Sunday, July 10, 2011

Interview with Misty Evans

Name of the book:

Soul Survivor, Lost Worlds Series, Book 1

Kindle Price:


Available from:
Amazon Kindle US, Amazon Kindle UK, Amazon Kindle DE (Germany), Nook, Carina Press

Authors Website:


Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent and Witches Anonymous series, as well as the new Lost Worlds series, featuring Soul Survivor, with Carina Press. Her debut novel, Operation Sheba, Super Agent Series Book 1, won the CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2008, a CAPA nomination in 2009, and the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010. Operation Sheba was the number one Kindle Romantic Suspense book and a Top 10 Kindle bestseller for over a month in 2010. I’d Rather Be In Paris, the second book in her Super Agent Series, was nominated for a 2009 CAPA for Best Romantic Suspense, and along with the third book in the series, Proof of Life, was a Top 100 Kindle Bestseller in 2010. Soul Survivor won the Utah RWA’s Great Beginnings Contest in 2010.

Misty is currently at work on the next books in all her series. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter at Like her author page on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

How would you describe your story/book?

In Soul Survivor, a powerful shamanic priestess cursed with immortality must convince a suspended FBI profiler he is her reincarnated soul mate—the enemy warrior she long ago killed in an effort to save her family. In order to do that, she must resurrect their erotic past of deadly secrets. However, when a killer targets them both, the two discover the only way to defeat their common enemy is to once again turn against each other.

What will readers like about your book?

Readers will find suspense, humor, and romance in my story. There’s the idea of soul mates, reincarnation, immortality and what family means to each of us…how far we’re willing to go to save them. There’s also a truly evil antagonist. Mwahaha.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I wrote the kitchen scene where Keva tries to convince Rife he’s her reincarnated soul mate for a contest. I didn’t win that one, but the scene and the characters wouldn’t leave me alone. Keva even showed up in a dream I had and I never dream about my characters, so that weirded me out. Eventually, the first chapter went on to win the Great Beginnings Contest and I sold the story to Carina Press a few months later.

When did you start writing?

When I was in 4th grade, I won second place in an essay contest, writing about my dad. My essay appeared in the local paper, and once I saw my name and my essay in print, I started writing all kinds of stories.

When did you realize that you were a serious writer?

After 9/11. I’d submitted nonfiction articles to a parenting magazine and a few were printed, but after 9/11, I got serious about writing fiction. The CIA and the fight against terrorism inspired my first series.

When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?

I always wanted to write a book—not just one, but dozens. I have way more stories in my head than I can ever get down on paper!

What is your writing process?

I write every morning, usually 4-5 days a week. Afternoons are for promo, catching up on fan email, writing lessons for my online classes, etc.

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

Depends on which series I’m working on. A Super Agent book usually takes 4-5 months. They’re full length novels and require a good deal of research. A Witches Anonymous story takes 2-3 weeks, since they’re novellas and require more imagination than factual research. A Lost Worlds book takes 3-4 months. These stories are around 50 to 55k and do require some research.

Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?

Two of my publishers are digital-first publishers and that was one of the reasons I went with them. Digital books are a welcome addition to many readers’ collections and I’ve known this was going to be a huge market for me since the first Kindle was introduced. Now I’m also an indie author and love the freedom I have to reach even more readers.

What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?

All the things I’ve learned over the past ten years would fill a book. LOL. My best advice would be to know yourself and what you want out of becoming a published author. Do you homework and make your own path. The publishing world is changing rapidly and it’s crucial you stay up-to-date and informed, so you don’t give away rights you shouldn’t or don’t understand how each avenue works. Talk to other published authors, ask questions and then once you have all the facts, be true to your vision and make your own decision based on what’s right for you.

Look For These Titles by Misty Evans:

If you like Romantic Suspense…
Operation Sheba, Super Agent Series, Book 1
I’d Rather Be In Paris, Super Agent Series, Book 2
Proof of Life, Super Agent Series, Book 3

If you like Dark Paranormal Romance…

Soul Survivor (June, 2011)
Sweet Demon, Entangled Anthology (October 2011)
Revenge is Sweet, Kali Sweet Series, Book 1 (Fall 2011)

If you like Light Paranormal Romance…
The Devil & Venus di Milo (Witches Anonymous prequel)
Witches Anonymous, A Tickle My Fantasy Story
Jingle Hells, Witches Anonymous, Step 2
Wicked Souls, Witches Anonymous, Step 3
Dark Moon Lilith, Witches Anonymous, Step 4 (Summer 2011)

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