Eve Lestrange, author of The Christina Lafage Chronicles, has joined me here on Rainne’s Ramblings, to answer a few questions about herself and her books.
Hi Eve, and welcome.
Would to like to start by telling us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born in New York but now reside in Pennsylvania. I originally wanted to be a musician & I was for a while, playing bass for the Empire Hideous. When the band broke up, I turned to writing for a creative outlet.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always liked to write, but playing with the band didn’t leave me a lot of time. I had written some poetry but started writing books after the break-up of the band.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Music, definitely music. It is an essential tool for me & I can’t write without it.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?
Aside from a few technical things, I don’t think I’ve been given any.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing is truly my own; I can do whatever what I want & don’t have to worry about creative differences or time restraints.
The Christina Lafage Chronicles is a horror series set in the eighteenth century, what drew you to this genre and time period?
The character of Christina Lafage is based on a woman named LaVoisin. She was a poisoner & held black masses for Seventeenth Century French aristocrats. The story was an interesting one, but I thought it would be more interesting is I made the character younger & moved the timeline to the Eighteenth Century.
Do you develop characters from your personal experiences and/or draw from that of others?
No, not really.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
Names are very important. You want a character with a distinct name that readers will remember. I chose the names mostly because of the way they sounded & they were memorable.
Tell us about the covers and how they came about.
The cover of Widdershins was done by an artist named Jose Pardo.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
Fans of horror, the occult & the supernatural are my intended audience. My books are written for them, because I am also a huge fan of horror &the occult, so I know what the fans are looking for.
Which book of the series was the most fun to write?
They were all fun to write, the series just seemed to write itself.
In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie, who would you pick to play Christina?
I’m not really sure, maybe an up-and-coming actress.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Right now, I’m working on a ghost story set in Baltimore, but I am also thinking about a prequel to Widdershins. Christina & Madame Duchamp are not done yet!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be patient, but I’m actually still not patient!
How do you spend your free time?
I like to read. Listen to music & hunt for odd antiques.
Tell us about your favourite memory related to reading or writing?
My favorite memory is discovering HP Lovecraft. His tales are very well written & have definitely shaped my own storytelling.
Name three things you consider yourself to be good at, and three things you consider yourself to be bad at.
Well, I think I’m good at writing, proofreading & trivia, I have a vast wealth of useless knowledge! I’m not very good at math, art or technology, I’m lucky I can work my cell phone!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To have a little more patience.
If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Egypt, Italy & all of the other places that Christina Lafage has been.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Thank you for the interview & I hope your readers enjoy The Christina Lafage Chronicles!
Thank you for your time, Eve.
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