Interview with S. Usher Evans

Describe your desk
Last night's dinner, a candle, flashlight, half an empty wallet, speakers, headphones, and my phone. Otherwise known as a big ol' giant mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a suburban town in NW Florida where everybody knew everybody. It actually influenced my writing because I didn't have a lot of friends, so I made my own.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 10 or 11, when I got my first computer in my room. I'm sure my stories were terrible, but some of them live on in better, more mature forms today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Razia was actually one of the last book series that I thought up. I was inspired by Angelina Jolie in the first Tomb Raider movie - how freaking badass she was, and I wanted to create an awesome character like that. Razia has since morphed into someone who wants to be a badass, but has a lot of things holding her back (mostly herself).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to publish a book, to prove to myself that I could do it, and to see what happens. I've submitted Razia before to publishers with little success, and I didn't want to go through that hassle again. Besides, I get to control when the book is published!
What are you working on next?
Right now, wrapping up the edits on Double Life, and then getting started on Book 2, which is part political thriller, part girl buddy movie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not working, I'm either hanging out with my dogs, doing some home remodel project, or browsing the humor section of Pinterest.
What is your writing process?
I jump around a lot. Often times, especially when there's a common thread of activity from book to book, I will start writing something in one book, then jump to the second book, then jump to the fourth, back to the third, onto the fifth, back to the second, onto a vignette....and you get the picture. Most of the time I work on one book, I'm trying to fill in the blanks between the small scenes that I've written.
Published 2014-03-24.
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Books by This Author

Magic and Mayhem
Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,180. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
At the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things--getting into the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon's apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie's well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window.
The Complete Madion War Trilogy
Series: Madion War Trilogy. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 246,100. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
He's a prince, she's a pilot, their countries have been at war for fifty years... The Complete Madion War Trilogy box set includes all three full-length novels - The Island, The Chasm, and The Union - as well as a bonus novella called The Prince and the Heiress.
The Union
Series: Madion War Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,100. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Fifty years of war have led to this. The final book in the Madion War Trilogy.
Spells and Sorcery
Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,800. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
You have magic. One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I'm not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
The Chasm
Series: Madion War Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,620. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Four months after Theo and Galian left The Island, they struggle to adjust to life in their respective countries, and find a way back to each other.
The Razia Short Story Collection
Series: Razia. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,310. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Razia Short Story collection features five short stories about some of the most loved characters--Sage Teon, Lizbeth Carter, John Harms, and Vel Peate--PLUS two epilogue short stories on life after Fusion.
The Complete Razia Series
Series: Razia. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 317,300. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This omnibus edition of The Razia Series features all four full-length novels of the Razia Series, plus the prequel novella Beginnings and the seven Razia short stories.
Beginnings
Series: Razia. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,500. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Eleven-year-old Lyssa Peate thinks that she's on a routine field trip with the rest of her classmates at the Planetary and System Science Academy. But when she'd kidnapped by an infamous pirate and is abandoned by her family, she decides to leave her studies behind and join him, much to his dismay.
The Island
Series: Madion War Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 66,010. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
He's a prince, she's a pilot, their countries are at war. Marooned on an island, they must put aside their differences if they want to survive.
Fusion
Series: Razia, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,070. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Lyssa Peate has everything she thought she ever wanted. She's finally earned the respect of her fellow pirates, she's got a finger on the pulse on her scientist life, and she's got a core set of friends (and more-than-friends) that have her back. But deep down, she knows none of this goodness will last. And when she finds out a life-changing secret, she wonders if this is the end of her good life
Conviction
Series: Razia, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,840. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Clink. Razia is in trouble. Captured by a fellow pirate, she now finds herself back on probation with a bounty worth zero credits. In the cold reality, she begins to question herself and everything she has been working towards all of her life--and what she's willing to do to reclaim her glory. Conviction is the third book in the Razia series. Piracy is a game. What do you stand for?
Empath
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,960. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
After hearing a mysterious voice promising an easy escape from her sadness, Lauren is transported to a world where she suddenly can feel what others are feeling, an empath. But now a new problem--there's a dragon that eats empaths and she might be hearing it in her head, tempting her deeper into her own darkness.
Alliances
Series: Razia, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,350. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Lyssa Peate has found a tenuous balance between her double lives - the planet-discovering scientist and space pirate bounty hunter named Razia. Both lives are turned upside-down when feisty government investigator Lizbeth Carter shows up to capture the same pirate Razia is after.
Double Life
Series: Razia, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 70,790. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Piracy is a game. Four main crime syndicates compete ruthlessly to count the most pirates with the highest bounties as their members. They employ bounty hunters like Razia to track and capture rival pirates to boost their own standings... Or they would if Razia was ever given a chance...