Last updated on December 11th, 2019
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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 favorite 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.
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What is your writing process?
My writing process is fairly simple. I need a good hot cup of coffee and a comfy place to work, preferably someplace with a great view and my dog. After that it’s simple, just write. I don’t hold myself to a strict format for my writing; or tie myself down with a moment-by-moment plot. Many authors do this so well while I find myself becoming too rigid in my writing, leaving my characters feeling fake. So like all things there are pros and cons to this style of writing, the big con for me is that I have notes everywhere, it seriously looks like my house was taken over by bright pink sticky notes and coil binders, none of which are in any sort of order. Everything from character outlines, plots, scenes, sketches, quotes and even things I want my characters to say is written all over the place. Given the opportunity I would turn every available space into a sticky note for when inspiration hits, this is much to my family’s dismay. I don’t have a set amount of time that I sit and write, it could be five minutes or five hours, but the key for me is to do something every day.
What is your writing space like?
I can write just about anywhere, as long as it’s comfy and I have my coffee. I have written in hotel rooms, in an airport and even at work… on lunch of course 😉 I have found sometimes the hustle and bustle of a busy coffee house is the perfect setting to get my creative juices flowing. It also allows for great people watching which always gives me inspiration for my characters. But I think my favourite spot to work is on my back deck. I live out in the country on a quiet road and I could sit all day staring out over the fields as I write. There is a calmness of mind that comes from such a beautiful and serene view.
What advice would you give other authors?
There is so much that I could share from the initial fears to the struggles along the way as well as the excitement you feel when you hold that first physical copy of all your blood, sweat and tears. But far more experienced people than myself have written fabulous words of wisdom; so I think the best piece of advice I can pass on is simply, stay strong and always be you. As soon as you put your work out there for someone else to read you’re opening yourself up for what will come and it is never all good, that is just the nature of the beast. You cannot please everyone and that’s okay, take the criticism as ways to improve. Always be you is a motto that I not only try to live by in my personal life, but I also use in my writing. We all have a unique flair to our work and I find that it can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to copy someone else’s style because you feel their work is better. Yet, then you are no longer being you and the work will come off disjointed and all over the place, especially in how the characters react with one another. Remember those that fall in love with your work are also falling in love with a little piece of you.
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Follow the journey of a strong, independent, yet caring woman as she navigates the supernatural world she is thrust into. Gwen steps out of 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?
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 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 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.
Evi Rhodes will be awarding
a $20 Amazon/BN GC
to a randomly drawn winner during the tour
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