This week’s author is Evelyn Lederman. She’s a phenomenal woman and author. I met her at LLS in 2018. I actually won a prize she donated at the welcome event. It was a purse full of books! I was overjoyed with that! I was overjoyed when I found out that we also shared the same favorite color (purple) and the same birthday (August 15th)!
Her Books (Click book photos to buy):
When adopted fifteen-year-old Pepper Samuels receives a surprise scholarship to Blakeway Prep School, she didn’t expect to attend a secret academy for witches. Witches? She wasn’t a witch. Was she?
Bishop Academy is selective of the most magical of the families. Those bloodlines powerful enough to change the world.
With an evil magic syphon threatening Pepper and her new friends, she has a whole lot to learn if she wants to keep them safe. Can she pull it off in time or will her coven of friends end before they get started?
Sixteen-year-old Salyt Edwards comes to Bishop Academy and discovers the truth about her real family and the untapped magical abilities at her fingertips.
With the Council, her biological father, and grandmother trying to control her magic and life, Salyt fights for her right to live and love as she wants. But how can one student battle “the powers that be” and make a difference?
She’s not sure, but with her long-lost sister by her side, they can do anything.
The Enchanted Ones awaited Hana’s arrival to begin their war against the Brethren. When Hana reunites with her sisters, she’s amazed at the powers they now possess. She fears their faith in her is ill placed and will cost lives.
Zach More renounced the Brethren’s teachings as a teenager and now he fights to free his sister-cousins. After a chance meeting with Hana, he realizes the bond that exists between the two of them. Although she rejects him, they both know that only a joining between soul mates will this daughter of Eden’s Dragon fulfill the prophecy her mother foresaw.
About Evelyn Lederman:
I clearly remember a conversation I had with my sister and a friend about infinite parallel universes. We were outside Sedona, Arizona. All of a sudden 5 young women started talking in my mind. That was the start of ‘The World’s Apart’ series. ‘The Chameleon Soul Mate’ was published in August 2014, followed by ‘The Crystal Telepath’ in December 2014. The floodgates have opened and I have more books in the Worlds Apart series as well as other series coming. I’m loving the ride!
Interview with Evelyn Lederman:
- Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?
I write escapism; taking the reader to places they can’t travel to any other way. My first two series were set in parallel dimensions. The first realm is full of telepathic beings and the second is a world controlled by vampires. My adult-focused books fall in the paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi categories. They fall in the moderately hot category when it comes to sex. Only the Outer Worlds Passion Series has ‘foul’ language. It’s a hot, sexy sci-fi series.
My latest book, ‘Salyt & Pepper’ is the start of a new series (Bishop Academy) set in a secret witches academy. It’s my second Young Adult (YA) series. The first series was the scifi Zaratan Trilogy which starts with an alien invasion and it’s told third-person through a 14-year-old girl’s eyes who was ‘Selected’.
In November, I’ll be publishing my 5th (and last) novella in the Eden’s Dragon series set in the Worlds of S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico. It follows the theme I set in the Worlds Apart and Nightshade Saga series where finding one’s soul mate transforms the couple.
- What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?
I attended my first romance novel conference in 2010 as a reader and a number of the authors said their characters talked to them. When I retired, my older sister said I could start writing romance novels. I told my sister that I had no desire to write. On February 23, 2014, I was driving to play tennis and a real conversation that took place outside of Sedona, Arizona, played in my head. The next thing I knew, five young women started talking to me. That was the start of the Worlds Apart Series, with the ‘Chameleon Soul Mate’ being the first novel I published.
- What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?
There is nothing more rewarding than hearing from a reader how much she/he loved my book(s). A sixteen-year-old boy who had his grandmother drive to Ft. Myers to meet me after he read ’Selected’. The author of this blog, Nicole, ordered all my books for a second time because her boyfriend took off with my books.
- Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?
Since I write paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy, there isn’t a lot in my books that reflect my life experiences. I do put some of myself in some of my characters in reflect to what I’d do. Alexandra Mann in ‘The Chameleon Soul Mate’ and Kara in ‘Selected’ probably closest reflect me at different phases of my life.
- Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?
The easiest were Alex and Kara who I mentioned above. In the Nightshade Saga series, my heroines (particularly in Books 1-3) are extremely broken. They were difficult to write because they start with a negative experience and have difficulty coping. In romance, you have to end the book with a happily ever after and it’s a gradual slope to be as realistic as possible.
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