Today, I have the great pleasure of interviewing Eve Paludan, author of a number of book series, novels and novellas, including GHOST FIRE, THE WITCH DETECTIVES, BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, WEREWOLF DETECTIVES, REKINDLING CLAIRE, CHASING BROADWAY and RANCH LOVERS ROMANCE, among her many works, to Marcia’s Book Talk.
Welcome Eve, it is great to have you here!
It’s great to be here. Thanks for inviting me, Marcia!
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing for longer than half a century. Although my passion is fiction, my first published book was the nonfiction series, Romance Writer’s Pink Pages: The Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Romance Novel Published. Three yearly editions were published as trade paperbacks by Prima Publishing. (This was before ebooks existed.) A great literary agent landed the deal for me. The publisher sent me on a multi-city book tour and the book became a #1 bestseller, two years in a row, for a national writer’s book club. I did radio and TV appearances, as well as attended writers’ conferences and book signings. It was the best of times.
However rewarding it was to have a successful nonfiction series for aspiring writers, a fiction writer is who I am at heart. And I wanted to network with other fiction writers. So, years ago, I found kindred spirits, colleagues and critique partners in the Desert Rose (Phoenix, Arizona) Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I also took writing classes at Mesa Community College from instructor Connie Flynn and forged longtime friendships with other writers. I stayed in RWA for years, until I moved to another city.
Even though I was a traditionally published book author, for years, I also worked day jobs or did contract work for software companies. I did not enjoy that very much because I wanted to be writing novels, not working from dawn to dusk for someone else’s dream. At night, I would write my books, sometimes going to bed at 2 a.m. and rising at 6 a.m. to go back to my day job. In 2011, after finally getting my ducks lined up as a freelance editor, I quit my day jobs forever. I’ve never regretted my decision to follow my own star. Today, I revel in the freedom to create what I love best: original fiction. I also still edit novels for a handful of bestselling author clients.
Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?
A: My fiction titles are created completely from my imagination and from research—any similarity to real people or actual situations is purely coincidental. Now that my tongue-in-cheek disclaimer is out of the way…
My life has been pretty ordinary, so reading thousands of books in my lifetime has inspired me more than my own life experiences. I have a vivid imagination and I am that reclusive, mysterious writer and voracious bookworm who keeps strange hours and stays hunkered down over a keyboard or a Kindle until dawn breaks. Yes, I keep vampire hours unless I have to do something during the day outside my home.
Q: Each writer works in different ways. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?
A: Truthfully, the last eight years have been less like a plan and more like flying by the seat of my pants, with editing projects for my bestselling clients taking precedence. Every time I complete a client project, I reward myself with time to work on my own books. My writing schedule is pretty haphazard, but it works for me.
I’m excited about the future. It’s on my bucket list to write and publish 100 books/stories and I’m about halfway there, if I count my ghostwritten books and books published under pen names.
Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?
A: I love mysteries, paranormal or not. And romance and suspense in mystery is always welcome, too. I like reading contemporary romances. I have a few historical romance eras that I enjoy, too.
Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?
A: Linda Style, April M. Reign, J.R. Rain, J. Thorn, Ray Bradbury, Aiden James, S.A. Hunt, H.T. Night, Diana Bold, Sharla Rae, Marcia Carrington, Connie Flynn, Summer Lee, Denise Domning, Lisa Lutz (Spellman series), Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series), Shirley Jackson, Robert B. Parker, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Scott Nicholson, J.T. Cross, J.A. Konrath, Toby Neal, Elaine Babich, J.R. Rice, R.L. Stine and many, many more. I could write a whole book on why I chose them.
Q: Taking Back Tara, the first part of the RANCH LOVERS series, was an enjoyable romance, with great attention to physical detail that made me feel as if I was there with the characters. What inspired you to write the love story of Tara and Zane?
A: Thank you for the compliments on these modern rancher romances. Taking Back Tara was written in five days after a friend’s challenge to write a fast, tight romance story by a certain date. I chose a Wyoming rural setting because I had once lived there and I knew I wouldn’t get bogged down with research. The places and types of ranching people were familiar to me. The hero of this series is based on someone I knew 44 years ago—he left quite an impression on me. The heroine in my books is almost always me, disguised, of course. Not many women romance authors will admit it, but the heroine is probably them! Tara Takes Christmas, the second novel in the series, is longer and took me about four months to write.
Q: Among your stories, is there one which is closest to your heart, and why?
A: I’d have to say The Man Who Fell from the Sky is pretty close to the top, if not number one. That big novel, set in Montana, was a three-year project. It had five editors and three agents (the first agent for this book was not the same one I had for Pink Pages).
After two years of back and forth, many revisions for my prospective publisher and agent drama that included one death and one nervous breakdown, I politely parted ways with the final agent with a soaring sense of freedom because I was finally going to take complete control my own future. I pulled the book from the publisher, and I published the book myself on Kindle.
I made a book trailer with paid licensed music, though the book now has a fresh cover. I promoted it, along with some writer friends. I bought paid ads, too. The Man Who Fell from the Sky earned bestseller rankings and positive reviews that first year. And the rest, as they say, is history…
The Man Who Fell from the Sky (Angel Detectives #1) features an angel-cowboy hero who’s both sexy and spiritual. And the heroine is gutsy, smart and kind. There are many heartfelt moments in this mystery romance novel with supernatural elements. The romance and heartbreak come from a secret place deep within me.
Q: You have written a number of book series over the years, mainly in the fantasy/paranormal/mystery genres. What do you find most fascinating about writing in these genres?
A: My characters know things that I have no way of knowing. I give them free rein to solve intricate mysteries and make complex relationships work, and fight battles and explore the myths and wonders of vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts, and even a lady Bigfoot who goes on the lam with a human baby! I find it fascinating what my characters know. I just type what they say in my head and I mostly stay out of their way until the second draft. I sometimes end up cutting a lot during the self-editing process, but mostly, the characters stay on track and solve a mystery or two, fight against evil, and most of all, find true love. And I have paid editors for the final version, to make sure I haven’t missed an orphan plot bunny or created a continuity error.
Q: Are there any other book genres you would like to try writing in at some stage?
A: I have plans for a long-running regional mystery series with no paranormal elements, an anthology of short stories and maybe, sexy love poetry. I have a prior commitment to write seven paranormal books, so that’s still on my plate. And I have a 100,000-word contemporary romance simmering on the back burner, a novel that I wrote way back in 1987—it has two heroes and one heroine—it’s scandalous, wild, sexy and original. Although my first agent loved the book and shopped it to publishers in New York City, I don’t think 1987 was ready for that book—However, I believe 2018 is. And I’m working on Witch List (Witch Detectives #5).
And, this is the first time I have said this publically, but I’ll be developing new nonfiction titles relating to writing and editing. Even though my fiction takes center stage, I’m excited about this longed-for return to nonfiction writing.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or currently on the air?
A: I don’t have cable or a dish, but I occasionally watch TV shows online through Amazon Prime or PBS.org. I adored Downton Abbey and I wish it was still in production. My current favorites are Poldark, a PBS historical series, and Bosch, an Amazon Originals detective series.
Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?
A: Reading, swimming and water exercise with water weights, treasure hunting in thrift stores and outdoor photography.
Q: Are you left-handed, or right-handed? Being a left-hander, it is interesting to see how many writers are either one or the other, or ambidextrous.
A: I am a righty, Marcia. Except for typing, I rarely do anything with my left hand.
Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?
A: My most recent and possibly best novel is DRAGON LESSONS, an 83,000+ word Kindle Worlds novel (licensed fiction through arrangements with Amazon). Dragon Lessons is set in the Vampire for Hire world of J.R. Rain’s vampire detective, Samantha Moon. When Sam’s teenage daughter, Tammy, falls for Thorn, a dragon shifter, he rocks her world with an unforgettable first love. But he’s intent on a noble mission—and if he fails, it will be the end of the world as they know it.
Dragon Lessons is only distributed in the U.S., but it is available free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. It’s fast-paced and features one of my newer writing techniques where the story is revealed through multiple viewpoints in alternating chapters until it comes together at the end with a lot of excitement.
I should have some other books coming out in late spring, so readers should stay tuned to my blog at http://evepaludanbooks.com/
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Marcia. It was a pleasure to be interviewed by you.
I am certain you will join me in thanking Eve for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Eve she is available on:
*Blog and website