Hi guys! So as you may know, yesterday I finished E.V.’s debut novel The Wish, and I had a few issues with it, but mostly enjoyed it. For the past few days we’ve been in touch, and to show for it, I put together a fun little interview with her. 😀
(There might also be another giveaway coming soon.)
Interview with E.V.
What made you decide you wanted to be a writer? How old were you?
I never set out to be an author although I’ve always enjoyed writing. I knew from an early age I wanted to be a nurse, having a sister that was diagnosed with a very rare disease, I spent most of my childhood days into young adulthood at her bedside during her treatments and recoveries from surgeries. It wasn’t until my oldest son George, was born and at 6 years old was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. His teachers suggested he write stories then read them out loud to me as a form of speech therapy. We started story night where he and I would sit a couple of nights a week writing stories. One of the stories that came out of one of those nights was The Clover, a story that years later turned into The Wish. (You can read the original story, The Clover on my blog at my website. The blog is titled The Clover.)
How long does it take for you to write a book?
It took me about 10 months to write The Wish. The second book in the series took me about the same amount of time.
Would you say you have any writing quirks? If so, what are they?
One writing quirk is that I LOVE rainy days and seem to write the best on those kinds of days. Beautiful, sunny days can sometimes completely turn me off to writing. I need cloudy, rainy, cold days to get the best inspirational ideas.
Where do you get inspiration for your books?
Most of my inspiration comes from my love for mythology + Ireland. I’ve never been to Ireland, but have a very strong desire to someday visit it and the actual sites that are in my book. The inspiration of my characters (just about ALL) come from people in my life or someone I’ve met.
What are some of your hobbies other than writing?
I don’t have many hobbies being that I have 6 children ages 8-17 and work full time. I guess if I had one hobby, that would be coming up with lyrics for a song. I’ve helped my kids with some lyrics, who are in their own band called Summer Monkeys.
What do you think is the most important element of a good story? Why?
For me, I think it’s important to always keep the reader wanting more. To do this, the story can’t be predictable and it needs to have some sort of tension that builds up to a final resolution. I think twists and turns and creative resolutions are key in a good story.
Is writing your only job? If not, what else do you do?
My wish would be that writing would be the ONLY job that can support me some day. But until then, I work as a full time nursing supervisor at a hospital where I am in charge of both the clinical and administrative duties on the off shifts.
When you were young, did you ever want to be something other than a writer? If so, what?
I always wanted to be a nurse, which I am. But sometimes, life will offer you another path unexpectedly, (like me starting to write stories with my son) and a whole new world opens up.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to aspiring writers?
WRITE! You don’t necessarily have to follow the “to do’s” in being a good writer, i.e.., write every day, outline your story or spend thousands on marketing. Just write. If you love what you do, it’s NEVER a waste of time.
What’s one fun fact about you?
I’m kind of a boring person. A secret wish of mine would be to play an instrument, either piano or violin- GOOD! I don’t play any instruments, which is kind of funny because all my 6 kids play anywhere from 2-3 different instruments and they sing!
Do you have a favorite scene in The Wish, or maybe a scene that was fun to write?
One of my favorite scenes in The Wish when Cuchulain (good guy) and O’Dorchaie (bad guy) are fighting to win Jack over. I think it’s a scene that most teenagers are faced with when hurting and need to dig deep within themselves to discover who they really are.
Do you have a favorite character in The Wish? If so, who? Why?
YES! Patrick! He’s a goofball! I can’t quite explain it, but you’ll see once you read the book.
Did you have to do a lot of research on Celtic mythology while writing The Wish?
I did some research to help build a foundation from Celtic mythology, but beyond that, not a lot of research. More research was done for book number 2 and now starting to write book number 3.
Are you currently working on another book? If so, can you tell us anything about it? (the release date realm, a teaser, an excerpt?)
Book number 2 is written and has gone through a first round of edits by me. I started book number 3 a few weeks ago. But, as far as book number 2, I can tell you the reader will see a strong transformation in the main character Jack. My thoughts on the second book’s title is Son of the Gift Keeper.
Huge thanks to E.V. for participating in the interview!
I’m working on putting together a giveaway for a signed, personalized copy of The Wish, and will likely announce it after my current giveaway for Schism is over. 😉
If you’re a fan of mythology, particularly leprechauns and mermaids, then consider picking up The Wish! I gave it 3½ stars. 🙂
And that’s all for this post!
I’m off to make some progress in Hollow City, and maybe watch some BookTube and/or paint. I hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night! ❤
Until next time…
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