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Interview with Holly McElwee, author of E.V.I.L. vs The Freedom Force


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Evil squirrels. A mind-control device. Plans for world domination. Led by Dr. Aryoo Nutz, the squirrels of E.V.I.L. will stop at nothing in their quest to control the human race. 

The only thing standing in their way is the Freedom Force—a powerful team of spies with three brilliant teenage siblings at its helm.  Only the Freedom Force can put a stop to the squirrels’ nasty caper.  Will they make it to E.V.I.L.’s secret lair in time to stop them? Will they find the mind-control device that could turn the world upside down? It’s a race against time to save humanity and destroy E.V.I.L.

What genre is it?
Juvenile fiction: science fiction and action/adventure.

The book is geared for kids ages 8-12.

Tell us about your main characters.
The main human characters are three genius secret agent kids, Anna, Kaleb, and Olivia. They were recruited into an organization called the Freedom Force and trained to be spies. They live in New York City with their parents, who work constantly. This allows the kids enough freedom to carry out their missions without the notice of their parents.

It’s the squirrels we really want to know about.
The main squirrel characters are at the head of the agency known as E.V.I.L., Dr. Aryoo Nutz and Agent Fluff E. Tail. Dr. Nutz is the brawn and Agent Tail is the brains of the organization. Dr. Nutz has a raging temper and is prone to violence. He’s heartless and wants only to bring down the human race. Agent Tail is secretive and sneaky. He knows plenty about both E.V.I.L. and the Freedom Force.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
Not yet, but I’m planning the next book in this series, which will be titled “E.V.I.L. vs. the Freedom Force: The Search for Sting.” I anticipate to start writing it this month.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been a public school teacher for 18 years. I currently teach sixth grade. I’ve got two daughters and a husband, and we live in west central Ohio. I enjoyed writing when I was younger, but I left it for awhile. It’s just been the last few years that I decided to come back to it. I write a weekly column for a local newspaper, and I do some other freelance work when it’s available. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and I also spend a lot of time traveling during my summer breaks.

Ah, that explains your website name. Remind us what it is.

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?

One final question: squirrels are cute and loveable – why make them evil?
I got the idea from a dream I had. In the dream, I was running down the beach as giant horseshoe crabs chased me. The crabs were really holograms being remote controlled by evil squirrels. The squirrels held the remote controls in their little paws as they laughed maniacally. Then I woke up.

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