I got hit with the first inklings for Razia when I was 14 or 15, when I saw Angelina Jolie in the first Tomb Raider movie. She was so awesome that I thought, “I want to create someone that badass.”

Over the next 14 years, as I grew more varied and experienced more of the world, so did Lyssa, the main character. It became less about a Batman-Bruce kind of thing, and more about a woman struggling to prove herself in an industry where she’s, at best, considered an idiot, and at worse, the object of some pretty overt sexism. For me, my early twenties were chalk-full of great ideas and a lot of people doubting those ideas. So I was able to incorporate that “emotional center” into the book.

Double Life ended up turning into an unintentional allegory to my own quarter life crisis. After a bad breakup sent me into therapy, I realized that it was time to accept the creative part of myself. During the process of editing Double Life for publication, I began to see the parallels between my journey and Lyssa’s. We both discounted a part of ourselves only to find that we can’t find heaven while putting a part of ourselves through hell.

I’ve been able to pull similar lessons from the other two books – Alliances and the forthcoming Conviction. I’m actually dreading finishing the series, more because Lyssa’s been with me for nearly half of my life, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.

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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in a small, suburban town in northwest Florida, she was seventeen before she realized that not all beach sand is white. From a young age, she has always been a long-winded individual, first verbally (to the chagrin of her ever-loving parents) and then eventually channeled into the many novels that dotted her Windows 98 computer in the early 2000’s. After high school, she got the hell outta dodge and went to school near the nation’s capital, where she somehow landed jobs at National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and the British Broadcasting Corporation, capping off her educational career with delivering the commencement address to 20,000 of her closest friends. She determined she’d goofed off long enough with that television nonsense and got a “real job” as an IT consultant. Yet she continued to write, developing 20 page standard operating procedures and then coming home to write novels about badass bounty hunters, teenage magic users, and other nonsense. After a severe quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided to finally get a move on and share those novels with the world in hopes that she will never have to write another SOP again.

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Why S. Usher Evans Wrote DOUBLE LIFE
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3 thoughts on “Why S. Usher Evans Wrote DOUBLE LIFE

  • March 18, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I’ve had a few characters have moments that were parallel to my own life in certain ways and was able to draw on my emotional experiences. I think that will make your story awesome and will really touch readers when you finally have to leave the world (although, have you really left it? You’ll have to book to hold after all.)

    • March 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

      You make great points, Patricia. We do have to draw on our emotional experiences to write authentically. And no, we never completely leave me. LOL

    • March 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      I’m sort of like the elder in The Giver – once I write a story it’s gone from my head. This is sometimes a good thing because it frees up hard drive space for other stories (that’s how my upcoming contemporary fantasy novel came to be), but it also means that once a story is published, it’s only alive when I crack open the book. And since I rarely read something I’ve wrote (because there’s too strong of an urge to work it), that means I no longer get to play in that world.

      I’m kind of excited for the last book, because it’s chronologically between the prologue and Chapter 1 of the first book, so it ends right where the first book begins. It’s very circular for me, and gets me teary eyed.
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