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What inspired the Gods of Chaos series?
The first book, Devil Did Grin, has often been compared to Beauty and the Beast. I guess I can kind of see it, but not until someone pointed it out to me.
I was sitting on the couch one day, staring blankly at the television, and I hear something about, “reign of chaos.” Then I went off into this internal tangent about chaos and karma. Wouldn’t it be funny if people really did get a dose of their own medicine or were somehow punished accordingly depending on their sins?
From there, I started picturing Karma as a physical being. Oh, but wouldn’t it be great if Karma was actually a cute, mischievous, gay man? But, wait, wait! What if there was more than one? And they each had jurisdiction over specific infractions? Yes! And what if they had infinite power to cause all kinds of hilarious mayhem? Double yes! “That would be brilliant, poppet,” my muse says to me.
And, thus, the Gods of Chaos were born.
Are there a lot of paranormal ties in this series?
Not really so far, other than the fact that the Gods of Chaos really are gods. In The Devil Makes Three, Tucker Ford is a vampire, but he’s the first paranormal I’ve had in the series so far. There may be some werewolves later on in the series, but mostly it’s just average, everyday working men.
How many books do you plan for this series?
Right now, I have 18 books planned. 9 for my sinners and 9 for my meddlesome gods.
Since your characters suffer from one of the seven deadly sins, which deadly sin would you say you have?
Actually, there are 9 different sins in this series: Pride, Lust, Idleness (Sloth), Greed, Wrath, Envy, Gluttony, Deception, and Cruelty.
Hmmm, wow… let’s see. I think everyone is guilty of envy, even in small doses, at some point. I don’t consider myself overly prideful, lustful, greedy, or cruel. I do have a temper, but I’m not sure it qualifies for wrath. I do tend to overindulge when it comes to Famous Dave’s BBQ, however.
So, yes, I’ll go with Envy and Gluttony.
Which sin will be featured next?
Benson Stone will be next, and he suffers from an acute case of envy. He was first introduced in the second book, Dance with the Devil and is the owner of the Silverstone cattle ranch.
Do you plot your books out or write at the seat of your pants?
Usually, I just sit down, put my fingers on the keyboard, and see what happens. It’s more fun for me that way, because it’s almost like I’m living the story. If I run into a roadblock, write myself into a circle or a corner, or have a particularly difficult problem to solve, I might plot a solution, but I’m still not exactly sure how I’ll get there.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
That I get to wake up every day and know that I’m doing a job I love. There are so many things I like about being a writer. Mostly, for that time while I’m sitting at my computer and lost in my stories, I get to be someone totally new. I get to visit places that I’ve never been. I get to let my imagination run wild with the possibilities of “what if?” It’s a truly amazing thing.
What is an average day like for you?
My schedule changes from day to day. On an easy day, I wake up, check my Facebook, email, and whatnot. Then I write, with interruptions only for things like laundry, cooking, or helping the kids with homework.
Other days, it could be a million and one things. Tutoring for my youngest. Soccer practice for my oldest. A run to the post office, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, and cooking. There are edits to do, cover requests to complete, blurbs to write, website and blog to update, and emails to answer. Then I can finally start writing and will usually be up half the night with my muse yammering away inside my head.
What books are on your keeper shelf?
Too many to name! I have over 700 paperback/hardback books on my shelves and probably near 3000 on my kindle/computer. And each one of them is precious to me. Right now, however, I’m rereading the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost for the umpteenth time, so I’d have to say that those are definitely keepers!
What was your inspiration to become a published author?
I’ve always loved to write. I published a book of poetry when I was 15, wrote for the school newspaper, and won 3 different awards and the ESA scholarship in high school for essays I wrote. I’d always wanted to write a novel, but between lack of time and my own insecurities, it just never happened.
I also love to read, and I devour books at an alarming rate. The more I read, the more my imagination churned with ideas of my own, until finally one day, I just made myself sit down and write. It took me almost six months to finish my first book, but it was well worth it.
If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things could you not live without?
Coffee. A good book. And lipgloss—hey, gotta look good when I’m rescued!
Where can we find you on the web?
My website: www.gabrielleevans.com
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