E.J. Stevens is the author of the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult paranormal romance series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the award-winning IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.
When E.J. isn't at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.
Upcoming release (as asked in question #2)
Hound's Bite (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #5) by E.J. Stevens
Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.
Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Most recent book release
Birthright (Ivy Granger #4) by E.J. Stevens
Being a faerie princess isn't all it's cracked up to be...
Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn—Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.
Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father—and possible salvation.
Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn't so bad after all...
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Audiobook Release: May 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Birthright made the Top 5 Book Covers of 2015 list at Hot Listens and is a finalist for Best Book in the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards.
QM: When did you realize you wanted to write?
EJ: I have been writing and sharing spooky stories since elementary school. I started writing professionally in 2009, and since then have published 14 works of speculative fiction, including the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. I have always had a passion for writing, and I plan to continue publishing for many years to come.
QM: When will your next book be out and what can you tell us about it?
EJ: My next book release is Hound's Bite coming July 12, 2016. Hound's Bite is the fifth full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series, and takes place after the events of Birthright. Hound's Bite begins with Ivy, Torn, and Ceff arriving in Harborsmouth to the baying of supernatural hounds, and the horrific realization that something very old and powerful has followed them from Faerie into the human world. They now have a responsibility to save the city, and its human population from the hounds and riders of the Wild Hunt.
QM: How did you come to specialize in urban fantasy, if that is the correct designation?
EJ: My earlier young adult paranormal series, the Spirit Guide series, was well received, but as the series neared its end, I felt compelled to push myself outside my comfort zone. Ivy Granger, and the spin-off Hunters' Guild series, forced me to write in a world that was darker, grittier, and much more complex. Joss Whedon once said that writing what has become comfortable and familiar is a quick way to become old and obsolete. I agree, and have grown greatly from my work on my urban fantasy series. I continue to push myself—I have a new series, the Dark Arcana series, out in 2016—and I will continue to specialize in urban fantasy as long as it provides both enjoyment and challenges.
QM: Do you have a favorite character from any of your works?
EJ: At the moment, my favorite character is Forneus, a demon attorney with an unhealthy interest in Ivy's best friend and business partner, Jinx. Forneus is an aggravating, self centered, soul stealing demon, but I fell in love with his character as the series progressed. We get a glimpse of the man's good side in he Ivy Granger novella Club Nexus. Club Nexus is a collection of four interwoven short stories, Iced, Dusted, Demonized, and Jinxed. In Demonized, I had the pleasure of telling the story from Forneus' point of view. I hope to write another story from the demon's POV again in the future. He is an intriguing blend of charming and wicked, and though he isn't quick to care about anyone but himself, he does develop feelings toward Jinx. His actions when her life is threatened speak louder than any of his endless threats and flirtations.
QM: For fans who would like to meet you or get a signed copy of one of your books, where will they have the next opportunity?
EJ: My next event is Boskone at the Westin Boston Waterfront February 19-21. I will also be signing in Atlanta April 6-10, in Dublin Ireland May 31, in Manchester, NH July 21-24, and at the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville October 7-9.
QM: Whose work do you most enjoy reading?
EJ: I'm a bookaholic and read over 200 books each year. With so many wonderful books it's hard to select only one author's work, but I am currently enjoying reading the Mercedes Thompson books by Patricia Briggs and the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.
QM: Do you see any particular advantage/disadvantage to being an author in New England?
EJ: Our long, harsh winters help to keep me indoors and at my writing desk.
QM: Just one word of advice for aspiring authors?
EJ: Make time to write every day. It's a habit that will help you stick to deadlines, and the practice will make you a better writer.
QM: What frightens you most about the future?
EJ: I'm always worried when I begin writing a new book. There is something terrifying about facing that blank page, no matter how many books I've published. The trick is not to become consumed by pressure and self doubt. I have high hopes for the future, but I'll get there by tackling each goal, and each dreaded blank page, one day at a time.