I’m happy to host author Steve Bevil on my blog today. He’s the author of fantasy novel “The Legend of the Firewalker”. Thank you for answering my questions!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
Hello, my name is Steve Bevil and I am a fan of all things unexplained, particularly paranormal. My favorite shows right now are The Vampire Dairies, Supernatural, Scandal, Tru Blood, Teen Wolf, and Pretty Little Liars. I also love to watch movies about those same genres including ones that are good for a good fright, so I guess that’s why its reflected in my writing. The only odd ball out of the bunch is the television show Scandal, but thanks to my mom, I’ve grown up appreciating strong and independent women and that is reflected in my writing and taste as well.
The Legend of the Firewalker! Well, I think you can find a little bit of all those shows mentioned above in the series, minus the wolves and the vampires. I would say its a good bet you will find strong female characters, paranormal mystery, unexplained deaths, strong friendships, budding romantic relationships, unexpected twists and turns, and a series you can escape to. And lets not forget a little comic relief and fright here and there!
3) What inspired you to write Legend of the Firewalker?
I know this may sound cliche, but I didn’t find the courage to write a story until I came across an article spotlighting author Stephenie Meyer. After reading her story, I had a daydream about one guy trying to teach another how to operate and co-exist in two worlds; the spirit world and the natural/physical world. It was more like an argument if you know the protagonist of the story Nathan Urye, but it ended up appearing mostly in chapters 11 and 16 of the book.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
A lot! I love spending time with the characters in their small college town of Cahokia Falls, Illinois. I find it a good escape after I’ve caught up on all my favorite TV shows and movies. I guess it satisfies my appetite for more supernatural mystery.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Amanda Hockings, Rick Riordan, and Joanna Penn to say thank you for inspiring me as an author.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
Book two in The Legend of the Firewalker series. I have a working title, but I don’t want to reveal it yet. I am working with the same artist that did the artwork for the first book cover and the concept art looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the final product.
The Legend of the Firewalker
Author: Steve Bevil
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy / Action Adventure
A black hooded figure suddenly appeared behind her. She gasped and her brown eyes grew wide. Nathan watched helplessly as a small trickle of blood fell from her mouth.
Other hooded figures appeared; their silver swords clutched upright against their chests. Nathan held tight to her lifeless body while trying to fight back the tears that swelled in his eyes. “No,” he cried. “No!”
Nineteen-year-old Nathan Urye is supposed to be having a relaxing summer as a camp counselor but ever since he started having nightmares about a beautiful girl being hunted by flesh-clawing monsters, his life has been anything but normal.
Soon, Nathan discovers that the sleepy college town of Cahokia Falls is far from ordinary when two unexplained deaths rock the town and campus. Who or what is behind the murders? Does it have anything to do with the newly-discovered cave symbol? And what about the spine-chilling campfire stories about ancient tribal beliefs and mystical legends?
For Nathan Urye, things just keep getting creepier and creepier, and now it appears that everyone at camp is in danger…
What the reviewers are saying…
“Starting with chapter one this book held my attention. The legends in the book told around the campfire gave me goose bumps and the supernatural creatures; Necrocritters, dark hooded guards with swords and red hooded priests added a lot of layers to this story. Not to mention the Fallen Ones!
At times I wasn’t sure how things would play out because there were so many challenges facing Nathan and his friends. I really enjoyed the climax of the book and could easily see this book adapted as a movie. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Nathan and his friends…but you have to read the book to see if they all make it out” ~Reviewer
“It’s terrific! I love your wise-cracking hero, who finds himself thrust into these bizarre circumstances with no real guide. And I love the set up of the supernatural world and these well-defined characters. The supernatural conflict and the relationships that took root here will be able to take you through book after book. That eerie, spirit realm where everything is gray except for the people – sound doesn’t behave as it should – and objects are frozen in place, is really imaginative and creepy. It’s got a strong cinematic feel and it creates tremendous atmosphere. In short, you’ve done some terrific world building here that’s highly imaginative and peopled with appealing, interesting characters we can care about.” ~Reviewer
Steve Bevil, the author of The Legend of the Firewalker series, recalls vividly as a child running to the library to check-out and read the latest The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. He started writing short stories at a young age, but never took writing seriously, and as an adult, would only write to jot down the many storylines and mystical characters he would often fantasize in his head.
It wasn’t until he was inspired by the story of author Stephanie Meyer, a stay-at-home mother of three and Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance Cycle, that he entertained the idea of writing a book. Steve recalls sitting at his computer one day, after reading promotional emails announcing the latest books, daydreaming a dialogue between two people.
“It was just so Harry Potter-esque as far as the classic story of good versus evil. I just kept getting more and more detail; it was like the story wanted to be written, there were so many layers to it. I had first and last names, character back history, and everything. Immediately, I started writing.”
After months and months of developing the plot and writing, the end result was his first book in the series, The Legend of the Firewalker. The daydream, a dialogue between two of the main characters; Nathan Urye and Stephen Malick, ended up appearing in Chapters 11 and 16.
Steve Bevil graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Communication. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois and when he isn’t writing, enjoys music, watching movies, fitness, and walks with his little Westie, Wyatt.
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