AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: EVE GORDON
Eve Gordon has stopped by to chat with the Bunnies at JR….
Apocalyptic Moon, Book 1 in the After the Bane Series. Published by the Wild Rose Press (Black Rose)
Ravaged by a global zombie pandemic, humanity’s survival depends on the secret society of shifters, but can they be trusted?
Dr. Dora Adler’s life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf. Yeah, and she’s supposedly a witch.
Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he’s sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch.
In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora’s sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.
Apocalyptic Moon takes place during the zombie apocalypse. However, most zombie stories deal with humans verses the undead. In my story, I mix genres by adding werewolves, other shifters and magical elements. Yes, there is a secret shifter society and now the various factions must decide how to help the remaining humans, if at all. Fortunately, for all concerned, the Z-Phage virus does not infect shifters.
I was inspired to create a universe with all my favorite elements, zombie genre, end of the world stories, epic fantasy, and paranormal romance of a wolfish bent.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I create the universe but my characters take over and tell their story.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I have always been a fantasy reader and so my first novel was an epic romance fantasy, The Stone of the Tenth Realm. It was published in England but now I have my rights back and hope to put it out there again. I love wolves and werewolf stories and I morphed into writing paranormal romance.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Hmm. This is like asking a mom, which kid she favors. I am partial to Ulric from Lycan Gladiator, a paranormal historical coming from Corvallis Press August 20, 2013. Who cannot love a tormented alpha werewolf who happens to be a lycan.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far? Probably Emperor Domitian from Lycan Gladiator because he was a real historical character and a cruel one at that. Though this story is alternative history and his role in the story minor, I still wanted to capture his essence.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
All my minor characters are tweaked versions of someone I know or have known.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Finding the time to write all my stories that are waiting to be written.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m a diehard science geek. That I have degrees in Zoology and Biology, have taught biology/anatomy physiology and still keep one foot in the science door by working with raptors.
What TV Shows are you addicted to?
The Walking Dead, The Game of Thrones, Vikings and Downton Abby.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I like to start with the main character’s back story, time place, and universe. I clean my writing area and then let the characters and plots leap out of my brain.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Yes, each book has its own epic music soundtrack. For Apocalyptic Moon, I used post-apocalyptic type music from games such as Halo, Resident Evil, Abney Park and some heavy metal. I have a huge playlist from Spotify and Pandora radio
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
I would cast Zooey Deschanel to play Dora.
I would cast a brawnier Bradley Cooper to play Dirk.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
On my computer. By e-mail. My hubby is always the first to know.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
Sad to say, after college. Before that, I read mostly hard science fiction and fantasy novels.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
Diane Gabaldon. I look forward to each huge fat alternative historical novel in her Outlander series. I so love Jamie and Clair.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
Nope. I miss teaching but my passion is working on my stories fulltime.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
I loved the newest Star Trek. Lady Hawk is one of my old time favorites.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I just sent Book 2 in the After the Bane series to my editor. It will be titled Raven Moon. Lycan Gladiator, Book 1 in the Wolf Maiden Saga is being fluffed for release. And I have a steampunk and a gothic Victorian Historical making the query rounds with agents.
How do you pick your characters names?
I google baby names for boys and girls.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
Both. There is that initial attraction and then there is a steady growth with moments of sexual tension that eventually ends in explosive passion.
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
I say, take away the romantic element and you will still end up with a well plotted, researched fantasy, suspense, science fiction, zombie apocalypse and or historical novel. Why not have romantically involved characters who fight zombies? Same action/adventure, horror, plot twists, nasty bad guys but with a satisfying ending where the romantic couple survive in a different happily ever after.
Where can readers find you?
Like on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eva-Gordon/45924449313
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/evagordon
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark Chocolate with a rich red wine.