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Q: How do you feel about fans obsessing over your words and imagination?
A: I'm not really sure. At first I got really stressed out and anxious, but now I just try and breathe and answer questions and try to get new things out there. Q: Yes but it must get scary when we all start on you at once.
A: It does, especially in the beginning. Though I still have nights where I cant sleep because I have 20 billion things running through my mind and I'm afraid I'm going to mess something up. Q: Is that what you think every time you release a book? That you have messed up?
A: Not that I messed up but more that people wont like it or someone will harp on some small detail. I've always been a wicked perfectionist and I know there is no way to catch all the errors but I would go over them until the end of time if I thought they'd be perfect. Q: So, when you were starting out how did you get your books out there for readers to find? I'm sure it took a while!
A:It does take a while but I was lucky enough that I had so much done in so many different series that I was able to offer something for everyone. Having Amazon price match the first one in the series for free was what helped the most though. Q: Are there voices or dreams that tell you what to write next?
A: Both. I'm always plotting new things while I'm awake but they also invade while I'm sleeping. I have really vivid dreams and nightmares, I have LOTS of nightmares but they're good fodder. Q: So are your nightmares kind of a muse for you?
A: They are! I had a good one about zombies last night, but The Survivor Chronicles are for that fix. I think now I'm just excited about The Walking Dead returning! Q: So since you are a Walking Dead fan have you thought about writing a zombie book?
A: There are so many zombie books out there now but there are "kinda" zombies in TSC now so I get my end of the world and "flesh eating monsters that aren't entirely zombies" fix. Q: Speaking of The Walking Dead, are you a Shane or Darryl girl?
A:I am madly in love with Darryl, I have the t-shirts and the jealous husband to prove it! Q: When it comes to zombies do you like them to be old school zombies, fresh out of the grave, or the new ones that are infected?
A: I will take my zombies anyway I can get them, though I didn't like the World War Z zombies. How do you beat those things? Good twist at the end but still, wow, and I've only seen the movie Q: Out of all of your books which series would you like to see made into a movie and/or television show?
A: I actually think the Captive series would make a better TV show than a movie. The world could be explored and there could be a lot more done with it just as long as they absolutely never ever try to turn Aria, Braith and someone else into a freaking love triangle. I think TSC would be great on the big screen but could be a pretty good TV show too. The effects might be too much for TV though. Q: Erica, who are your favorite authors? You know, the ones where you'd buy the book without reading the synopsis before hand.
A: Dean Koontz and James Rollins are the only two I'll grab without reading anything else. Though there is this little known Aussie author, Greig Beck, that I've really gotten into. Q: Do these authors inspire you to write more?
A: No, not really. They're more just my "I'm going to disappear from the world for a while" and James Rollins is so amazing at weaving history into his books that I just sit there going WOW! Music, movies, other books and my imagination motivate me the most. Q: Since you mentioned music, is there one genre you prefer?
A: I listen to and like almost everything, not a fan of death metal or hardcore rap, but my favorite is definitely country, but more old school and not POP country. Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to be inspired to write, where would you go?
A: Australia, Yosemite, or Alaska. I have always wanted to go to Australia and Alaska. I'm a huge nature person and I just LOVE animals so I want to be where they are and where the trees hit the sky. Q: What made you give Braith a wolf as a seeing eye dog in Captive?
A: I love wolves, I always have. Wolves and horses are my two favorite animals. I have my part wolf now and I need to have a horse again, it's been to long and I miss them everyday. Plus a wolf and a vampire seemed to go together. Q: So what is your favorite movie, Erica?
A: I have so many favorite movies but I would have to say Jaws. It's the scariest I've ever seen simply because I cannot step into the ocean without that theme song playing through my head and having to get back out. Plus I just absolutely adore Quint. What an awesome character! It's also one of the few movies that did the book justice. Q: We all know the meaning behind the Erica Stevens pen name but is there a special meaning behind the Brenda K. Davies pen name?
A: Brenda was my grandma's name, K is mine and my mom's middle initial, and Davey was a long time family friend who died a few years ago. Q: Why did you decide to write under a pen name instead of using your own name for at least one genre of books?
A: I always said I would be Erica Stevens for Eric and Steve but I wasn't ready to put my name out there when I did Brenda K. Davies. I've recently been considering doing it all under my own name but it may be too difficult to change it now. I'll at least do my younger stuff under my own name. Q: Eventually do you see yourself writing any books that aren't of the paranormal variety, like mysteries and such?
A: Probably not. I love the paranormal genre. It's just sooo much fun. Though I have an older story that's more Red Dawn like with nothing paranormal. I want to rework it but I haven't decided if it will be under Erica or younger.
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Introducing The Elusive Author Brenda K. Davies…. Part 1
I found her! A few of my readers know I’ve been trying to find Brenda K. Davies, author of Awakened and Destined, two books that have taken the writing industry by storm with thousands of it’s readers going nuts over them. I bet I’m not the only one who has been surfing the web for a third book if there is one (we’ll all find out soon enough), and I’m not the only one who has been trying to track down the author to ask about it. I’ve been searching for her since 2012 and without her real name and no publisher, it was near impossible until Nicole, another crazy fan, commented on my post, giving me a great lead- Brenda’s other pen name Erica Stevens. Most authors are extremely easy to find because they leave you all their links but not Brenda she left no clue not even to her other pen name, in fact as Erica Stevens another renowned name in the fantasy fiction world, she makes no reference to being Brenda Davies, thus she was dubbed] ‘The Elusive Author’.
Why two pen names and who is this elusive author readers are in love with her work? Let’s find out.
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This was Vampire Forums very first Author Interview!
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 right 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 are 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.
The books that I have read so far (the captive series and the ravening series) both have a continuing theme in them that two people/beings who should hate each other end up falling in love. Is there a particular message that you are trying to relay to your readers?
I really just like to put people into already difficult situations and then give them something even more difficult to have to deal with. However, I do believe that love isn't a choice and that it is worth fighting for.
What/who is your biggest inspiration?
That is a good question. For writers it would have to be Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, James Rollins and Stephen King. I love the way they can keep me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the story. In my life, it would have to be my parents. They're both unbelievably strong people and have worked incredibly hard their entire lives. They never let anyone, or anything, hold them back.
What was your main reason behind becoming an Indie author?
I tried the traditional publishing route for years. I kept querying agents and getting rejected. My husband urged me to try self-publishing and one day I finally listened. I took books from three series I had been working on and put them on Amazon before I could chicken out. Looking back, I wish I hadn't done all three at once, but I was just hoping someone would read it and like something. I didn't have an editor at the time, but thankfully Leslie has found me since! She's edited everything new I've released and is working on editing the stories I had first put out. I'm hoping to have them all edited and re-released eventually.
As a writer, what do you do to keep from “burning out”?
I work on a different book. If I get stuck somewhere I don't stress about it, I start a new book or go to a different book I was already having trouble with. I find it gives me a new perspective and I'm able to figure out what was bothering me. It also helps to keep me from getting frustrated, and gives me an opportunity to start one of the many stories I have running through my head or written in my notebook. I also allow my husband to drag me away once in awhile, though sometimes I'm still clutching my laptop!
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first book when I was nine but I was always writing stories before then. I even wrote plays for my friends and I to act out. I loved it, they probably hated me for it, but they were good sports.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors out there?
Don't ever give up and don't be afraid to try something new even if it might scare you.
Do you feel like you have achieved your childhood dream of being a writer?
Yes. Writing was the only thing I ever I wanted to do. It's a part of me and I love it so much. I bounced through college majors because everything interested me, but I always knew I just wanted to find something that would give me the opportunity to write.
Do you feel like your personal experiences in the past (childhood and adulthood) have had an impact on your writing?
Absolutely. I loved my childhood, you couldn't keep me inside. My friends and I were always coming up with new ways to keep ourselves entertained whether it was imaginary worlds, sports, games or building forts and exploring the woods. It gave me an opportunity to let imagination run free. I've moved around since my teens and have had some really interesting and not so common jobs. I've been fortunate enough to make some really good friends and meet some really interesting people. Some of them share traits with more than a few of my characters!
My name is not really Erica Stevens, it is a pen name that I chose in memory of two amazing friends lost too soon.I was born in New York and moved to Mass as a child. I spent my time growing up between NY and Mass so I have some interesting times when sports games roll around. I was fortunate enough to marry my best friend over two years ago and I don't know what I'd do without him. I have a large, crazy, fun loving family that just loves to laugh. My parents are the strongest people I know. I have an older brother and sister, and a younger sister, who have blessed me with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. I am nowhere near as old as the great nieces and nephews make me sound. I love to read and have wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old.