Interview with Evelyn Chartres

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am employed full time and have a child, so spare time can be limited. However, when I do have some time it can be dedicated to cooking, hiking, photography or working on various projects.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Choosing a book can be a bit random. There may be movie out in theatres which is based on a book, so I make sure to get the book first. It could be because someone I know wrote the book and have interests in seeing their work. Otherwise I tend to rely on the books cover and a synopsis for any new works. Although I also take the time to catch up on classics, to provide me with insight on some meme's or pop references.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Seeing as I am for the most part a hobby writer, I saw it as a way of getting my writing out without turning it into my day job.
How do you approach cover design?
I follow advise that is frequently given to new authors. Look up covers from popular works in your genre and see what is expected. You then choose elements which suit you and get to work!
What is your writing process?
I call it spiral development for the literary world and wrote an article on my weblog about it. Essentially, it is an iterative loop which forces my work to go through multiple times, each cycle brings about refinements. As for the initial draft, I tend to write a series of short stories then combine them into one coherent work.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Grand is based on the idea of a hotel catering to things that go bump in the night. I often compared it to Hotel Transylvania meets Tales from the Crypt.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. Most of my early writing came packaged with my education. I do recall some of my early writing winning third prize at a Young Authors competition for the city. I won a second time when I was a teenager, although I only remember it as being something science fiction based short story. A shame, I have no records from that period.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have been using a Kindle Keyboard for years. In fact, it is my favourite tool for reviewing my current project and making corrections. I make notes on my kindle then transcribe them for inclusion into my manuscript.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, horror or classics. Although I have been known to branch out because the story seemed compelling.
Describe your desk
Wherever my laptop is located. I tend to move it around the house based on need and opportunity. However, my main desk is a corner model with a bankers lamp located in the master bedroom. I live in a small apartment so it gives me work space without tying up a room!
Published 2017-02-14.
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Books by This Author

The Grand
Price: Free! Words: 73,420. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nestled atop a cliff overlooking a cursed valley and surrounded by foreboding mountains you will find The Grand. At this ritzy French palatial-style hotel, you will find nothing by class, but things tend to go terribly wrong for some. This hotel is not only for the rich and famous but is a favoured destination for things that go bump in the night.
The Portrait
Price: Free! Words: 82,010. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00)
The Portrait is a Gothic fantasy about Victoria Frost, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession with her character. As events unfold, her obsessions turn on her which forces Victoria to question her sanity. Is she simply slipping deeper into madness or are there other factors at play?