Welcome author E.J. Stevens! She is the author of She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and The Legend of Witchtrot Road (Spirit Guide #1-3). Look for my upcoming reviews, coming soon!
Tell us a little about yourself and the book(s) you've written...
I was raised on stories of faeries and goblins and really did believe there were bloodthirsty monsters hiding in the shadows. The myths of my childhood opened my mind to the possibility of magic in our everyday world. This belief in magic and monsters, and my massive childhood Edgar Allan Poe obsession, inspired much of my earlier writing and led to a love of paranormal literature.
In 2009 my first collection of poetry, From the Shadows, was published. Encouraged by the response of readers, I began writing a collection of paranormal poetry that told the tale of the dark creatures I have grown to love from folklore, myth, and legend. Shadows of Myth and Legend published May 2010.
2010 was also the year that the Spirit Guide series became available to readers. She Smells the Dead received amazing reviews, with over 100 reviews of 4-stars or greater, and has been featured on many of Amazon's Top 100 Rated lists in the paranormal and mystery categories. The series continued with the release of Spirit Storm January of 2011 and Legend of Witchtrot Road, Spirit Guide #3, October 4, 2011.
Yuki has a secret...she smells the dead. In She Smells the Dead we learn of Yuki's paranormal gift...or curse. Yuki has the psychic gift of clairalience--the ability to sense the dead through smell. Trying to help a ghost take care of unresolved issues based on the smell impressions they leave behind is difficult, but Yuki doesn't give up easily. With the help of her friends, Yuki struggles to solve the mystery of the ghost haunting her...and survive high school.
Spirits of the Dead are coming... Spirit Storm picks up immediately where She Smells the Dead leaves off, with Yuki facing Samhain, the most frightening night of the year. Yuki and her friends need to find a way to protect Yuki's mind from the army of lost souls that will be unleashed--and they're running out of time.
Describe your main characters. If they were real people, would you be friends with them?
Yuki: Being haunted by ghosts is never easy, but dealing with smelly spirits while coping with high school is something that Yuki manages with spunky grace. I admire Yuki's ability to cope with her paranormal gift and how she courageously maintains her extreme individuality in the face of intense pressure from her peers. Yuki is true to herself and loyal to her friends. I would definitely hang out with Yuki in real life.
Calvin: Cal is totally swoon worthy. If he were a bit older, I would probably try to steal him away from Yuki...not that he would ever leave her willingly. Cal and Yuki have been best friends since childhood and their relationship is built on love, trust, and friendship. Cal would do anything for Yuki. I kind of love him for that.
Emma: Emma is a hardcore vegan who loves to rant about animal rights. She has some very strong beliefs and she's not afraid to share them...ever. Emma can get pretty snarky, especially when arguing with Simon, but I love her steadfastness in her own beliefs. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and is willing to do almost anything to fight the injustices of the world. If she existed in real life, I would love to hang out with Emma...though admittedly, she might drive me crazy.
Simon: Calvin may be yummy in a cute, heroic kind of way, but Simon is ALL bad boy. Simon is a hottie and total flirt. If he existed in real life, he would be mine. ;)
How do you choose the names for your characters?
I am a pantster when it comes to naming most of my characters, however Calvin and Yuki's names are exceptions.
Calvin was named after Calvin O'Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time. I absolutely loved that book as a kid. Yuki's name comes from my love of manga and anime.
Would you like to see your book turned into a movie? Who would play the main characters?
I would love to see Jodelle Ferland as Yuki. Her features are perfect for the role and she has experience playing spooky goth girls. Alex Pettyfer, before his recent fame, would have made a fabulous Calvin Miller, however after watching Chace Crawford in Gossip Girl, I am leaning more towards Chace as an actor who can capture the warmth and sincerity of Calvin's character. Amanda Seyfried would make an amazing Emma. Amanda has the ideal combination of strength and grace and her pale skin and blond hair make her perfect for the role. Last, but not least, is my choice for Simon. I have to admit that I cast Misha Collins for the role of Simon long ago. I was captivated by Misha as Castiel in the TV show Supernatural and if you gave him a facial scar he'd make a wonderfully roguish Simon.
What is one thing you'd like your readers to take away from your book(s)?
There is a very strong message in the Spirit Guide series; Be true to yourself. No how many challenges life throws at Yuki--needy spirits, hot werewolves, angry witches, and high school bullies to name a few--she remains unwavering in her sense of self. This is not a teen heroine who changes to meet the expectations of a boyfriend or caves under peer pressure.
Would you describe your stories are sweet, savory, sour, or salty?
Do you have pets? Can you tell us a little about them?
YES. I have a corgi, Maya. She's the most adorable furry baby EVER.
Here is Maya as a puppy princess
and sleepy bed time Maya
Isn't she the cutest?
What was the last thing you ate? Did you enjoy it?
Cheesecake. I enjoyed it very much. :)
What advice would you give your teen readers about life?
High School is difficult enough without having to worry about bullies. If you are being bullied, talk to someone. You are never truly alone.
Thank you E.J. for such a wonderful interview. I am so happy you could join us today :)
E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. She currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she can be found blogging at From the Shadows, a paranormal book blog, or hanging out on Goodreads and Twitter.
You can find E.J. Stevens on the web at:
Author site: http://about.me/EJStevens
Official website: http://spiritguideseries.blogspot.com
Blog tour schedule: http://spiritguideseries.blogspot.com/p/tour-info.html
Surviving agitated ghosts, irritated witches, angry werewolves, and the horrors of high school has never been so hard.
The night of Samhain may be behind them, but Yuki and her friends have only begun to face the challenges of their paranormal gifts. Tensions are rising--in the pack, at school, and within their tightly knit group of friends.
The tragic death of Wakefield High student Dylan Jacobs has emotions boiling over. The J-Team, Yuki's arch nemesis, have turned the entire football team against her. They claim that Yuki is a witch and blame her for the death of their fellow teammate. Will Yuki be able to solve the mystery of Dylan's death, and the legend of Witchtrot Road, before tempers flare and things turn violent?
You can buy E.J. Steven's books at:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/e-j-stevens
The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Legend-Witchtrot-Road/9780984247547
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