Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with “Today’s Tease” Bryce Evans
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Bryce Evans
Title of the book you are promoting: Perfect Reflection (Shifter Justice)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Menage
Welcome BE ….I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
BE: That is easy. I wanted to be a cop. I love investigating everything and figuring out who done it. That is probably why I write about law enforcement in my books. I like the mystery not knowing who did it or how they did it.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
BE: Well I have always dreamed about being a writer and never had the nerve until I started reading Jana Leigh’s books. I got to know her on Facebook and told her that I had always dreamed of writing. She was so funny she said “Oh yea, well send me a little something.” I thought what the hell do I have to loose. I will never see this woman and she doesn’t live near me so I wrote a brief little bit about a woman who is a werewolf but also much, much more. I sent it to her thinking I will never hear from this woman again. Funny because she sent me a contract the next day and told me to finish the book. I couldn’t believe it. I sat down and wrote and wrote until I finally finished the book. I sent it to her and that was my first book: The Trinity: The Ashland Pack. Who would have thunk it, but dreams do come true.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
BE: Thank God I was a published author. I so admire all of you who can do it all. I wouldn’t know where to start. I never would have followed my dream if Jana had not found me. Really all of the Indie writers are such great writers too. Even with a publisher it is still hard to get your book noticed. So I applaud the authors who can do that.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
BE: Well thank goodness I didn’t have to do that. Again I do applaud those Indie Authors. The struggle of doing it all is beyond me. You have to sell it, promote it, and live it everyday.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
BE: Hard question since there are so many I could name, but I would ask my mother to talk to me again. She has passed away and didn’t live to see this dream come true. I would tell her all that I have done so far then ask what she thought. I know my mother and she would have been thrilled and would have purchased all of my books. The questions I would ask are endless. So many unanswered questions of daily life and past questions of what she would have done or did. My mom was the glue and the rock that held my family together. She is truly missed everyday.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?
BE: Well I guess I’m just as guilty as anyone since I do put all of those in my books. I do ask you to be 18 years are older before you read my books, but we are our biggest problem. We want to teach our kids to do the right thing but then we allow them to watch TV where people our murdered, raped, and beat everyday. We try to watch what they watch but you can’t watch our children everyday. We have to pray that we do enough to help turn them into good people and one day great parents. I tell you, my kids love to play video games. Lord have you ever watched them. I think they have to be the worst. I used to watch a lot of TV but now I read. I never knew how much I loved it until now. I can loose myself inside the characters and dream of worlds that hold the sex and violence but it feels different to me when I read about it. It takes a lot of the sting out of it instead of watching it. I hope that makes since. But I do agree that we do watch too much TV instead of going outside playing with our kids.
LH: I’m a huge softie and by no means a beauty queen, but I truly would have world peace in the blink of an eye if I could. If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
BE: Peace on earth where everyone believes in Jesus. I really do believe that and pray for it everyday. I pray for those that are lost will be found. Now I’m very much a realist but I do pray for it. I pray that there is hope out there for the people who can’t go on and need help but has no where to find it.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
BE: Well I do believe that the cover is what gets you to read the prolog. I always look at the cover to get an understanding about what the book is about. So only in opinion from a reader’s point of view, yes I do think the cover is an important part of the consumer buying your product. I also believe if you are a successful writer and have already got a great following your name alone can get people to read your book. I believe that is every author’s wish.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
BE: Yes I have always wanted to write and I did write little things here and there when the mood struck me. However, only later in life did that dream come true. I know that this saying so funny, but it is true that dreams never die.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
BE: I really have to say the romance of it gets me more then anything. I’m a sucker for love and trying to get together with the characters. Maybe every woman’s fantasy.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
BE: Ill be honest most of the time I’m in my car alone driving down the road and a certain song can come on and it is strange but a character and a plot forms in my head. I’m a people watcher and I think about certain people and then think about them in real life or in a place with werewolves and vampires exist then I put the story into everyday life. Just about anything can bring a story into my head. In my real job I see a lot of heartache and bad people so even though I put those types of people in my books, they always come out on top. I know that’s not real life, but that’s why it’s my story and in my book I can do anything.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
BE: I’m always working on something. At the moment I’m writing book 2 of the Trinity series. Mace and Lexy: The Ashland Pack should be finished soon. Then I will be writing #2 in the Once Forgotten Twice Loved series. I love series if you haven’t noticed. I have a strictly romance mystery book in my head and it keeps coming up when I’m in the shower or driving down the road so it looks like it wants it’s due and I think I need to give it to them.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year. How many books have you written? How many have been published?
BE: I have written three books and published all three. I co-authored my latest with Jana Leigh. Lord the woman can write a mean bad guy. I love Jana to death and she gave me my chance. The name of that book is “Perfect Reflection.”
LH: I write for fun. Do you write for fun or money?
BE: Well I love it and I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun for me. Hey life is hard enough and I already have a stressful job so I do this for fun, but I do like the money too and I watch to see what is selling. Lets be honest if it’s not selling then what is the use if nobody reads my stories. So I would have to say I do this for both.
LH: I have never experienced it. I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
BE: Yes I have, but I read this book that helped me so much with writers block. It is called “Tell Don’t Show” by James Lofquist. The book was great for me and helped me so much. I can’t recommend this book more even if it isn’t mine. James is an author and teacher and came up with this technique. So if you have problems with writers block then read this short book. It is straight to the point without all the junk in between book. I truly recommend it. I wish I could get in touch with the name just to let him know how much he has helped my writing.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advise for new writers?”… Do you?
BE: Yes, and I quote the book “Pooh’s Grand Adventure, The search for Christopher Robin.”
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” It stuck with me and I think it fits when giving advice to people no matter what you are trying to achieve in life. You have to believe you can do it, and know that you are stronger than you think, and a lot smarter then you give yourself credit for. So follow your dreams and when they try to knock you off, get back up and dust yourself off and keep trying. Even when you get those bad reviews and you will trust me. But if it is your dream then follow that advise and you should do just fine.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did…If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
BE: Well I wasted some of my life day dreaming saying tomorrow I will do that and never did, but it has lead me to this part in my life and I think I will keep it. I’m happy and I love my husband and children so no I wouldn’t change it. I did jump out of an airplane one time and I thought my life was ending, but hey that is another story. LOL
Now…For the Fun Stuff 😉
Favorite Beverage? Diet FREAKING COKE, THEY WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath
Favorite Color? Blue
Sports or Chocolate? Sports woman, what else is there.
Dogs or Cats? Well I thought I would never have a cat now I have 2 but I do love dogs. Cats I guess.
Favorite Food? Mexican
Favorite Song? Too many to name but I’m an eighties girl so I love all that type of music and country.
Favorite Movie? Well you may laugh but every time the damn movie comes on I watch it. “Jaws” but I love Pretty Woman too so what does that say about me.
Favorite Car? SUV that has three seats and can carry my crew around.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉
Hands down it is SEX. I could go forever without eating chocolate but not sex. Got to have it and I do love to write it.
If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go and who would you take?
BE: To a beach that has the clearest water and I would take my I pad and my husband. LOL
Thank you so much for spending time with us today and make sure get your copy of :
Perfect Reflection (Shifter Justice)