At the moment I’m probably sitting in the car on my five hour drive back from new city to current city, exhausted. So, this post is one of my queued darlings, and I hope you guys enjoy. I’m so thrilled to have one of my fave folks on the blog today for interviews. This gal has been such a supporter of my stuff from Day 1. She’s funny and kind, and writes great books, one of which is talked about in this interview that I’m so amped to read in the very near future.
Please give a warm welcome to S. Usher Evans!
PS: THERE’S A GIVEAWAY.
The Chasm is the second book in the Madion War Trilogy. In Book 1, a prince and a pilot from warring nations end up marooned on an island together in the middle of no where. He, being a prince, is kind of useless, and she, being a pilot, is not, but she has two broken legs so they have no choice but to work together to survive. One thing leads to another, and they fall in love…until, of course, that fifty year war rears its ugly head and complicates everything.
The complications are the big part of Book 2 – The Chasm. Theo (the pilot) finds herself in the spotlight of her president’s political machinations and Galian (the prince) is back in his home country, but struggles to do the things he promised Theo. Lots of angst, lots of staring at the horizon, wondering what the other person is doing, and lots of twists and turns.
I was driving home from grocery shopping and a song came on that said “I dare you to kiss me with everyone watching.” I had this vision of two people in the spotlight and unable to be together. That, plus a binge of the arrow, was the concept that grew in my head. I went home and just started writing the scene where they first meet.
Second books in series are hard because you are trying to do two things—convince readers of Book 1 to buy Book 2 and convince non-readers to pick up Book 1. It’s a tricky balance, and I’ve not yet been able to do it effectively.
Generally, I shy away from these questions because the realist in me says that if a movie deal were to come about, today’s stars would be fifteen years older. But I’d love to cast a Bollywood actress as Theo, and any of your fresh-faced ingenue boy-stars for Galian.
This year’s been difficult reading-wise because I’ve been writing so much. But I did find an awesome, keep-me-up-until-3am series in Tracey Martin’s Miss Misery series. It’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s a wild ride. Plus a love triangle I can definitely get behind (and I hate love triangles).
Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he’s adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media’s glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it’s possible to make a difference.
Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave’s presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she’s not sure she can stomach the lies.
The Chasm is S. Usher Evans’ breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is “not to be missed.”
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series, Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
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