Wednesday, May 1, 2013

And Introducing...E.J. Stevens

Today I would like to introduce you to E.J. Stevens. Author of the Spirit Guide and the Ivy Granger series. For a complete list of all of her books please visit her Goodreads Author page.

Thank you E.J. for taking the time answer a few questions.

1. How long have you been writing?

Writing has always been in my blood. I grew up in a family of prolific storytellers and my childhood was steeped in tales of supernatural horror and suspense. When I was very young I would join in the thrill of telling ghost stories. Writing novels was a natural progression to this early storytelling, though it wasn’t until 2010 that my first novel was published.

She Smells the Dead, the first novel in the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal series, published in 2010. This was soon followed by Spirit Storm, Legend of Witchtrot Road, and Brush with Death. The Pirate Curse, the fifth novel in the Spirit Guide series, is scheduled to release Fall 2013.

Shadow Sight, the first novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series, released in 2012. Blood and Mistletoe, an Ivy Granger novella, released later that year. Ghost Light, the second Ivy Granger novel, is due to release July 9, 2013 and will be followed by Club Nexus, a collection of short stories set in the urban fantasy world of the Ivy Granger series, later this year.

2. Can you tell us about any of your future works?

I have three books publishing in 2013.

THE PIRATE CURSE is the fifth novel in the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal series. In this series, Yuki has the unusual gift of sensing ghosts through the sense of smell. Though smelling dead people isn’t much of a gift. For Yuki, a goth outsider who’s already the target of her school’s worst bullies, it’s more like a curse. 

Thankfully, Yuki has an amazing group of friends who have helped her to survive high school. But now high school is over. With the knowledge that nothing will ever be the same once the summer ends, Yuki is determined to make the most of the time she has left before her friends leave for college.

But when Yuki starts smelling salt brine and seaweed, she finds her summer vacation hijacked by pirates...the DEAD kind. Will the ghost of Black Sam Bellamy, Prince of Pirates, lead Yuki and her friends to treasure or terror?

GHOST LIGHT is the second full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. Ivy’s psychic detective agency is beginning to prosper. Too bad her newfound notoriety brings a mob of angry faeries to her office door. 

CLUB NEXUS is a collection of short stories set in the world of Ivy Granger. Harborsmouth is built on a confluence of ley lines, and at the center of this convergence of power sits a nightclub hidden in shadow. If you’ve ever wondered what vampires and faeries do for fun, look no further. When you’re a supernatural beastie, all roads lead to Club Nexus.

3. If your books were to be made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?

Such an exciting idea! 

I think actress Jodelle Ferland would be excellent in the role of Yuki, the lead protagonist of the Spirit Guide series. Gemma Ward looks very similar to how I envision Yuki’s best friend Emma. Chris Zylka and Chase Crawford each have the potential to play swoonworthy Calvin. Ian Somerholder has the perfect mannerisms for Simon. I’d love to see Field Cate as Gordy and Georgie Henley would make a cute Katie.

Casting the Ivy Granger series is a bit more difficult. There are so many possibilities! Megan Fox, Odette Annabelle, Erica Cerra, Olivia Wilde, and Taylor Cole would each make an excellent Ivy Granger. I haven’t found the perfect actress for the role of Jinx, Ivy’s rockabilly best friend, but Zooey Deschanel may have the right style for the part. Tilda Swinton would be wonderful as The Green Lady, the glaistig who rules the Harborsmouth carnival. Johnny Depp has the ability to play charismatic eccentric characters and would be excellent in the role of Sir Torn, lord of the cat sith. Mia Wasikowska would be lovely in the role of Ivy’s mother in her younger years and Caleb Landry Jones would be excellent in the role of Will-o’-the-Wisp. Amanda Seigfried has the look of the Tuatha Dé Danann druid Béchuille. With the help of CGI, Bryce Dallas Howard could make an impressive Melusine. Rose Leslie may be able to pull off the role of the Hunter Jenna. Helena Bonham Carter would be fabulous as the powerful witch Madam Kaye. Then, of course, we must cast our hot kelpie king. Henry Cavill has the chiseled good looks and six-pack abs necessary to play Ceffyl Dŵr, though his baby blues would have to be hidden behind midnight green contact lenses.

4. Can you tell us anything about yourself that we may be surprised to know?

I am completely ruled by my corgi overlord. No, really. Think about it. My corgi has more beds than I do; she has seven beds, while I have just the one. And she dictates my writing schedule. If my corgi wants attention, I don’t have a choice but to obey. 

5. Who has been your favorite character to write? Why?

I love all of my characters, but I have to admit that I most enjoy writing mischievous characters. For this reason, I adore writing scenes featuring the brownie Hob. I also enjoy writing about kleptomaniac pookas and troublesome pixies.

If you’d like to keep up with my current writing mischief, visit my blog or follow me on Twitter.

Thank you so much for having me here today at Words Escape Me.

Author Bio:

E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

You can learn more about E.J. by visiting her blog From the Shadows:

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