Writer’s Desk with Eva Marie Everson
I am so excited to have my friend Eva Marie Everson featured on this week’s writer’s desk. Let me introduce you to Eva!
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award-winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world’s greatest grandchildren.
Be sure to stick around until the end of the post for more about Dust plus a chance to win a copy!
Q&A with Eva Marie Everson
Do you have a writing routine? When/Where do you write?
Of course, it always depends on whether or not I’m under contract or I’m actively working on a project. But, typically first thing in the morning. If I let other things ahead of writing, the writing tends to not get done. When I’m “full in,” I have trouble not writing and that’s when I’m also working into late hours … which means I sleep very little. :/
When are you most productive?
Honestly (of course …) in the middle of the night! No one is emailing, no one is texting, no one is posting on Facebook, etc. I seem to go off into my own little world!
What do you snack on or drink while writing?
I try not to snack, but I adore little crackers (my favorite is Chicken in a Biscuit!). I also enjoy hot tea (all year long) with shortbread cookies.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Writer’s what? 🙂 Seriously, I read a good book. Watch an old movie. Take a walk. The muse returns.
What is your outlining process? Are you a pantser/plotter or something in between?
I have an idea for a story and then I create my characters. I spend a lot of time creating my characters. I then let them tell me their story.
Best advice for someone who is just starting out.
Enjoy the ride. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it in the end. Also, invest early on in promotion. Writing the book is one thing, selling it is another.
What are you currently binge-watching: I’m not binge-watching anything right now but as soon as Easter Sunday hits, I’ll binge The Chosen Season 2
Current Read: I’m currently reading Richard Paul Evan’s The Christmas Box Miracle
Favorite song right now: My favorite song right now is–ahem–“Dust in the Wind.” 🙂
Favorite thing to order at Starbucks: When I am at Starbucks, I order a grande London Fog (an Earl Grey tea latte)
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More about Dust:
In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own.
Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.
From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.