I’m hosting an interview with Steve Bevil, the author of “The Legend of The Firewalker”, a YA paranormal fantasy novel. Enjoy!
What is the hardest part about being an author?
I would say the hardest part about being an author is wearing the marketing/publicity hat while still doing what we love, which is to write books. Whether you are a traditional author and published with one of the big publishing houses or independent, in today’s economic climate we are all author entrepreneurs.
Can you give us the synopsis of your book?
Hmm, lol! There is so much going on in the first book, but I will try. The Legend of the Firewalker is about nineteen-year-old college student Nathan Urye and the supernatural challenges he faces as camp counselor over the summer. The story takes place in the town of Cahokia Falls, Illinois and mainly on the Illinois Cahokia Falls campus. The town itself is rich with history and ancient American Indian Folklore and Legends. Nathan embarks on a journey of self-discovery because of these supernatural occurrences that keep popping up, and his character is pushed to the limit while trying to keep his new-found friends at camp alive.
For more information about the characters and the real Cahokia American Indians behind the story, click on the link below to FAQ’s about the book.
Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
After people read The Legend of the Firewalker the first response I usually get is, “I know there is another book…there has to be!” So, yes, this book is part of a series and there are definitely several other books planned.
How many hours do you write per day/week?
A lot! I love spending time with the characters in their small college town of Cahokia Falls, Illinois. I find it a good escape after I’ve caught up on all my favorite TV shows and movies. I guess it satisfies my appetite for more supernatural mystery.
Hmm…I don’t know if I have a favorite in the supernatural mystery/thriller genre, but I just finished reading Carrie by Stephen King in preparation for the movie remake being released this Friday and loved it.
What are you working on now?
Revising the chapter I just finished in book 2 of the series. It was 22 pages and for me, that’s a lot! I typically don’t like my book chapters to be long, but sometimes you have to flush out the story.
Legend of the Firewalker
Author: Steve Bevil
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy / Action Adventure
A black hooded figure suddenly appeared behind her. She gasped and her brown eyes grew wide. Nathan watched helplessly as a small trickle of blood fell from her mouth.
Other hooded figures appeared; their silver swords clutched upright against their chests. Nathan held tight to her lifeless body while trying to fight back the tears that swelled in his eyes. “No,” he cried. “No!”
Nineteen-year-old Nathan Urye is supposed to be having a relaxing summer as a camp counselor but ever since he started having nightmares about a beautiful girl being hunted by flesh-clawing monsters, his life has been anything but normal.
Soon, Nathan discovers that the sleepy college town of Cahokia Falls is far from ordinary when two unexplained deaths rock the town and campus. Who or what is behind the murders? Does it have anything to do with the newly-discovered cave symbol? And what about the spine-chilling campfire stories about ancient tribal beliefs and mystical legends?
For Nathan Urye, things just keep getting creepier and creepier, and now it appears that everyone at camp is in danger…
What the reviewers are saying…
“Starting with chapter one this book held my attention. The legends in the book told around the campfire gave me goose bumps and the supernatural creatures; Necrocritters, dark hooded guards with swords and red hooded priests added a lot of layers to this story. Not to mention the Fallen Ones!
At times I wasn’t sure how things would play out because there were so many challenges facing Nathan and his friends. I really enjoyed the climax of the book and could easily see this book adapted as a movie. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Nathan and his friends…but you have to read the book to see if they all make it out” ~Reviewer
“It’s terrific! I love your wise-cracking hero, who finds himself thrust into these bizarre circumstances with no real guide. And I love the set up of the supernatural world and these well-defined characters. The supernatural conflict and the relationships that took root here will be able to take you through book after book. That eerie, spirit realm where everything is gray except for the people – sound doesn’t behave as it should – and objects are frozen in place, is really imaginative and creepy. It’s got a strong cinematic feel and it creates tremendous atmosphere. In short, you’ve done some terrific world building here that’s highly imaginative and peopled with appealing, interesting characters we can care about.” ~Reviewer
Steve Bevil, the author of The Legend of the Firewalker series, recalls vividly as a child running to the library to check-out and read the latest The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. He started writing short stories at a young age, but never took writing seriously, and as an adult, would only write to jot down the many storylines and mystical characters he would often fantasize in his head.
It wasn’t until he was inspired by the story of author Stephanie Meyer, a stay-at-home mother of three and Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance Cycle, that he entertained the idea of writing a book. Steve recalls sitting at his computer one day, after reading promotional emails announcing the latest books, daydreaming a dialogue between two people.
“It was just so Harry Potter-esque as far as the classic story of good versus evil. I just kept getting more and more detail; it was like the story wanted to be written, there were so many layers to it. I had first and last names, character back history, and everything. Immediately, I started writing.”
After months and months of developing the plot and writing, the end result was his first book in the series, The Legend of the Firewalker. The daydream, a dialogue between two of the main characters; Nathan Urye and Stephen Malick, ended up appearing in Chapters 11 and 16.
Steve Bevil graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Communication. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois and when he isn’t writing, enjoys music, watching movies, fitness, and walks with his little Westie, Wyatt.
To learn more you can follow him on Twitter – http://twitter.com/steve_bevil
or visit his blog – http://stevebevil.blogspot.com/
or find out news at his Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/stevebevilwriting