Interview with author Evi Rhodes

Today’s welcome goes out to novelist Evi Rhodes who is with me to
chat about her new paranormal romance, Wicked Night, book 1 in A
Warrior’s Promise Series.

During her virtual book tour, Evi will be awarding a
$20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly
drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To
increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!
Bio:
Evi
Rhodes has always had a passion for writing and likes to spend as much time as
possible hanging out with the array of rescue animals on her farm in Ontario,
sipping on a cup of coffee and typing on her laptop.
In
addition to getting her degree in business as well as competing in her
favourite equestrian sport, dressage, she is an entrepreneur, and has coached
many of a riding enthusiast, but she has always found herself coming back to
wanting to write full-time.
“I
just want to be me and to be authentic. To tell a story that others can immerse
themselves in and enjoy is what I have always wanted.”
Welcome, Evie. Please tell us a little bit about Wicked
Night.
Follow the journey of a
strong, independent, yet caring woman as she navigates the supernatural world
she is thrust into. Gwen steps out of a dysfunctional family life and into a
world filled with danger she never realized lives at every turn, fiery passion,
and a love that is ever binding. How will she handle her strange new surroundings
as well as the man with the intense and overbearing personality who threatens
to destroy the emotional barriers around her heart?
Wicked, the next in
line to become the vampire king, is caught off guard when he grudgingly agrees
to take on a charge, something he never wanted to do. He is unsure how to
handle the fierce and vibrant woman with the unsettling green eyes. It doesn’t
take long for them to clash, but will it end passionately or burn down around
them?
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always loved to write and had jotted down notes
for this novel long ago. I really wanted to write a story that pulled the
reader in and gave them characters they could root for as well as had a little
of everything that I love in a novel. I also like to touch on serious topics
and people’s stories that I felt were worthwhile in sharing in part or whole. I
am truly inspired by the world around us as well as picturing what the world
would be like if those from the paranormal walked among us out in the open.
Excerpt from Wicked Night:
He slowly turned around and there she was, the one
thing in his life that made him smile, and he pulled her forward so she could
stand between his legs. She hugged him tightly to her as he held on to her
small body.
“I love you,” she said
over and over again into the side of his neck as she ran little kisses up and
down his skin.
            His
big body started to shake and he gave in and did something he hadn’t done in a
very long time: he cried. He was hanging on to her for dear life as the sobs
racked his body and still she just kept repeating how much she loved him, and
she was there for him. As small as she was, physically, in comparison to him,
in this moment she was the strong one; she was his rock. He needed her, he
needed to wipe away what happened tonight; he needed to bury himself into her
warmth and have her wash away the darkness with the strength of who she was and
who they were to each other.
            He
looked up into her eyes and he saw only love. There was no pity. There was no
sadness or disgust at how weak he was being, there was only love for him and a
strength of character that spoke of her virtuous nature. He took her face in
his hands and crushed his lips to hers and she moaned in response, allowing him
to completely dominate her as he ran his hands up her body and explored her
mouth with his tongue. He broke away from the kiss only long enough to make sure
the door was locked.
What exciting story are you working on next?
The second book in the series, Unusual Night,
is already published but I am currently working on book three, Orion’s Night
which is almost complete. It is a deeper look into Orion and his life; he is
and interesting character in the continuing story of Gwen and her journey.
Although this book will predominantly be about Orion it will also give us an
outside perspective into Gwen’s life and the ongoing turmoil around the
mansion. A different and unique way to view our heroine and those that surround
her.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m honestly still in shock that my work is in print,
maybe when the surreal wears off I will feel like I’m a writer.
Do you write full-time?
No, unfortunately, I don’t write full time, but would
love to. I actually own my own small business, as well as I’m currently working
in an office as an administrative assistant. I tend to write late into the
evening and on weekends for the most part. It is hard juggling everything, but I
make sure that I sit down at the computer every day for at least a half-hour
even if it is just to look over something that I have already written. I feel
that it’s important to stay active with my work even when I’m crazy busy; not
only does it keep me in touch with my characters, but many times it is what
calms my mind and allows me to unwind.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure if this is quirky, but I cannot write a
single page unless I have a coffee in hand and my writing table set-up the
exact same way every time. I also love to listen to music when I write and
whenever I have a fight scene or a romantic scene etc… there are certain songs
I absolutely must listen to, they just get the right creative juices flowing.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a small child I had two dreams the first was to
become a veterinarian because I absolutely love animals and wanted to be able
to help them all; unfortunately my scientific academic acumen was not where it
needed to be for this particular dream. The second was to become an Olympian in
the equestrian sport I ride in. Not once did I dream that one day I would
become a writer, in fact as a child I had enormous trouble learning to read and
write. I was held back in class after testing proved I was comprehending at a
level at least two grades behind my classmates. I was diagnosed as dyslexic and
proven to have a short-term memory issue. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the persistence
of my parents to make sure that I got caught up by sitting and studying with me
every night to learn how to properly read, write, and spell, I’m not sure I
would’ve ever found my love for writing.
I was asked the other day if I thought my time riding
and competing with horses had taught me any life lessons.
I can say without a doubt that, yes, they most
certainly did. Not only did the horses teach me about responsibility, but they
taught me respect, how to listen and speak without using words as well as how
to put another’s needs before my own. When you get into horses the very first
thing you learn is that you don’t eat until your horse does, you don’t drink
until your horse does, you don’t rest until your horse has been brushed, their
stall has been cleaned and your tack has been put away. They are your number
one focus and what they need comes above everything else. Also I have to say
horses are a great judge of character, best way to know if you have a good
girlfriend or boyfriend is to bring them around your horse, they will tell you
quick enough if you should say adios. My stallion always put a boyfriend through
the acceptance test more thoroughly than any parent, friend or sibling would
and the only one that truly passed, I’m now married to.
Links:
Thanks for joining me today! All the best with your
writing.

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7 thoughts on “Interview with author Evi Rhodes

  1. Evi Rhodes says:

    Thanks for the wonderful comments, I hope you enjoy the book if you choose to read it and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at evirhodes@awarriorspromiseseries.com
    Hi Bernie, I think you meant TV show or Movie? I think TV show then people get to enjoy it longer and important parts don't get cut just to make things shorter for the limited screen amount of time. With this being a series there is a lot more yet to the story 🙂

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