Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Author Stop: E.J. Stevens' Spirit Guide series

Reader Girls welcomes E.J. Stevens to our blog today. She is the author of the YA series Spirit GuideShe Smells the Dead (Book One); Spirit Storm (Book Two) and the third, Legend of Witchtrot Road, is scheduled for an early October release. We are reading this series right now and enjoying spunky Yuki and Cal's stories. Aren't the covers great? 

Before we turn our blog over to E.J. Stevens, let's share the blurbs for the first two books in the Spirit Guide series.

She Smells the Dead blurb: It's the beginning of senior year and Yuki's psychic awareness of ghostly spirits is threatening to ruin her life. Her ability to sense spirits of the dead isn't glamorous like on TV. SHE SMELLS THE DEAD. Yuki is being visited in her dreams and suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. Will Yuki be able to save the spirits and herself?

Purchase: Kindle/Amazon paperback/Nook/B&N paperback

Spirit Storm blurb: "Let the spirits guide you, but never let them take you." 

Spirits of the Dead are coming...
Yuki is about to face an army of lost souls on Samhain, the night of Halloween, when the spirits of the dead roam free. Yuki will need all the help she can get from her friends, but will Calvin be there for her when she needs him the most?

Purchase: Kindle/Amazon paperback/Nook

Reader Girls Guest Blog with E.J. Stevens

We've noticed the increase of ghostly/paranormal YA stories on the market with more to come and were wondering how you felt about that in regards to your own series.

I often think of myself as a reader first. As a reader, I believe that there can never be too many ghostly paranormal YA stories on the market. I have had a voracious appetite for ghost stories and other paranormal poetry and prose since early childhood. My parents would read from Lord Halifax’s Complete Ghost Book and my mom would share the dark faerie filled folktales of her youth. I was hooked. I put down Dr. Seuss and picked up Edgar Allan Poe.

In more recent years I became addicted to reading and writing young adult paranormal fiction. After growing up reading adult fantasy and paranormal fiction, it may seem surprising that as an adult I turned to the young adult end of the spectrum, but my reasoning is sound. YA paranormal fiction rocks!

Okay that may have been oversimplifying a bit, but it does express my love of young adult paranormal fiction. While I still love the dark tales, Welsh folklore, and graveyard poets of my youth, I adore contemporary paranormal YA. My love of YA comes, in part, from the abundance of wonderful authors writing today.

There are so many amazing YA paranormal authors. A few of my favorites are Julie Kagawa, Kersten Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Rachel Hawkins, and Maggie Stiefvater. My hope is that the YA paranormal market continues to grow and support the fabulous authors who provide us with these worlds of magic and wonder.

As a writer I would like to end with one additional thought. Though it is wonderful to have the support of the industry at our backs, in the end the story must be written. Most authors write to create. We are motivated by the voices in our heads that scream to be heard. Characters demand to be fully realized and worlds must be built. I can tell you with every confidence that I will continue to write paranormal YA stories filled with quirky characters, regardless of market trends, for a very long time.
About the author:
E.J. Stevens writes poetry and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, and the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide Series, including She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road.

She Smells the Dead and Spirit Storm are on Amazon's list of 100 Top Rated Ghost Books. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she can be found blogging at From the Shadows, a paranormal book blog, or hanging out on Goodreads and Twitter.

E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

for more about the Spirit Guide series: http://spiritguideseries.blogspot.com
From the Shadows site: http://www.fromtheshadows.info
For more about E.J. Stevens: http://about.me/EJStevens & Goodreads page


  1. Thank you for having me here today at ReaderGirls!

    More thoughts on the increase in the paranormal YA market? Any paranormal YA faves?

    I'll be visiting throughout the day and would love to discuss this topic further.

    Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
    From the Shadows

  2. Hi EJ

    Didn't know you were being interviewd here.

    I like Richelle Mead (I read Vampire Academy), Cassandra Clare (Mortal instruments 1 -3)