I can count on one hand the amount of authors that will have me clear my schedule and go spiraling into that ‘the world does not exist until I close the back page’ mode, Ms Katy Evans is in the top three. I’m not ashamed to admit right here and right now, the way the crowd screams for Remington … that’s me for Ms Katy Evans (but only in my head). The fangirl screams are loud and I certainly wouldn’t say the inappropriate things her characters say to Mr Tate but I will certainly champion her writing with the same fierceness. Ms Evan’s challenges stereotypes in Real, writes compelling and unconventional love stories and has allowed us to fall head over heels for a manwhore. It is with the utmost pleasure that I present to you my Five Minutes With … Katy Evans.
Katy, such a pleasure to have you here, can you tell us about your writing process.
Thanks so much for having me over, Karen. My writing process…well let’s see. George R.R. Martin has said that there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners, and I love this comparison. I’ve always known that I’m a gardener. I don’t plan my books ahead, I just let them come to me. I write very organically and it’s a process of discovery for me. I always start with my characters, one or both, and somehow sense that they need something very badly. That’s when I start the digging process and sit down to dig up scene after scene, getting them to unravel before me, and that’s when the story starts flowing. Sometimes I err and dig up a scene that I won’t use in the book at all, but it helps me understand something about the story, the background, or one of the characters. Other times, I hardly waste any scenes and the story is discovered perfectly and in order. It just depends also on what my real life is doing at the moment, how many interruptions I get.
Do you have any fighting or MMA experience for the lead up to writing Remy’s books?
No, I’m more of a boxer myself and so is my son. So although Real became an MMA book, it truly began out of my love for the sport of boxing, which is also Remy’s true love in sports – he always dreamed of going back to that if he had the chance.
What do you hope your readers will remember your writing for?
I hope that my readers enjoy the powerful connections between my hero and heroines–which are always so deep and palpable through the pages. That kind of love is magical and priceless and that’s mostly what I try to capture every time, the feeling of connecting with someone so viscerally it can’t be helped. :d
What’s it like to have big authors like Sylvia Day speak so highly of your work?
Oh, I can’t even tell you what an honor it is to share my work with her and how amazing it felt to meet and email with her. It’s truly humbling that someone you admire and respect so much enjoy your work and take the time to praise it. I am a truly humble writer; to be honest I never feel like I am able to do my characters justice. If I failed to connect with the readers, I blame it on myself, not on my characters. I feel blessed to have the sensitivity to maybe connect with a wonderful creative source but all the flaws that come out of the process are absolutely mine alone. I’m continually in a learning process, but though perfection is impossible, all I can hope for is connection – I usually think that if I’m feeling the power in the story, my readers will too. And the feels are so much what it’s all about for me.
How do you cope with writer’s block – if you have it?
I do have it. I get it usually when I’ve been interrupted in my writing process and therefore the critical side of my brain has time to think about what I’m doing and starts throwing dirt at everything. That’s when I really need to defend my creative side. Usually having a good support group – your family, your friends, author friends, your readers – this really helps get you through. Believe it or not sometimes when I’m struck, I’m so debilitated, torn that I just can’t grasp the essence of my story which is RIGHT THERE for me to grasp and I’m just not getting it right, sometimes I read a kind letter from a reader or a review they left, and it really gives you the strength to push through those moments when you think its all lost. Tip: IT’S NEVER LOST. Ever. You just push through and then hit the right spot in the garden you’re digging in and suddenly there’s your mystery solved.
What’s a little known fact about you that you’d like to share?
Well, let’s see. My husband and kids say that I’m a little stick of dynamite because I always spark up easily and it’s always all or nothing with me. You’re either all in, 100% consumed by the project, or just not doing it at all. I don’t like half measures and I apply it to everything in my life. Health regimens, exercise, work. So when I’m working, I AM WORKING. When I’m on a diet, I AM ON A DIET. It’s a good thing that they find it funny and amusing because I really can’t change this aspect of mine even though I’ve tried for a better balance for my 38 years of life, I continue to be all or nothing in.