Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write fiction and teach wiriting and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three teens, and two dogs. I’ve writtne an adult suspense, called The Mystery box, and a young adult series, called The Gatekeeper’s Saga, which has been sitting among the bestselling kindle book in its category for several months. The fourth book in the series comes out November 1, 2013, and books five and six are scheduled to release next year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My new release on November 1, 2013 is called The Gatekeeper’s House. It’s the fourth book in the Gatekeeper’s Saga. The gatekeeper in this series is Hades, and this book is about an attack on the Underworld just as my character, Therese, is getting accustomed to living there and all she goes through to defend it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure how unusual it is that I write in my living room, which is almost always bustling with activity because my three kids are either playing musical instruments, singing, rehearsing for theater arts, or larping. Neither my house nor my writing environment is particularly quiet, but somehow I mangage.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Oh, gosh. Tons of authors have influenced me, from my favorite writers of women’s fiction–such as Tracy Chevalier and Ann Patchett–to my favorite writers of young adult–such as Stephenie Meyer and Cassandra Clare. Plus, while persuing my Ph.D. in English, I read all the classics, and I’m sure a few of them must have had an impact one me.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the fifth book of the Gatekeeper’s Saga, The Gatekeeper’s Secret. My characters are involved in a risky and dangerous plot to help Athena get something she wants most in the world, at a great cost.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think Facebook has been the most helpful in aiding my promotional efforts. I’ve been able to make connections with readers and other authors. My website has become more and more effective as I make connections elsewhere and people subscribe: http://www.evapohler.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write a good series and make the first book free. Don’t get hung up on writing one book. You need to have a good amount of product out before you start making money.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Take out an ad with BookBub.
What are you reading now?
I’m about to start Orange is the New Black, which my book club is reading this month. But I also just finished rereading The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to finish the Gatekeeper’s Saga next year, and then work on a spin-off story following two characters I will introduce inthe sixth book. I also will release the first book of a new trilogy in 2015, which is unrelated to Gatekeeper’s.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver.