1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.
Hmm…maybe an eleven, LOL! Right now I’m writing for three publishers under two different names, and I still teach human anatomy part-time. Talk about a juggling act.
As Eve Kenin I write for Dorchester’s new SHOMI line. My first book for them, DRIVEN, was a September 2007 release, with the second book, HIDDEN, slotted for July 2008.
I write historical gothics for Kensington as Eve Silver. My third gothic, DARK PRINCE, hit shelves in August 2007, and the fourth one, HIS WICKED SINS, will be out in August 2008. Add to the mix a gothic novella due for release in September 2008, and I’m definitely nose-to-the-grindstone right now.
And I’m very excited about my first dark, sexy contemporary paranormal written as Eve Silver, DEMON’S KISS (Grand Central Publishing). It’s out this month, and I’ve completed the second book in the series, DEMON’S HUNGER, but don’t have a confirmed release date yet.
So things are a little hectic, but I’m just hanging on to my keyboard and loving this crazy ride!
2. Did you start writing as an escape from gory human innards? *g*
I love teaching human anatomy. And I love writing. The trick is finding a balance. I don’t see human innards as gory; I see them as a fascinating construct, an assemblage of great brilliance and beauty. I love knowing the names of the bones, each bump and groove on each bone, each muscle and artery and nerve. And for those who have read my debut books, DARK DESIRES and HIS DARK KISS, my love of the science of anatomy and the history of medicine is apparent. *wink*
Actually, I started writing when I was nine; I wrote a story of an unwanted teddy bear that found a new and loving home. I started writing romance because I had always loved to read romance, and a set of events combined to create opportunity. My husband (who always thought I should write) found a small ad in our local paper for a writing workshop and he encouraged me to go. My sister-in-law talked me into buying a second-hand laptop. The workshop leader clued me in to the existence of RWA. At my local chapter I met the two women who would become my critique partners. And at that point, the secret yearning to write that had always burned in my heart became so strong that I couldn’t ignore it any more.
3. Why did you choose Eve Kenin to be the name for your Shomi title, Driven?
I knew I definitely wanted to stick with my first name, Eve. I was worried that if I chose something else, I would be at a conference or a booksigning some day, and people would be addressing me by a name not my own and I’d stare at them blankly. Not a good thing.
With the first name decided, I looked at surnames. I wanted something short, something punchy, something that sounded action-adventurish. I thought about using my husband’s name (Henning), but it was too long, so I shortened it and gave it a harder sound with the “k” and decided to run with it. Ta-da! The birth of “Kenin”.
4. Is the demarcation line between your Eve Silver books and Driven merely defined in terms of genre? Or is it themes and voice as well?
My SHOMI editor actually once commented that if she didn’t know for certain that I had written all those books, she wouldn’t have thought they were by the same author. They are all very different reads.
The voice and themes for my historical gothics (DARK PRINCE, HIS DARK KISS, DARK DESIRES) are spooky, eerie, suspenseful, a little melodramatic and overwrought. They have to be. That’s what gothics are all about.
For my contemporary paranormals (DEMON’S KISS) the writing leans to dark and very sexy with a hint of mystery and suspense.
In contrast, DRIVEN is edgy, kick-butt, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, action-adventure with a dash of quirky humor.
Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find the common thread. Each book I write is, at its heart, a romance.
5. Did you have any specific inspiration for Driven?
DRIVEN bears absolutely no resemblance to this series, but Joss Whedon’s amazing FIREFLY was a huge inspiration. Something about his fascinating space-cowboy creation triggered thoughts of DRIVEN’s frozen wasteland. Also, as I was writing DRIVEN, I was getting into Anime and Manga (HELLSING, TRIGUN, FULL METAL PANIC), and I was seeing the value of a little shot of humor in even the darkest story. These elements combined to inspire parts of DRIVEN.
6. Do you think that lines like Shomi will attract newer, younger readers to romance?
I started reading romance when I was in my teens, and over the years, romance novels have offered me comfort when I’ve hit some rocky patches. I love the idea of a younger reader discovering these books and falling into a new and fascinating world. But I think the SHOMI books cross age and gender boundaries. I hope the line, and my books, attract new readers. Younger. Older. Those who have never tried romance but now might be willing to give it a try. I think the Manga-style covers of the SHOMI books might draw the eyes of the younger reader who is familiar with Anime and Manga. Perhaps a reader who likes comic books or graphic novels, and wonders what the SHOMI covers are all about.
Eve Silver‘s current release is Demon’s Kiss, to be followed by His Wicked Sins (August ’08) and Demon’s Hunger (TBA).
Writing as Eve Kenin, her current release is Driven, to be followed by Hidden (July ’08).
Eve is giving a copy of Demon’s Kiss to a lucky winner. If you’ve read both Driven and a Silver title, do you think what Eve’s editor said is true?