Series: Peacemaker #1
Publication Date: July 28th 2013
Publisher: Shine Publishing
Maya Voland doesn’t want to spend her senior year in the cold, isolated town of Shine, Vermont. Reeling from the death of her father and the discovery that her life is a carefully constructed set of lies, Maya wants to escape to a place where she can be invisible.
The residents of Shine can’t let Maya leave. She’s too important to their cause. A manipulator by nature, Maya was born with an extraordinary ability to influence the emotions and actions of others. Shiners will go to great lengths to train her to use those gifts to further their agenda, before other, more sinister forces intercede.
Shea Knightly has been waiting most of his life for Maya to come back home to Shine. He, too, has powers of persuasion and he’s never encountered a girl who can say no to his stunning looks and overwhelming charm. He’ll pull out all the stops to bring Maya into the fold.
Now Maya must decide—is the intense attraction she feels for Shea reciprocated, or is he just feeding her more lies to draw her into the dangerous world of the Shiners? Even if there is something real between them, what price is she willing to pay to make his cause her own?
Welcome to Living in a Bookworld and thank you so much for answering my questions Eva!
Thanks for taking the time to interview me,Anastasia.I'm really excited to introduce Peacemaker to the Living in a Bookworld's followers.
Tell us a few things about Peacemaker.
Peacemaker is about a seventeen year old girl, Maya, who finds herself uprooted from her life in suburban Virginia and transplanted to a little isolated town in Vermont after her father dies. She discovers that her life up until the move was a set of carefully constructed lies. She has special talents that the residents of her new town want to exploit, but using her gifts could potentially put her in danger and alter the course of her life forever. And of course, there’s a guy. Shea is beautiful and mysterious and clearly has an interest in Maya. But Maya has a hard time trusting Shea’s intentions because he is so tied to the town.
It’s the first novel I’ve written and the first book in the Peacemaker series.
Peacemaker is your debut novel.How does it feel to finally get your book published?
It took me three and a half years to complete Peacemaker and during that entire time it was always my dream to have it published. So publication is definitely a dream come true. However, it’s an intimidating process. Introducing the book to the world is exciting, challenging and a bit scary.
Have you ever thought of writing an Adult book? And what genre would that be?
Yes, I have a lot of book ideas rolling around in my head and many of them are adult books. My current ideas are predominantly related to the exploration of relationships between women and how those are developed and sustained over the years. I guess I would label it as women’s fiction.
What do you like most about writing for this age group?
I found that writing from a seventeen year old perspective was liberating. The emotions are so raw and unfiltered. So many experiences are new when you’re a teenager and even jaded and cynical teenage characters have an innocence and hopefulness about them that’s really appealing.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Peacemaker?
Writing a book is really hard. I know that sounds obvious, but I didn’t quite get just what an undertaking it was until I was already in deep.
What was the hardest part of writing Peacemaker?
Finding the time to write. My life is already hectic with work and family, so adding this to the mix was a challenge. I also found that the editing process could be brutal. Sometimes it was necessary to cut pages of text that just didn’t flow well or didn’t further the story line, even though I was exceedingly attached to the words.
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two?
Definitely a combination of the two. I’m a lawyer by trade and a linear thinker by nature so I can’t forgo logic completely. But my best writing comes when I just let go and let my characters lead the way.
What are you currently reading?
I just started Here Without You by Tammara Weber.I have enjoyed the Between the Lines series and I'm excited to find out how it ends.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m writing Book Two in the Peacemaker Series right now. The second book spends more time exploring the community of people who share Maya’s gifts and those forces that fight against them. It also delves more deeply into some of the secondary characters introduced in Peacemaker.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I know that reading a book is an investment of time and emotion and I’m grateful to all the readers who have been willing to take a chance on a new author.
About this author
Eva Gerald is a mother of two beautiful, active boys and an in-house attorney for a small software company. Needing to fill her endless hours of free time, Eva decided to write a novel. Three short years later, Peacemaker was ready for publication. Just in case she was tempted to go to bed at a decent hour on a regular basis, she decided to make it a series and is diligently working on the next book.
Eva lives in upstate New York with her supremely tolerant and supportive husband and two boys.