Leerene Evans

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Growing up in a small town outside of Richmond, VA, I would make multiple trips to the library, bringing home ten to fifteen books in one visit. It didn’t take long for me to put pen to paper and start writing down the characters in my mind. Short stories were written for friends in high school. In college, longer stories were posted online for review. During the summer of 2011, I began working on my first book.

It started with a dream…Actually, it started over ice cream with my college roommate. I had the image of Nikolas, a polar shifter and a warrior. I just needed a story for him. My roommate and I talked for a few hours, building a character around him. During the course of that conversation, Rianne and Dorin were born. From there, I began to create the world of Laurasia and Gondwanaland, a world once parallel to our own before time, and Hunters, closed the gap. The idea of Merlin’s journal came later, during a conversation with our third roommate. A year and a half after chatting over ice cream, The Journal Keeper was finished and I was sending it off to Siren-BookStrand Publishing.

I’d love to hear what you thought of it! Feel free to email me at [email protected], visit my website at www.leerene-evans.com, or find my page on Facebook.

Q: How do you come up with your ideas?

A: It usually starts with a scene or a specific character, like Nikolas. From there, I start building the story.


Q: How do you prepare for a writing session?

A: Soda is a must! I have a huge cup that I fill almost to the brim. The curtains have to be up to let the sun in. Sometimes I’ll play a little bit of music (always country). When the itch starts, I just sit down and start pounding on the keys.


Q: Who are your favorite authors?

A: I’m very picky about the authors I read as I often find myself critiquing them as I read. My absolute favorite author is Sophie Oak, though I do enjoy Tymber Dalton (and her various pennames). Others include Cherise Sinclair and Qwilla Rain. Outside of erotica, I read Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Shelly Laurenston, though all three write romance.


Q: Other than writing and reading, what are some of your favorite things to do?

A: I like to go camping and hiking. I walk with my beagle-hound mix, Puddin’, almost every day. I love to cook, trying new recipes that I find online. Other than that, I enjoy just chilling in the living room, watching TV with the family or friends.


Q: What’s your favorite time of day to write?

A: Usually I write whenever my fingers start twitching for the keyboard, but I try to write from late afternoon on. From there, it’s just a matter of when the words start blurring before my eyes.


Q: How do you know when a book is finished?

A: I struggle the most with starting and finishing a book. It’s hard to explain when a book feels finished and sometimes, the feeling never comes. I end up just having to accept that the book needs to end and writing the best ending possible.

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