1.) Where did you come up with the idea for your book?
2.) Why did you choose Thanatos as your main male character?
I wanted to write a story about embracing and transcending death. Since Thanatos is the god of death, he was the perfect metaphor for my underlying themes. The entire trilogy represents a young person who must face her parents’ mortality, come to terms with death, and go out on her own to discover her unique purpose.
3.) Who is your favorite character and why? Is it more fun writing them than it is others?That’s like asking me to choose my favorite child! I guess after Therese and Than, I fell in love with the Holt family, especially Pete, who’s such a great guy the way he tries to protect his sister and to keep his love for Therese in check. But I’ve enjoyed writing every character, even the not so nice ones, like Ares. I especially enjoyed giving new personality to Asterion (the Minotaur) and his sister, Ariadne. In the third book, I had fun developing another mythical beast, Amphisbaena.
4.) What was your favorite scene to write? I think it was the one in which Therese faces the Hydra. I didn’t want it to be just another scene about a girl and a monster. I had fun creating the twists that had to happen to make it exciting but believable.
5.) What's your method like? Do you listen to music while writing, keep it silent, etc.?
Because I’m a busy mom with three kids, and because I teach full time for the writing department at a local university, I have to write whenever I can. It’s usually on my laptop in my favorite chair in the middle of our busy living room with a Diet Coke at arm’s reach. I tend to create a working and very flexible table of contents as a general outline, but it continually changes as I go.
6.) How long have you been writing/ wanted to be an author?
I wanted to be a writer as a child, but as I grew up I envisioned it as my last big goal. First I needed to complete my Ph.D., secure a paying teaching position, find a husband, have a family, and THEN become a writer. Although I wrote all through college for creative writing classes and then later as a hobby, I began investing in making writing a secondary career for myself about ten years ago. This year in August, after reading much research on the subject, I took the leap to self-publish and have been enjoying the ride ever since.
7.) Your trilogy is based on Greek mythology so who is your favorite god or goddess?That’s a tough question because all of the gods have both positive and negative attributes. Interestingly, the Greek gods were the first in human history to be created in the image of humankind, and their humanity is what makes them both admirable and repugnant. I think I have a love-hate relationship with every single one except maybe Hephaestus, who seems the most tragic, in my opinion. I suppose if I had to choose a favorite, though, it would be Athena. Her wisdom, strength, and diplomacy are admirable. If Hades hadn’t abducted Persephone, he would be my favorite, but that one act is hard to forgive.
8.) Do you plan on writing any other books/series based off of mythology in the future?
Yes. As a matter of fact, I have a sequel trilogy planned as a companion to the Gatekeeper’s Trilogy. Here are their working titles and expected release dates: A Different Kind of Goddess (05/01/15), A Different Kind of Bride (12/01/15), and A Different Kind of Triumph (05/01/16).
9.) Anything you can tell us about the third book?I’m having a blast writing it! Therese must find her unique purpose or the transformation will be reversed, and it seems all the jobs have been taken by the other gods. To complicate matters, Ares’s twin sons, Phobos and Deimos, are trying to capture her because Ares wants to prevent a union between Than and Therese from taking place. Why? Because gods beget gods, and Ares fears an imbalance of power skewed against him. To make matters worse, in trying to reverse Pete’s love curse, Therese makes a huge mistake she’s not sure she can undo. On top of everything else is Therese’s desire to save someone she loves, but this requires her to go on an impossible quest to get Artemis’s lover out of the sky.
10.) Anything else you'd like to add that we didn't ask?
I’m holding a contest from January 1, 2013 to October 1, 2013 where readers can qualify to win Athena’s locket and Hera’s golden apple and also have their photo and bio published in the third book by correctly guessing Therese’s unique purpose. She will be the goddess of what? For more details, go to http://www.evapohler.com/contest.
Thanks Eva! Alright so below is your chance to win a copy of BOTH the first two books in this trilogy! One lucky winner will be contacted by the author and given ebook copies of The Gatekeeper's Sons and The Gatekeeper's Challenge.