One of the books I mentioned last month was Broken Rules & other island variations by Eve Seymour. For many reasons it captured my interest and imagination and made me want to find out more about Ms. Seymour. In the e-interview she granted me, I found her to be quite enigmatic, which, of course, makes me want to know even more! See for yourselves….
NFI: Thank you for granting me this interview, Eve. I understand you don’t generally give interviews. Why is that?
Seymour: I’m a very private person. For obvious reasons.
NFI: Obvious reasons?
Seymour: Well, in my line of work, I have to be.
NFI: And what is your line of work?
Seymour: At the moment writer. Other than that I’d rather not say.
NFI: What would you be if you weren’t a writer and whatever else you are?
Seymour: Probably a shock jock.
NFI: Interesting! Tell us more about Eve Seymour.
Seymour: What else would you like to know?
NFI: Who is Eve Seymour?
Seymour: I can be whomever you want me to be.
NFI: Well, tell us about Eve Seymour the writer. Why writing? Why this book, Broken Rules?
Seymour: Writing is a hobby for me, really. Actually I write for a living, but it’s all very cut and dried, legal stuff. To relax, I create these crazy fantasy worlds and the people who inhabit them. Why Broken Rules? Because it’s a woman’s story that yearned to be told.
NFI: How would you describe Broken Rules?
Seymour: If I had to do it in one word, I’d say ‘hot’. Three words: ‘hotter than hot’. A sentence? It’s a story about an unusual woman who chooses to define herself and her sexuality according to her own ideals, rather than society’s. Broken Rules tells the story of her quest for the ultimate sexual experience which she knows she’ll only find with her sexual soulmate – a man willing to break every rule.
FI: Sounds deep.
Seymour: Not really. There’s plenty of x-rated action along the way. Nothing too highbrow. I guess my intentions only sound lofty. 🙂
NFI: What inspired this book? Is it in any way autobiographical?
Seymour: Actually, my husband inspired the book. It started out as a series of short stories, in the style of those letters you’d see in Penthouse Variations. He loved those but then both of us actually wanted to know more about the characters and their lives outside of these steamy, anonymous fucks…. And so, Broken Rules and other Island Variations was born.
As for the book being autobiographical…. I’ll never tell! No, seriously, I think all novels, stories, poems, songs are autobiographical to a certain degree. I think all writers tap into personal experiences when writing creatively. However, for the most part, Broken Rules is a work of fiction…. As far as I know….
NFI: What do you say to those who compare your book, unfavourably or otherwise, to the Fifty Shades Trilogy?
Seymour: First, I’m actually flattered by the comparisons – unfavourable or otherwise – and, frankly, I’m hoping such discussions will boost my sales! I’d love to sell a hundred million copies of Broken Rules!
Second, I’m not sure I see the connections apart from the fact that there’s BDSM in Broken Rules as well. But then there’s BDSM in a kazillion books available right now. And there’s also a lot more and different kinds of taboo sex in Broken Rules. I didn’t name it that for nothing!
Third, I loved the story of Fifty Shades. I really connected with it. But I didn’t think it was told in the best way. I can see where EL James will get better, though. She’s got potential as a writer. I’m still new to this game of writing and publishing fiction, but I’m an avid reader so I know what I’m talking about. Broken Rules is my first novel. I’ve been told I’m a good writer, but I like my readers to judge for themselves.
NFI: I know you’ve some very interesting views on the literary significance of the Fifty series. Will you share them?
Seymour: That’s a whole other interview. You’ll have to invite me back. 🙂
NFI: I understand that you finished Broken Rules back in 1998. Why have you waited so long to publish it?
Seymour: I honestly didn’t think the world, the mainstream reading public, was ready for this book. More importantly, I wasn’t ready for them to experience this book. I’ve made a lot of changes to it because of that. Also, I had to figure out how to publish it without causing any collateral damage to my day job and my main source of income. It’s not that I’m ashamed of Broken Rules, but that if my clients were to discover my interests in this hobby, it might be difficult for them to take me seriously in the ‘real’ world.
And also, my close friends, three of them writers, read the book and kept urging me to publish it. When Fifty Shades became so popular, they started haranguing me again and so…. Here we are….
NFI: The book contains some truly memorable characters….
Seymour: Thank you.
NFI: You’re welcome. Any plans for sequels to Broken Rules?
Seymour: Actually, I’m working on the next book. It’s about Whorehouse Will, (one of the characters in Broken Rules) how he rose from poverty to prominence and the many trysts he enjoyed along the way. It’s called Where There’s a Whorehouse…. At least that’s the working title.
NFI: I, and I’m sure many others, am truly looking forward to reading that!
Seymour: Thank you. To you and all the many people who are reading Broken Rules and enjoying it enough to spread the word. I don’t take any of you for granted. All of the positive feedback I’ve been getting is absolutely inspiring. I really just hope I can live up to your expectations.
NFI: I’ve no doubt you will.
Seymour: And to you, Nailah, thank you for all of your encouragement, advice and other general support.
NFI: You’re most welcome, Eve. I look forward to the day when the world wants to know even more about you and I can say: ‘I knew her when…’ 🙂
Interested in finding out more about Broken Rules? Click here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210195
Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, and Cruising to Love. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop.
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