A big welcome to Leigh Evans who is here answering a few questions and celebrating the release of The Problem with Promises, Mystwalker #3 (published on February 25, 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Interview with Leigh Evans
Having just finished THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES, I’m curious about where the Mystwalker series is going. Do you have the whole series plotted out ahead of time, or do you just figure it out as you go along? Have things changed or gone in a different direction than you planned or anticipated from when you first started writing the series?
Things have changed, mostly because Hedi’s met some interesting characters as the series moved along. I hadn’t anticipated Cordelia having as big an impact, but once she crept into the books, she left her mark on Hedi and the plot line. But that’s the way of life, isn’t it? Our final destinies are shaped by the people we meet.
The Mystwalker series will end with the fourth book–The Danger of Destiny—which I’m almost finished writing. That novel was both fun and hard to plot as I wanted to give the readers a satisfying end to Hedi’s emotional journey, but needed to close the story loops and answer some outstanding questions.
What questions? Well, how about this—what crime did Merry, the amulet-with-the-attitude, commit that led to her being imprisoned in a hunk of amber? And more importantly, is there a loophole out of that curse?
Got you thinking now, haven’t I?
Hedi is a really interesting character, since she thinks of herself as having three parts – her wolf self, her fae self and her mortal self. Is it hard writing three such disparate personalities into one character?
It’s an absolute bitch. I have to go through every scene a minimum of three times, asking myself how each identity would react. The only place I draw the curtains around Hedi is in the bedroom. It would just be too weird to have her wolf show up when she’s wrapped in Trowbridge’s arms…
Trowbridge cupped her jaw and stared deeply into her green eyes. “I love your muzzle.”
“Woof,” said Hedi.
Just doesn’t have the same zing…
Do you and Hedi share any personality traits?
I like swearing, being barefoot, and guys like Trowbridge. Other than that? Nope, not much. Matter of fact, it’s mostly a case of the direct opposite.
We meet a non-werewolf shifter and witches in THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES. Will we be seeing more and different kinds of supernaturals in the future books?
In the final Mystwalker novel, you’ll see some Asrais, mutts, and mages. I saved the other supernaturals for the short story I wrote for a top-secret vampire anthology which comes out in 2014.
No spoilers – but one of the deaths in THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES was totally surprising and sad. Was it/is it hard for you to “kill” your characters?
So hard that another character got moved off the kill list.
Do you have favorites (or least favorites!) amongst your characters?
Hands-down, it’s Cordelia: a fifty-year-old, ex-Drag Queen who just happens to be a werewolf. She has some of the best lines, and some of the best action. And she can wear Ann Taylor which I cannot because I can never get the zipper to close over my hips. (Dear A.T: Have you ever heard of hips? Because most women have them…)
Who would win in a game of tag – the werewolves or the fae?
I was born in Montreal, Quebec but now live in Southern Ontario with my husband. I’ve raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, my life was fairly routine until I hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. I decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, Mum always said I was a late bloomer.
One copy of The Problem with Promises
The Problem with Promises by Leigh Evans
Available on February 25, 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
NEVER MAKE A PROMISE…
Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore and my gorgeous mate, tries to protect me, Hedi Peacock, half-Fae, half-were, from all the trouble I get into. The thing is, my past is pretty messy and bad guys keep knocking down my door. Witches, thug bikers, the North American Council of Weres, dark magic Fae, and even an evil wizard are all after me. The Old Mage is the only one I really care about: He has my dear twin brother captive on the other side of the Gates of Merenwyn—not cool. So my alpha love is helping me to keep my promise to free my brother…
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP.
Unfortunately, everyone who helps me ends up in a heap of trouble too—including my Trowbridge. Now, I admit I’ve had my moments as a shivering coward, hoping he will come to my brave rescue. The whole Prince Charming thing is hard to shake. But these bad guys after me mean business and those damsel in distress days are over. You know that “last straw” metaphor? That was two straws ago. It’s now or never. Again…
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