Friday 26 July 2019

Interview with Eva Pohler & Review of Gods Of Olympus

I am delighted to welcome Eva Pohler to the blog for both an interview and my review of her book - Gods Of Olympus. Here's a little about Eva:

Eva Pohler is a USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five novels in multiple genres, including mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fantasy based on Greek mythology. Whichever genre you prefer, you will always find an exciting adventure in Eva Pohler's books.

And onto the interview!

In your own writing, which character of yours do you relate to most?
Twenty years ago, when I wrote The Mystery Box, I would have said Yvette. But now I'm more like Ellen and her hilarious middle aged friends in The Mystery House Series. I describe that series as Nancy Drew meets The Golden Girls because it's about three friends who flip haunted houses and feel compelled to solve the mysteries surrounding them, to bring peace to the ghosts. So they go amateur sleuthing like the characters in Nancy Drew, but the themes and conflicts are more relatable to middle aged women.

Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?
I write in multiple genres because I read multiple genres. I'm really bad at choosing favorites.

If you had to describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Simple yet vibrant.

What was the first story you ever told?
The first one I remember telling was in response to a high school English assignment. We were told to write a folktale or legend, so I came up with a story explaining how the sun came to be in the sky. The Dungeons and Dragons group at our school asked if they could publish it in their newsletter. It was my first taste of being a writer with actual fans.

Was writing always your dream choice of career?
Yes. Always. For as long as I can recall.

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!
I now have two spaces, and both are in family rooms. I prefer writing at a laptop with my feet up. Sometimes I write in the living room at what everyone calls my chair. The living room is a centrally located pass-through space in our open floorplan. I chose this location when my kids were young because I wanted to keep an eye on everyone. Now that my kids are adults (and still living with me), I tend to hide out in the family den in my recliner.

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?
I don't listen to music as I write, but I probably would if someone made me a playlist and played it for me. If I did listen to music, it would be soundtracks from favorite musicals, like Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera. I often hum, though.

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?
Facebook, mainly for the writers' groups.

Where do you hang out most online?
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Do you have a favourite app for writing?
No. I just use Word.

Organised or not?
Very, though I may not look it.

What's your favourite book you've read?
As I mentioned before, I'm not good at choosing favorites. I love too many things. But, the book I usually mention when asked this question is Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver.

Morning or evening writer?
Day and evening.

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?

The sound of nearby footsteps in the grass startles you awake. You blink rapidly as your eyes adjust to the sunlight and you become aware of a formidable figure standing over you. He is wearing golden armor—a breast plate and knee guards, along with a sword sheathed at his hip. Beside the figure is a golden chariot and horses that seem plucked right out of a fairy tale. You blink again, but the formidable figure and his exotic chariot remain.

“Hello,” the figure says. “My name is [choose one]

You are the main character in this encounter with the Olympians. Throughout the narrative, you make choices that change the course of the story. Which god or goddess will Cupid make your love interest? You decide. Then, to prove you're worthy to become immortal, so that you can remain with your love interest, will you face Cerberus or the Hydra? Will you offer cakes or strike with the sword loaned to you by Athena? How will you steal a golden apple from the garden of the Hesperides, and who will help you through the Minotaur's labyrinth, and which god or goddess will comfort you if you fail?

My Review: 5 stars
I loved the choose your own adventure books as a kid, but could never get through the whole book because I kept choosing wrong! I loved this version of them, where you could go back easily and restart and make different choices. I played several versions, finding myself drawn to the story even when bedtime came around. I ended up playing through to the end and thoroughly enjoying myself! An amazing story and highly recommended to people who enjoy this kind of thing, and even those who don't, because you'll be surprised at how addictive it is!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Joey! Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your awesome blog! I'm truly grateful and absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed my adventure story!