Welcome readers! Today we have an interview with Erica Stevens, author of the Captive series. As Unbound (the seventh release) has just recently gone live, I bring you this little insight into the series thus far, and maybe some hints at what's next. Erica, you are very kind to take the time with us to answer these questions. Thank you.
Q: What inspired you to write the captive series?
A: Before I started publishing, when I would get stuck on one story, I would jump to another. I was working on Ravenous at the time the idea for Captured hit me.
When I got stuck on Ravenous, I jumped over to start Captured. I wrote the first two books in each series while working back and forth between them.
Q: Are any of you characters based on people you know?
A: Not so much in The Captive Series but in some other series there are a few characters who are very loosely based on people I know.
Q: When writing Broken, did you ever wish you could change the ending for Atticus and Genny?
A: Every single day. I still wish it.
Q: Which of your vampire series do you like best, and why?
A: If this is just for my Erica penname I'd have to go with The Captive Series because the world is so different and I love dystopian/apocalyptic stories.
Plus I love Aria and Braith's love story and Broken was the hardest book I've written so far. It was good to do something so different and out of my comfort zone.
Q: Why did you have to kill Aria's dad?
A: Their world isn't a happy world. It's not one where everything works out perfectly, and though I cried throughout that whole scene, I'd always known his end.
Q: Do you intend to write an elaborated back story of Melinda and Ashby?
A: Ashby and Melinda get more time in Unbound, but that will be the extent of their story.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: What spare time? :) I like to read when I can, go to the gym and on walks. Hang out with friends and family. I love to get away with my husband, he can always make me laugh even on the worst of days.
We're in the process of having a barn built and I'll be getting a horse again soon. I'm hoping to be able to ride and just be around horses again.
Q: What are some of your favorite books to read from other authors?
A: I'm a BIG horror fan and Dean Koontz is my favorite.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be?
A: Don't give up and hang on!
Q: What is the purpose of having two pen names?
A: I wanted to keep my adult books separated from my YA books. There are times I regret doing it and other times when it is really helpful.
Q: There is a theory that the “Queen” must be the progeny of Genny and Atticus. Hypothetically, if this were true, then how would that be possible?
A: That's one I haven't heard before! I guess maybe if there were witches somehow brought into the book and some magic. Now I'm giving myself ideas! ;)
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