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Thursday, March 1, 2012

(Blog Tour) Evershade by Alexia Purdy Interview+Review

A dark twist on Faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin- has her , joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.

The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are round every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted

Evershade was a slow starter for me. I was not entirely sure I would enjoy it actually which really saddened my given all of the great reviews I have noticed popping up on it.

Thankfully it picked up as I forced myself to continue on with it.

It becomes one of those tales that you find yourself glued to as you tune out your every day life in order to find out what happened to Shade.

I absolutely loved the cover. In fact that was what initially drew me to the story, it was an added bonus when I found out that it was a Fey story. Not everyone can pull of stories of the Fey, especially with all the folk tale and lore that surround them, I have read plenty a tale where they didn't stick with the Fey culture but used the Fey name all the same. Let me tell you that really irked me.

The action starts pretty soon in the book so you are not left wondering when things will pick up. But even from the beginning it is obvious that Shade isn't normal. Then again I know more then one person who has those little voices inside her head. ^-^ They just refuse to listen.

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Living in Las Vegas, NV! Trying to fit in the writing in between taking care of my four kids and working as an RN. I read more than I write but enjoy both extremely. I can only write while listening to music and late at night works best. Paranormal Urban fantasy and Poetry are my specialities and extreme loves! My debut novel Ever Shade: A Dark Faerie Tale Series will Launch Feb 29th, 2012 with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

1.Why write about fairy's?
I love fairy/faery/fae/fey folklore. It is expansive and can be found in almost any culture and background. It is diversified in a way that can be turned into so many different stories. It is almost like mythology. I love this kind of stuff, I have read many stories in this genre since I can remember. I highly reccommend delving into it, it isn't just princess fairy tales, there is the darker aspects of the folklore that can be just as scary as any horror story.

2. Did you have a sound track or specific songs you found yourself listening to more while writing?
Ever Shade definitely had a soundtrack. I listened to a lot of Evanescence, Smashing Pumpkins, Ingrid Michaelson, Linkin Park and a ton of contemperary classical/instrumental music. I need music to write, no other way to do it. I have to say my absolute favorite song for Ever Shade was Breathe No More by Evanescence

3. What does it feel like to be published?
It feels amazing. The blood, sweat and tears feel worth it, no better feeling. To have an awesome publisher to back you up, like Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly publishing tops the cake for sure, they rock!

4. How did you find the time to write and raise 4 kids while working as an RN?
I am quite sleep deprived. I write after they go to bed, I write during nap times, luckily the long hours at work mean I don't have to be there more than 2-3 days/week so that helps. I keep a notebook to write in when I can't have my computer. Make time, there is always no time so just make it.

5. If you were one of the fey would you be Seelie or Unseelie?
I would actually want to be Unseelie, they seem to have more fun at wrecking the place.

6. Which character did you find it hardest to write for? Which did you find easiest?
Hardest to write was definitely Shade, she is a mature teen but has vulnerabilities that sometimes I relate to and sometimes i don't. She is similar to me in ways and so many ways, she is not. Kind of hard to really pinpoint what it is. I found Soap easier to write than anyone, he was witty, funny, mysterious and somewhat, sinister. I love writing male characters, they seem to flow naturally for me. Go figure, I grew up with being the only girl and a severe tomboy. I also have 3 boys and one girl so it kind of goes on and on with dealing with the boys. Though my daughter is pretty easy going and incredibly girly, so not like me.

7. How did you come up with your title?
Actually I was brainstorming with my publisher about a new title to catch the eye of a reader. The book was previously self-published briefly and named Interim Blue. I did come up with tying the books together with a word or a phrase and "Ever" kept popping into my head. "A Dark Faerie Tale" seemed to be the real tie in too for the series. Shade of course was my main character. The title together seemed to explain what the theme of the series was very nicely.

8. What advice do you have for aspiring authors who suffer from writers block?
Writer's block is the devil!!! I highly suggest turning on some music, and just writing. Writing exercises can help lube up the wheels in your head and get it going. It doens't have to make sense or be serious. Just write. It also helps to take time off and re-evaluate where you want your story to go. I do sometimes write chapters out of order if I know that a certain scene is going to happen. This helps me weave it together by doing the part I do know first.

9. What was the scariest part of actually getting your book out there?
I definitely have to say, sometimes I am scared of what people out there will think of it. Does it suck? Is it boring? Do they think I'm whacked for writing about Faeries and magic? In the end you really have to suck it up, take the reviews with a grain of salt and just keep writing. You do get over the initial fear of putting your work out there.

10. Any last words you would like to leave with our readers?
Be Intense, it's the only way to live. And if you like intense, definitely check out all the books my publisher is putting out, these are amazingly original and as intense as it gets! Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing has it covered!

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