/early 2017.  I’m also working on an Ivy Granger novella, the Ivy Granger novel BLOOD RITE, the Hunters’ Guild novel HUNTING IN PARIS, and a top secret novel and screenwriting project.

I’m also working with a German translator to release SCHATTENSICHT, the German translation of Shadow Sight, by September 2016, and I’m working with my narration team to bring HOUND’S BITE to audio in 2017.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

To learn more about my books and keep up with new book releases, signing events, and giveaways, subscribe to my monthly newsletter and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tsu, Amazon, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google+, Booklikes, and on my blog, From the Shadows

Anything else you’d like your readers to know about you or the publishing business as a whole?

I absolutely love meeting readers at events.  I hope to see you all at one of my upcoming writing workshops, panels, or signings.  I am signing in Dublin at the Irish Writers Centre May 31st, and I’m a confirmed guest at NonCon, Readercon, Sinfully Yours Author Event, New England Authors Expo, and Imaginarium Convention. 

Thank you for your time E.J.!

My pleasure! :)

Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1)
Blurb: Some things are best left unseen...

Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills—most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client—until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...

Buy the Book: Shadow Sight on Amazon

She Smells the Dead (Spirit Guide #1)
Blurb: It's the beginning of senior year and Yuki's psychic awareness of ghostly spirits is threatening to ruin her life. Her ability to sense spirits of the dead isn't glamorous like the ghost hunting on television. SHE SMELLS THE DEAD. The smell impressions are becoming stronger. Yuki is being visited in her dreams, and she suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. To make matters worse her crush on Garrett is going unrequited, Yuki's friend Emma is on a rampage against bee oppression, and annoying Calvin Miller mysteriously disappears. Will Yuki be able to focus her powers in time to save the lost soul who is haunting her? Meanwhile, who will save Yuki from following the spirits into the light?

Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1)
Blurb: Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all. 

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions—but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy. 

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger.

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