I always knew Once would focus on The City of Sand, the King, and Eve’s fate inside the City walls. That world is so detailed, and there are so many different characters who become important, I needed a full book to explore it. I write detailed outlines before I begin the first chapter, so the plot—with all its twists and turns—was planned out in advance. Big portions of the book changed during revisions, but the overall story essentially stayed the same.
2. How different would you say Eve is in ONCE than she was in book one (Eve)?
3. Looking back now at the complete book, are there any scenes that were removed that you wish, now, had remained?
Though it’s sometimes painful in the moment, I rarely regret cutting scenes. My editor’s perspective is essential, and I know if she says something should be cut…it needs to be cut. I’ve had the instinct to make little changes to the books—I want to keep playing with words, trying out different phrases. But scene byscene, I’m usually happy with the overall story.
4. Here on GCReading we're huge fans of Caleb. How much of him do we get in ONCE?
Out of all three novels, Caleb plays the biggest role in Once. It’s hard to say anything without giving away something, but the story focuses on Eve and Caleb’s relationship, and their struggle to stay together despite all that’s pushing them apart.
5. Share with us the best part about writing your character Eve, and the hardest part.
6. How will you be celebrating the release of ONCE?
I’ll actually be in Europe for the release. Hopefully I’ll be tweeting from a beach in Croatia!
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