I’m so excited to have S. Usher Evans here today to talk about how she finally started writing her ideas down. She also talks about Razia, which is her series about a space pirate. Since she didn’t mention it, I also want to make sure you know about Empath, a fantasy novel.
Lauren Dailey is in break-up hell.
Stuck between moving on and letting go, she puts on a brave face while crying herself to sleep at night. But when a mysterious voice promises escape from her sadness, she is suddenly transported to a new world. And in this place, the slightest touch pulls her out of her tortured emotions into the mind of another - an empath.
The villagers - sweet Aerona and her mischievous twins, wise Siors, and hunky Cefin - welcome her and the blessings her empath powers bring. But this world is not without its dangers. The Anghenfil, a fire-breathing monster, has haunted the village for decades, and has a taste for empaths. And that mysterious voice promising escape from sadness? It's sounding more like a whisper tinged with smoke and embers.
Can Lauren keep the monsters in the mountain and in her head at bay? Or will she succumb to the darkness like the empath before her...
S. Usher Evans
Thanks so much to Emily for letting me hang out today! I’m so excited to talk about something that I’ve been wrestling with for a few weeks now – the idea of finally putting pen to paper when you’ve been dreaming about it for decades.
My true “novel writing” career began around aged eleven, thanks to some awful middle school bullying and such, I began to disappear into my headspace as a coping mechanism. During the three years at Gulf Breeze Middle, I wrote something like ten different series, all terrible and 90% dialogue. But those characters stuck with me and became my closest friends.
Razia, my space opera series, was the last kid to the party, showing up in 2001. I probably wrote and rewrote Double Life eight or nine times between 2001 until 2007, when I graduated college and became an “Adult.” Even though I stuck all my creative stuff on the back burner, sometimes I’d listen to songs that would kickstart the creative process. A lot of those scenes were in Razia books 3 and 4, which I never actually thought I’d ever get to. After all, it was fantasy that I’d ever get Double Life published, why worry about the third and fourth books?
Fast forward to 2015, and I’d just wrapped up the second Razia book. Now faced with actually having to complete the series, I was writing those scenes that had been stuck up in my head for fourteen years. What I learned while drafting was that when I’m in the thick of drafting a book, I don’t actually focus on the “I’m writing that scene!” I’m usually focused on, “How do I connect this scene with that scene and keep to the theme of the book?” The second thing is that while the purpose of those scenes remain the same, the words never do. And usually, that’s a good thing.
I’ve just published the third book and finished work on the fourth. Now, there’s a new problem: her journey is done. The fifth book in the series is actually a prequel, a look back on her life before most of the events in Double Life. I keep having to remind myself that there’s no more forward progress to her story (which may not seem like a big deal, but it is to me). It’s like sending a child off to college; they’ll come back, but it’s not the same.
I have plenty of other books to work on, and there’s still Book 5 and some more short stories to write. But there’s still a bittersweet sadness that I’ll never be drafting Razia again. She belongs to all of you now. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way after I finish writing all of those books from my childhood, especially the ones that were my only friends in middle school.
I’m gonna go cry in the corner now.
About the Author
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 Â“real jobÂ” 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.Â Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by SunÂ’s Golden Ray Publishing.
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Razia is in trouble. Captured by a fellow pirate, she now finds herself back on probation with a bounty worth zero credits. In the cold reality, she begins to question herself and everything she has been working towards all of her life–and what she’s willing to do to reclaim her glory.
Piracy is a game. What do you stand for?
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