Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Author Spotlight: Chevy Stevens, author of Never Knowing

  • Still Missing
  • Never Knowing
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CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep for a giftware company and then as a Realtor. At open houses, waiting between potential buyers, she spent hours scaring herself with thoughts of horrible things that could happen to her. Her most terrifying scenario, which began with being abducted, was the inspiration for STILL MISSING. After six months Chevy sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book.

Chevy enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s hiking with her husband and dog in the local mountains.

Visit Chevy Stevens at her Website

First off, I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by The Crazy Bookworm!

Thanks for having me!

Tell us 5 things about yourself:

Well, it’s common knowledge that I’m addicted to ear plugs, cute animal videos, “The Dog Whisperer” popcorn, peanut butter, and tea ( not necessarily in that order), so you probably want something different. Let’s see…I’m married to a wonderful man who I went to school with, but we didn’t reconnect until years later through Facebook. I grew up on a ranch, but I spent most of my time hiding in the woods and reading books like Clan of the Cave Bears, Harlequins, and V.C. Andrews. I spent many days down at the river near our house, and I still love swimming, especially with my dog, Annie.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would you say?


Describe that feeling you had, when you found out Still Missing was going to get published?

I was thrilled! It was the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and a long-held dream. When STILL MISSING started getting great early reviews it was like waking up to Christmas every morning. It was also very hard to focus on my writing.

What inspired you to write Never Knowing?

Never knowing was inspired by a conversation I had with my editor about what it would be like if you were adopted and found out that your birth father was a murderer. The story kept growing in my mind and I combined it with some other ideas that I’d had on the backburner. There was an awful murder in Wells Gray Park many years ago and though, Never Knowing isn’t based on that terrible crime, I was struck by the image of all these remote parks in BC, and the horrific things that could happen in them.

Did you come across any challenges while writing Never Knowing?

Every book has its own set of challenges. For Never Knowing I wanted to make sure that people who don’t live in Canada realize how vast and remote the area can be, and how that could work to someone’s advantage. Also, I wanted to make sure that Sara was different than Annie. I took someone who struggles with stress and anxiety and put her in a scenario that would test her to the limits. This book also required more research, in terms of police procedure and locations for some of the events.

What was the best/hardest part you experienced while writing your books?

Time management is always a struggle, learning how to balance marketing demands with writing, while trying to maintain a personal life. But they are good problems to have!

What is a 'Day in the life of Chevy Stevens' like?

I’m usually up first thing, enjoying a cup of tea while I catch up on e-mails and Facebook, then I head out for a walk with Annie. After we’ve both had something to eat, I’m back at my computer. I try to work a set amount of hours, or pages, on my book per day, but I often end up dealing with the business side of things for a big portion of the day. I don’t usually shut down until the evening, when I like to collapse in front of the TV. I’m not great at working out at a gym, but I have a personal trainer who makes sure I don’t get flabby from all those days behind the desk and that’s also my stress relief. Thank God my husband likes to cook or dinner would probably be soup and crackers at my desk every night!

What drew you to writing in the Thriller Genre?

I wasn’t actually trying to write a thriller. STILL MISSING just came to me and in the process of rewriting and shaping the story, I kept cutting out anything boring. But I always want to make sure that my books delve heavily into emotions and aren’t just an exciting read, which I hope they are as well.

When you’re not reading or writing, what do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

I enjoy going out for dinners with friends, spending time with my husband, going for walks, or watching a good movie on TV, curled up with a bowl of popcorn, of course.

Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share a little bit about it?

I’m currently working on my third novel ALWAYS WATCHING, which is about the therapist, Nadine, who is in the first two novels. I’m enjoying the researching and writing of this one quite a bit.

What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

I got out of control on Amazon the other day and ordered more books then I’ll be able to get through for a while ( when I’m writing, I don’t read a lot). But waiting for me are some Stephen King classics, the new Lisa Gardner, Linda Castillo’s second novel, The Likeness by Tana French, some older ones by William Landay ( love his new one coming out this year), and Down River by John Hart. Phew!

Thank you, Chevy!

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  1. Can't wait to read NEVER KNOWING! It's scheduled to be uploaded into my Kindle on 7/23.

    Hopefully, someone will make a movie out of STILL MISSING. It would be the perfect story for a movie......

    Keep up the good writing, Chevy! I enjoyed your creative, clever story telling in STILL MISSING and I look forward to more of it in NEVER KNOWING......

  2. Looking forward to NEVER KNOWING's release date. I was so impressed with STILL MISSING, I've recommended it to many booky friends. Positive reviews all around.
    Keep up the great writing!

  3. Thanks, Nancy! I also hope that there will be a movie made of STILL MISSING! And NEVER KNOWING!

    Thanks, Elaine! I truly appreciate the support. Word of mouth is everything.

  4. Thanks for sharing what goes on behind the scenes with your writing! Can't imagine where you come up with so much creepiness in your writing when you are surrounded by great things like dog love and husband cooking! :)

  5. Ha! What can I say, I'm a complicated woman :)


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