Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Writers on Wednesday: Atty Eve

This week for Writers on Wednesday we're talking to the very awesome Atty Eve, author of the controversial new novel, My Beautiful Suicide ...



Tell us a bit about yourself …
  
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I had a religious mother and a short-tempered, alcoholic father. My escape was reading and music.
   
As a teen I was an 80's new waver with black shaved hair, a pale face and bright red lipstick. I was very self-destructive and always got into trouble. Needing a change I followed my father's footsteps and joined the Air Force.

During my four year enlistment I was stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada where I met my wonderful husband. We both got out of the military and moved to Southern Indiana, on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. I have two teenage boys whom I try to embarrass but have yet to succeed; they have great senses of humor.

Tell us about your most recently published, or about to be published, book?

It’s called My Beautiful Suicide, and here’s a blurb about it:

Cosette has a rough life, but it isn’t until she accidentally kills someone that Cosette makes the decision to end it. Unwilling to hurt friends and family, Cosette feels the best method of suicide is to become a victim. But when she goes out and gets attacked; instincts take over and she ends up killing her attackers. Guilty, desperate, and scared, Cosette does the unthinkable.

Tell us about the first time you were published?

I wrote my first novel over ten years ago and was on the verge of having it published when, sadly, my publisher passed away. I shelved my books for a few years to work on our family business. Now I'm back to writing and have decided my fate is in my own hands. And since I hate being told what to do I am self-publishing.

As writer, what has been your proudest achievement so far?

Keeping someone awake until 4:30 in the morning because they couldn’t put my book down. And they had to message me right when they finished because they loved it so much. That was a proud moment.

What books or writing projects are you currently working on, if anything?

I wrote the series to My Beautiful Suicide, five books in all, so I have a lot of editing to do.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

I have the most comfortable leather recliner ever. It’s worn in. I can’t have any noise or breeze or anything that derails my train of thought so that limits my writing to 2-5 in the morning or when the kids are in school and the hubby’s at work. I need a cave.

Which do you prefer? eBooks or Paper Books? Why?

I like e-books. I can read in bed and there’s no sound of pages turning and no one knows what I’m reading. Sneaky-sneaky.

Aside from your own books, of course, what is one book that you feel everybody should read?

The Bible. The wisdom in there is well, perfect, but the stories in there are fantastic! A woman seduces a man and stakes him to the ground, thus saving an army. A man’s wife was raped and to show the country what happened he cut her up into twelve pieces and sent the parts to the country’s officials who all but wiped out the culprits. I could go on and on but the stories are cool and would make some fantastic fan fiction.

Finally … is there anything you would like to say to your readers in Adelaide, Australia?

I am thrilled I have readers in Adelaide! Thank you for spending time with me. You can friend me on Facebook if you want, I’d love to hear from you. – I would too, Australians have the coolest accents!

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11 comments:

  1. What makes the book controversial? I don't see anything about that.

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  2. Since when has youth suicide not been a controversial topic?

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  3. The title doesn't necessarily indicate the contents and, even if it deals with the idea of suicide, it doesn't mean that it's done in any kind of controversial way.

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  4. Did you read the blurb that the author included?

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  5. Yeah, I did. That doesn't actually sound controversial to me at all.
    Maybe that's just me.

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  6. Great interview. I won't feed the keyboard warrior troll Andrew. Keep up the good work Kathryn and Atty. It takes a great mind to write a novel and a small one to not read it, then criticize it.

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    1. Thank you Hayley. I agree, it takes a brilliant mind to come up with a novel like this one and a lot of guts to tackle these themes. I have not yet read My Beautiful Suicide the whole way through yet, but from what I've read it's quite well done and deserving of the many, many five star reviews that it has received on Amazon.

      There were seventeen at last count:

      http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Suicide-Atty-Eve-Spikenard/dp/1493661728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388552782&sr=8-1&keywords=My+Beautiful+Suicide+Atty+Eve

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    2. I'm not trolling anyone. Unless asking an actual, honest question is now grounds for being a troll.

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  7. Wow! Atty sounds like she's had a HUGE journey in life so far! Great interview Kathryn.

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed doing this one and reading about Atty's journey as a person and a writer.

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  8. Sorry Andrew I was mistaken your more of a Swiss army knife than a troll.

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