A few months ago, I wrote a post for Pauline about Why I Wrote Double Life, the first book in the Razia series. I talked about how Lyssa’s journey to finding herself mirrored my own at the time, and how through her, I was able to find out some pretty revealing things about myself.
Fast forward to today, and I’ve just released the third book in the series, and the fourth one is set to be released in February of next year. I’m not having any more soul-affirming realizations with each book I write, but I’m feeling a little something different.
Razia first walked into my brain when I was 15 years old. I’d just seen Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider and I wanted to write a character as cool and calculating as she was. Over the next 14 years, Lyssa evolved not only into a complex, layered individual, but a fully formed imaginary friend that I called on to entertain me during boring college classes and, later, boring meetings. Since publishing Double Life, I’ve always been daydreaming about her next adventure, her next scene, forward motion always.
Now that I’m done with Fusion, book 4, there’s no more forward motion. The final book in the series is a prequel, the story of how an eleven year old girl from a rich family of scientists became the first female pirate. I’m writing it during NaNoWriMo simply because I want to get it done quickly, like ripping off a bandaid. Much like the rest of the series, I’ve known what’s going to happen for over a decade. And once that’s done, there will be no more Razia novels to write.
Edna Mode once said, “I don’t look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” That’s how my brain functions in writing. I rarely revisit scenes that are in published works when I daydream, mostly because I have 50,000 others waiting for their turn. So when Razia’s done, that part of me that used to play in her world will be too.
I plan on releasing the final book in the series on my 30th birthday next June. It’s symbolic in a way, I released the first book on my 28th birthday, marking my emergence from a period of deep depression. And now closing the Razia chapter means closing the chapter on my twenties and embracing a decade where I finally know who I am and what I’m doing with myself during my rotations on this earth.
But there will still be that bittersweet sadness of a passed youth, knowing that a chapter of my life is closed but also knowing there’s a brand new one waiting to be written.
Now available – Conviction, the third book in the Razia series! Catch up on this fun, sassy space opera about a wayward scientist living a double life as a space pirate bounty hunter.
Razia is in trouble. Captured by a fellow pirate, she now finds herself back on probation with a bounty worth zero credits. In the cold reality, she begins to question herself and everything she has been working towards all of her life–and what she’s willing to do to reclaim her glory.
Piracy is a game. What do you stand for?
Buy now on
About the Author
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
Be sure to check her out on the below social media sites:
I’d like to thank S. Usher Evans for stopping by the blog and sharing her story.
I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.