1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Hi, my name is Eve Langlais and I am a Canadian writer currently residing in our nation’s capital, Ottawa. I’ve been writing since 2009, and published since 2010. Initially, I began my career writing for four small e-presses, but have since then moved on to self-publishing, as well as signing a deal with St. Martin’s Press. I’ve had several of my indie titles hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, which was really exciting.
2. What kind of books do you write?
I am a romance writer, who tends to flip between science fiction romance and paranormal. I love to let my imagination go wild and have a blast creating new worlds and rules for my creations. Readers often comment (and giggle) because of my heavy use of humour and sarcasm in my stories. I love a little laughter, or in some cases a lot lol, with my romance.
3. Is writing your full time job?
I am a full time writer at this point in my career, working anywhere from 60 plus hours, 7 days a week, but I love it.
4. What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?
When I was a kid, I loved to scribble down stories. I excelled in my creative writing class and had dreams of writing something epic. Then real life interfered for 20 years lol. But, I think that break gave me the life experiences I needed to make my stories believable – and hot.
5. How did you get started writing romance novels?
I began writing on a dare from my husband. It happened just after Christmas in 2009. In my mid thirties, a mom of three, and working from home as customer service rep and webmistress, I turned a lot to books for entertainment. I was a happily ever after junkie, and I was tired of reading stories that went in directions I hated. My husband dared me to do better and I hate it when he wins. Needless to say, more than 100 books later, he’s very proud of himself for challenging me.
6. What is your approach to writing?
When it comes to writing, I am a pantster. I don’t outline and tend to let the characters tell me where the story is going, although I do have notes about my characters and the world scattered all over my desk. It’s a fun way of writing because they take me in directions I never expected.
7. What is a typical writing day like for you?
I am very structured when it comes to sitting down and getting words written. I write Monday to Friday starting from just after 8am until at least 11 am or noon. If I’ve not hit my word count goal of the day, then I write again after lunch. My weekly goals are usually to get 15-25K words written. I’m very regimented in that respect lol.
8. Where do you get your ideas?
Anything and everything can influence my brain lol. While I prefer pure silence when writing, if I’m in the car and hear Styx Mr. Roboto, I totally want to go home and write cyborgs. Seeing animals on television, especially silly ones, makes me want to write shifters. It doesn’t take much to fire my imagination.
For me it’s the odd things that will strike me and make me go what if… For example, my idea for When An Alpha Purrs came about after a haircut. For some reason the oddest idea popped in my head. I wondered what would happen if a hairdresser cut a lion’s mane? Because in my world, lions are so vain, lol.
9. What do you like to read?
My first author crush was Stephen King. I gobbled up his early work like a starving reader, and then I discovered Johanna Lindsay and went on a romance reading rampage. She was the one who made me discover Science Fiction romance with Warrior’s Woman.
My dear friend Darynda Jones writes with amazing humor. The team of Ilona Andrews are autobuys for me as well because they have taken their world building to such a fantastic level.
If I’m looking for great urban fantasy, I go to Jim Butcher. Mystery is Tess Gerritsen. Hot hunks written by someone else, Laurann Dohner.
10. Where do you see yourself and your characters in five years?
I see dozens of new faces added and new worlds. I see my ass still parked in a chair while the voices ride me making sure I tell their story.
11. Do you have a favourite amongst all your characters, world or series?
12. Which of your books would you recommend as a starting point for new readers?
There is no one perfect book for everyone. It’s why I write diverse series from aliens, to cyborgs, to shifters, to demons… Some of them are chock full of humor (Alien Abduction, A Lion’s Pride), others have a strain of darkness to them (Pack, Bitten Point). What a reader chooses should be about what caught their eye. Find something that seduces the curious reader in you.
13. What can readers expect when they open one of your books?
I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.
14. What have been some of your fan-favourite characters?
The favorite shifter would have to be Boris the moose. He is a grumpy fellow with a big rack, but despite that, gun toting Jan, who loves to wear heels and pearls, still fell for him.
And then there was Lucifer who began as a secondary character in my Hell books but kept stealing the show. Writing evil characters is always fun.