Monday, 7 December 2015

#Harper XMas - Q&A With Eve Devon *Christmas Style*

1. Can you tell us a little about the story of your book The Love List?

Workaholic Nora King eats, sleeps, and breathes the family business and after the death of her father it’s easier for her
 to think that work will protect her from the numbness of

Enter sexy, laid-back Ethan Love, a man who understands loss because of his job as a disaster relief/aid worker. He’s in
 town to ask Nora for a very special favour and soon his
 charm and perception is crashing through all of Nora’s
 barriers, dragging her out of her self-imposed state of
 suspended animation, and making her want to put him
 on her ‘To Do’ list!

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2. What was your inspiration for the book?

When Jared King, the hero in the first Kings of London book (Her Best Laid Plans), finally admitted to me he’d walked away from his birthright at twenty-one, I knew his actions had to have impacted on his two sisters, Nora and Sephy. It’s been so much fun writing about the fallout for them and also making sure they got their own HEA, too!

I love writing about family dynamics. With Jared, Nora and Sephy I was inspired by how a life-changing decision made by the eldest ‘responsible’ child then alters the stereo-typical role of the middle ‘peacemaker’ child Nora and the youngest ‘rebel’ child Sephy. Look out for Sephy’s story coming very soon!

3. Another story you wrote is called Her Best Laid Plans, what is it about?

Her Best Laid Plans is about Nora’s big brother, the ex bad-boy turned businessman Jared King who returns to London after ten years to help save the family business. He brings his best friend’s sister, the very sassy Amanda Gray, with him to act as his PA (and help him reconnect with his family).

4. Imagine The Love List would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

Ooh, I love casting my characters. I have to admit I imagined Nora King looking a lot like actress, Leslie Coutterand and Ethan Love looking a lot like actor, Chris Hemsworth!

5. How about The Waiting Game, what is behind that story?

The Waiting Game is a romantic suspense about Cameron Dexter, a security specialist determined to make up for a terrible mistake on the job, and Brooke Bennet who ten years before survived a madman who stalked her, kidnapped her and tattooed her. It’s about scars—both visible and invisible, and the courage it takes to live with them. I’ve been told I write really good villains, so if you like your suspense with a side-helping of psychological thriller, then The Waiting Game is for you.

Look out for my next suspense Heart of Steel coming June 2016.

6. What does Christmas mean to you?


7. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?

Huge family Christmas dinner for twelve…opening the dining room doors so that everyone could sit down to the first course and discovering our neighbour’s dog sitting under the table…finishing off the ham and melon it had swiped off of everyone’s plates!

8. Do you have a special Christmas tradition?

There’s always one afternoon in the lead up to Christmas where the perfect romantic Christmas film comes on the TV and I grab the special Christmas Apron (it‘s red!) and spend a fab afternoon making mince pies with the TV on in the background.

9. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Prepare yourself: It’s Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull! I love the...bells! And the flute/recorder! And the melody! And the cheesiness :)

10. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Die Hard! What? It’s totally a Christmas movie. It’s set at Christmas and everything!

11. Who would you want to meet under mistletoe?

My hubby.

12. Your favourite Christmas book?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

13. When do you start your Christmas shopping?

We have a strict rule in our house that there’s no Christmas shopping until after Hubby’s birthday at the end of November. Of course, I may, on occasion, exchange money for items that I then wrap in Christmas paper, but this is definitely not classed as Christmas shopping—it’s more just ‘shopping’!

14. Pick three authors you want to have dinner with and tell us why.

Ooh, this is a FAB question. Let’s see: Nora Roberts for the romance. Agatha Christie for the suspense. And J.K. Rowling to lend some Hogwart magic to the table.

15. Did you always dream of being a writer?

When I was a child I’d write down all my adventures, and when my adventures didn’t seem appropriately adventurous I would then add in lots of drama, suspense and a little ‘saving the world’. And as I got older I wrote journals, plays, poetry and stories. But I never considered writing for publication until my thirties, when some sort of planetary-alignment thing must have occurred, because, suddenly I was thinking—why not?! 

16. What do you enjoy most about writing?
It’s incredibly rewarding to be able bring to life the characters that are in your head and share their journey with readers.

17. Christmas Eve vs Christmas Day?

I love both, although Christmas Eve invariably means running around finishing the cleaning I promised myself I was going to finish the day before. And there’s always the 1am slot on Christmas morning where the Christmas Eve alcohol I’ve consumed helps my maths no-end as I suddenly remember to do a list of timings for Christmas lunch.

18. Favourite things to eat at Christmas?

Canapés/Party Food! I like to think of them as their own food group!

19. Your favourite Christmas gift?

Books, books, books, books. It’s just not Christmas if I don’t get to give books as presents or unwrap books that have been given to me.

Author Bio:
My name’s Eve Devon and I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters..!

I kind of secretly believe it’s not too late for me to train as a professional dancer, MMA expert, or win an Oscar. I know! This is why writing fiction is for me!

Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me quite the taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!

When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucketload, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!

You can find out more about me here:

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