E Journey

I'm a realist in my writing, as well as my art. I don't have as much imagination as many other writers—a handicap (or strength) that comes partly from my training and experience as a mental health researcher/evaluator and program developer. I'm also a flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer. So, I watch, and observe. And listen. That's where the meat of my writing comes from.

But I’m also a sucker for happy endings. I find enough that depresses me about real life, but seek no catharsis by writing about it. I want escape, entertainment. I don’t strive to enlighten. Not consciously, anyway, but because my previous training has given me a bias, I’m interested in the inner lives of characters, including the passages they go through.

 I’m inspired by Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell and their awesome feminist heroines. So, I tend not to rely on broad shoulders and heaving bosoms. Instead, I go into protagonists' thoughts and emotions, their conflicts and their joy, their struggles to reach balance and grow. My novels deal with insecurities and disappointments, love/hate relationships with parents, characters who seem to behave out-of-character, and even life events not typically included in romantic fiction.

I have a book blog here:

Escape Into Reality,
an author website here: Evy Writes

and musings on travel, art, and food here: Journey on a Limb



1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I see, I watch, I think’ therefore, I write. I’ve been writing since I was in my early teens: short stories and short essays, a few of which got published in a school paper; also,  personal stuff, what some now call “expressive writing.” Later, as researcher/program developer, I dealt with facts and analysis in my reports.
Writing is very much a solitary preoccupation, suited to someone like me who grew up an only girl in a family of mostly boys.

2. Describe your book Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1) in 30 words or less. 
This modern pastiche of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell novels is an engaging romp into deep love, with a good dose of realism and a twist of whodunit.

3. What books have had the greatest influence on you?
All Jane Austen novels,  Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. 

4. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
I have two blogs (author and book blogs), give away copies of my books, post on Facebook groups, twitter, and other book sites. Someone did a press release for me once that led nowhere and I even spent money on a publicist who pretty much ran away with my money (bad experience—live and learn).

5. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I do art—digital, oils, acrylics, charcoal. I like portraiture. I also try making new dishes. I’m an adventurous foodie.

6. What are you working on next?
Book 3 of my series, Between Two Worlds. My draft is close to finishing. It goes to beta readers after that, and then to editing. Book 2 (Hello, Agnieszka!) has been out for months.

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