I am beyond thrilled to have Eva Marie Everson as my special guest today. I’ve known this outstanding lady since starting my chapter of Word Weavers here in Illinois. She is the founder and president of Word Weavers International. Word Weavers made a profound effect on my life and I’m honor to have her grace my blog.
Yeah, a bit of a fan. Welcome Eva. I like to start by asking authors to share a little about their writing journey.
I’ve written as far back as I can remember, and before I could put pen to paper, I made up stories and acted them out in the backyard of my childhood home. In 1996, I began writing for a children’s ministry. Then, in 1997, I began working on my first novel. Somehow, I knew it would be published! And it was; it was my third book published of the forty I’ve published since.
Forty is an impressive number. What is your latest published project?
What inspired you to write your book?
The book came as an idea that formed after hearing the song Dust in the Wind by the 1970s rock band KANSAS. I questioned whether the lines in the chorus were true—are we just “dust in the wind” or do our lives really matter? And what about those who seem to be the “ordinary lives” of “ordinary people”? Can they leave extraordinary legacies? The story followed from there.
Wow! You have my attention. I have my copy and can’t wait to dig in. What kind of research was involved with this book?
I didn’t have to do a lot of research for this one. It begins in 1965 and goes to present time, all of which I lived through.
So did it. 😊
Do you have a favorite verse that resonates with you? John 6: 68: Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Such a powerful verse.
Here are two questions I love asking authors.
If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing, what would that be?
Don’t wait. Do it.
Who is your best support system to keep you focused on your writing?
My Word Weavers Page 6 group.
Word Weavers is a wonderful supportive on so many levels.
Writers are told to read. What is your favorite genre to read for fun?
I read a variety for fun and I am hopelessly hooked on anything by Richard Paul Evans. We don’t write alike, but my books are often next to his on bookshelves (Evans/Everson). So, since he is a multi-multi-multi bestseller, that doesn’t hurt me too much! 😊
I’ll have to check him out.
Before you go, I want to know where is your favorite place to write?
In my office. I seem to slide into another world when I’m here (I’m here now).
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I’m posting the back cover copy of Dust to tantalize my readers.
Can an ordinary life leave an extraordinary legacy?
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.
More about Eva Marie Everson
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple award-winning bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, the managing editor of Firefly Southern Fiction, and a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband are owned by a very spoiled cat. They make their home in Central Florida.
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