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Oct 2, 2013

Chatting to Eve Rabi about Love, Sex & All That's Candi: Interview

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  10:20 AM

I apologise to everyone who pitched up here this morning for Eve's interview only to find someone else in her place. What happened to my  pre-scheduled blog post is a mystery thats right up the with the seventh wonder of the world. Let me start again.....
I love having Eve Rabi on my blog today, this is a real treat. I have completely fallen inlove with her books amd I hope you will too if you are not reading her yet. She is real, fearless and fiesty, just like her characters......Just like my alter ego (hehehe).
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Welcome Eve, lets entertain:

I was busy writing the notice for my blog to announce your interview and I wanted to mention a genre but couldn’t think how to put it. My first thought was romance and immediately said no, these books are fierce, more than passionate. They are just wicked. How on God’s green earth did you come to write such literature?
My books are romance; however, they are romance with bite, or kick ass, as my readers call it.
 If you’re tired of vampires and Harlequin romances, you just may enjoy my books. 
As one reader put it, “Ms. Rabi has way of luring you into her stories that I have only experienced a handful of times. She is a master story teller and I love that. She is raw and honest, holds nothing back, no sugar coating with her.”
As another reader put it, “Eve Rabi isn’t afraid to go there, to call a spade a bitch. Or a bastard. Or even a c**t.”

How do you define your books and what overriding theme would you say the 20 of them share?
I am a hopeless romantic, Wendy.  Can’t help it. I love a good love story. 
I particularly love it when a spirited heroine meets a wild boy she can tame. And does. 
So, all my books are love stories. Every single one of them, in spite of the gritty nature of the story.  I like to touch on real issues like racism, domestic abuse, love across the colour lines, forbidden love, etc, being unable to overcome your first love, even though you love your current spouse, etc.

Are you anything like the personalities you portray in your books?
Mm.  I think I am a little, to be honest. I’m a former nursing sister, so I am nurturing. But I also ran a successful real estate business, so I’m driven. 
But, I’m a Gemini, so you get two women for the price of one. 
Ask all my boyfriends, I’m a damn good buy. Ha ha!

Which book would you say is mostly about you or features your character most?
Mm, I have to think about this. 
I’d say Payton in Gringa. She’s pretty full on and takes crap from no one. 
She flawed – hold a grudge, seeks vengeance, has a potty mouth and is not afraid of getting into a fist-fight. She’s also smart enough, pretty enough, feisty enough, grounded enough and most of all, she has heart and loves unconditionally.

How has your own history influenced your writing?

My history most certainly creeps into my writing.
With YOU WILL PAY, I helped an immigrant in Australia whose tyrant of a husband had her arrested on a trumped up charge.
 I didn’t know her, but I got a call from my sister to tell me that a young woman with a child, with no family in Australia needed help.
My husband (then) and I raced over to the police station and helped her every step of the way.
Then we went back to scare the crap out of her abusive, but cowardly husband.
We also managed, with the aid of some really nice cops (handsome ones too. Tall, big muscles, great smiles, sexy …sorry, I digress.)  to turn the tables around and have the husband arrested.
He said to his wife, “Since when do you know black people?” (My ex-husband was 6”4, dark skin with dreadlocks.)
She then became my responsibility.
All this was fodder for YOU WILL PAY. I’m now writing spin offs on YOU WILL PAY.

With OBSESSED WITH ME, I once worked with a man I loathed.   
At first, I thought he was a racist and a buffoon and I told him off.  
But as time passed, I couldn’t help but be amused with some of the things he did and said. He had no filter, gave a stuff what people thought of him and lived to annoy me. I soon realized he hated everyone equally and he was oddly very entertaining with his silly antics.  Even his racists comments, which were directed to white, black, coloureds, Indians (no one was safe from him) turned out to be funny.  So much so, that I accepted a date with him. I was so ashamed of accepting a date with a jerk like him, that I kept it a secret from my friends and colleagues. At work I would even look at him for fear someone would cotton onto us.Then I accepted a second date with him and we had so much fun, I accepted a third, fourth and fifth. 
He was my white secret and I really liked him.   
Eventually, I left Durban so we lost contact with each other. 
Recently we made contact again, and I told him about my book and that he was my muse for it.
He secretly read the book and was shocked. 
“No, no, no!” he said in an injured voice. “That’s not me. I would never do and say all those things.” He actually sounded injured.   I just laughed. 
Then I accepted a second date with him and we had so much fun, I accepted a third, fourth and fifth. my white secret and I really liked him. Eventually, I left Durban so we lost contact with each other. Recently we made contact again, and I told him about my book and that he was my muse for it. He secretly read the book and was shocked. “No, no, no!” he said in an injured voice. “That’s not me. I would never do and say all those things.” He actually sounded injured.   I just laughed. (I hope he doesn’t read this blog.) 

With regards to racism, I’ve experienced my fair share of it so I write about it. 
I remember my colleagues and me once being asked to stand outside KFC in Pinetown Durban, after placing our order, because of the colour of our skin. 
“Only whites are allowed to stand inside,” the lady serving us announced loud enough for all the patrons in KFC to hear.  Outside it was pouring with rain. 
Furious, I stormed out of KFC, and on principal refused to pay for the order I had placed. I didn’t receive the food, but KFC demanded payment because the order was in progress.
The incident followed us to college and we were threatened with expulsion by our Dean, Mrs Johnston, (who was white and had the demeanour of a prison warden) for our ‘insolence.’ 

My colleagues quickly paid their share even though they hadn’t received their order. 
I was really young, so I was intimidated and crying, but still I refused to pay. 
My lecturers, who were sympathetic to my plight, begged me to pay to avoid facing the wrath of Mrs Johnson, who was so furious with our ‘disgrace behaviour,’  that she stormed out of the meeting. 
Stubbornly, I stood my ground, even though my ground felt shaky. 
Quietly one of my lecturers paid for my order to prevent me from getting expelled. 
Naturally, I was bitter about that humiliating experience and naturally I stopped eating KFC. 
So, I know racism, I will write about it and I will sugar-coat nothing.  

I find that sometimes people have a hard time getting their minds around spirituality and writing that is not in the main stream (for lack of a better word). You are a spiritual being. How do those o areas affect each other if at all?
I am spiritual, but not religious. 
I was a volunteer in my community until recently. Had to put it on hold recently due to time constraints now that I’m a single mom.  I felt blessed with all I had, so I wanted to pay it forward. 
I also believe that I was a very kind nursing sister and I remember a lot of patients blessing me.  (Older patients.) At that time I was too young to understand the significance of their words, but in retrospect, I believe that when a person blesses you, good things come your way.  
Every day, I try to give something to someone, whether it be a Facebook like or a kind, encouraging word, I do it. 
By the way, Wendy Ewurum, I have to say this: You are one of the few women I have met with an incredibly generous spirit. 
Because of that, I see you going places. Mainly up. 
You ask for nothing, you just give freely and with a smile. That is a rare and I value that.  
Keep doing what you’re doing. (Big smile.)
This is where my heart simply melts, meeting people like you and my readers is the best part of doing this. My intentions are very selfish LOL. Thank you Eve.

One of the things I picked up was a strong theme of violence against women and off women getting up and over these challenges, including your latest release (You Will Pay, for Leaving Me), is there a specific reason why this theme keeps cropping up?
True, there is violence in my books. There’s also coarse language, sex scenes and often racial themes. 
But, most importantly, the heroine always triumphs. If you’ve read OBSESSED WITH ME – When She Rejected His Advances, He set out to destroy her, you will see that Tanin, the protagonist, fights back, physically kicking the crap out of the two domestic workers who had been victimising her. She’s an example of a good girl, who when cornered finds her strength. I don’t know why I write books like these. I wish I could, like Lee Child, blame weed or some other mind-altering drug, but since I don’t smoke it, I have no excuse. But maybe it’s my humble beginnings. Grew up in a poor community and all of the above was my reality. I’m glad I did. 
I’m 100 percent hood and proud of it. Wouldn’t change a thing about my upbringing. 

It also sounds like you are always nose to screen, typing away at the next story; do you ever take time out to read? What is your reading preference?
I do take time off to read cos Stephen King says it’s vital to read to improve your writing.  
But I do have a problem finding books I like to read. 
Most female authors are too sedate for me.
That is why I started writing. I couldn’t find what I was looking for. 
With regards to male authors; I’m into Dean Koontz and John Grisham kind of books. 

After 8 or more years of writing, what would you say have been the most significant discoveries you’ve made about yourself as a person and a writer?
I’ve been quietly writing for eight years, however, I have only started publishing two years ago. 
So, I’m a fairly new author, however, I have twenty books out. 
Most written over the years and shelved due to lack of confidence on my part, I think. 
Didn’t think anybody would read such outrageous stories.  
Most significant discovery about myself…I am creative. 
Growing up I was worried that I was not creative. 
All my friends could do creative stuff – knit, sew, cook and grow stuff (Not cannabis. Okay cannabis too.), but I all I did was read. 
I was an avaricious reader, even hiding novels and reading in college during lectures. 
Then when I started writing, I was shocked at how easily the words flowed. 
 I had found my niche, I had found my creative side! I was so thrilled, I wanted to buy everyone a drink. Ha ha. 

You’ve written and published 20 books thus far so I think you are one of the people most qualified to answer this question. After having published this many books, what kind of income can an indie author expect?

Well, this can vary. 
Some of my author friends barely make it with writing. Most authors have two jobs. (Remember the term, ‘struggling writer?’)
However, I do earn sufficient to be able to write full time even though I am a single parent. 
I do juggle kids, family life and housework, which I hate, by the way. Loathe. (God, I simply detest housework!)
I’m also lucky that four of my books were on amazon top 100. 
That has helped my ranking, brought in a bigger income, so now I am able to upsize my McDonalds meals. 
Writing to me, is not work, it’s a well-paying hobby. So I feel blessed. 
I am also fortunate to have a very supportive ex, who supports my writing one hundred per cent and is happy to give me anything I want and need. 
He is a lovely man, my ex.
He is sweet man, my ex.
He is a …
 (Okay, so I’m embellishing here ’cause I need him to pay for the liposuction, okay? Just in case he reads this blog. Never know.)
To be on the safe side, authors should write five books then quit their  day job. (Eh, that’s five decent books. Interesting reads, please! There are so many boring ass books out there.) 
But I know of authors making $1000 per month, and I know of authors making $17 000 per month. 
Of course, some really successful indie authors earn about $30 000 plus a month. 
I’m talking dollars, so South Africans please multiply that by 8…or it 10?
The more books you write, the more you will earn. 
Write books that bite and you will have readers for life. 

If your book was to be adapted would it be? (Why):
a. A tv drama
b. A play
c. A comic
(a) It would most certainly be a TV drama with humor, some serious romance and it would probably be screened around midnight ’cause of the steamy sex scenes. And so that my older brothers don’t get to watch it. I’d be really embarrassed if they did. Ha ha!

The little of your stories that I’ve read (and loved by the way, thoroughly enjoyed the Gringo excerpt on your blog) read like what I imagine a script would sound like. So my question is: If you were picked to write a movie script:

a. Who would you pick as your co-writers (only 2)
Co-writers/ script writers: Tarrantino (Django) and Tina Fey (Saturday Nite Live). 
Of course, I’d get both of them drunk first. 

b. Who would be your male and female lead?
Jennifer Anniston is my muse. She’s really funny. A lot funnier than Angelina, if you ask me. 
Charlize Theron, my homegurl. She’s sassy and pretty when she’s not being a hardened criminal/lesbian.
And from a strategic point of view, I’d find a role for Oprah. Her starring in one of my movies, man that will really catapult me into fame. 
Males… oh, Jason Momoa. Man, he’s hoooot!
Also, Will Smith even though his hair is sporting fifty shades of grey these days. 

Which of your books would have inspired it?
Gringa for sure. It would make an amazing movie. I would love to direct it and be involved in casting.

What are you working on now and what are your plans concerning the commercial success of your books for the next two years.
I am currently working on spin offs for YOU WILL PAY. It’s really popular (been downloaded 14 623 in September alone) so I thought I would continue my revenge fantasies. 
A reader wrote: 
“Eve Rabi knows how to do revenge.” 
So, in my next book, I’m going to kick some cheating spouses’ asses and make some home wreckers wish they had never been born. Ha ha.
I’ve been mulling over these stories for years, now I’m bringing them to life. 
Let me interject here to add that You Will Pay is still free on Amazon. You can follow the link here in on the sidebar to get it. 

And finally, you’ve been away from South Africa for a long time and obviously love your adopted country so two questions:
a. What do you love most about Australia?
I have no burglar bars in my house. 
I have no alarm system.
I have no fencing.
I do not even lock my doors when I go out.
I have never been robbed.
That makes me feel free and freedom is important to me. 
Once, when my daughter was little, I was distracted and left my handbag at a taxi rank outside a mall. In it were two of my diamond rings (I had just washed my hands), a blank cheque and my passport.  Since I was not insured at that time, I was horrified to think I had lost so much and sobbed my heart out over a large super supreme pizza. 

Two days later, I got a call from the centre manager to pick up my purse. 
Everything was there. I cried harder at everyone’s kindness.  How can I not love Australia.
However, I really love and miss South Africa. 
It is, and will always be home to me. 
When I watched Invictus, the movie, I was overcome with nostalgia and tears filled my eyes.
b. What do you miss the most about South Africa?
My wonderful family in Durban, Cape Town and Jhb. I have six siblings. 
I miss Cape Town’s natural beauty that I grew to love, and wish I had never taken it for granted like I did.  
I miss the Durban bunny chows.
I miss the Spur in Claremont, Cape Town.
I miss Royal Crème biscuits. 
I miss speaking Afrikaans and having all Afrikaans speaking friends/staff laugh at me for sucking at it.  
I miss domestic help. 
I miss, Wendy, the list is endless, I miss South Africa. 
Oh and Romany creams. Can’t leave that out. 

And in conclusion:
Once again, I want to say thank you to Wendy for the opportunity of gracing her blog. 
Wendy you are most inspiring and I will vote for you when you run for presidency.  
Count on that. 

FYI on the bunny chow:

"Bunny chow is a slang term for a South African fast food consisting of a loaf of bread, with the inside scooped out, and filled with curry. Bunny chows are commonly filled with curries made using traditional recipes from Durban: mutton or lamb, chicken and bean curries are the more popular fillings."

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  1. Thanks to dear Wendy for giving me the opportunity to rant and rave and showcase my books.
    We apologize for the small glitch.
    We managed to find the gremlin that switched things around. :) :)

  2. I really enjoyed this. Thanks Wendy and thanks to Eve Rabi

    As an incurable romantic myself, I loved what Eve had to say, and I love nothing more than a good love story. Umm, I also married two nurses, so I also admire Eve for her caring nature.

    I also abhor racism in any form, and I've met many South Africans that I like and admire. It is just such a shame they usually beat Australia in Rugby and Cricket.

    I look forward to reading Eve's books and I'm sure I will be a big fan.

  3. Great interview. I really enjoy Eve's books, they're so dynamic and very true to what happens in real life.

  4. Interesting interview. Eve sounds like a livewire and talk about prolific.


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