Can you believe it's only about a week until Thanksgiving? If you are like me, this month is flying by. Although I think I say that every month. :)
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author, Marianne Evans. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I realized I wanted to be a writer when I hit the eighth or ninth grade. That’s when I started to give my friends hand-written stories to read. They enjoyed them, so I kept building on that ‘writer’s itch.’ Even then I was writing stories centered on the idea of forever love—I think expressing and finding love is our best characteristic, so I love celebrating that emotion!
I remember writing stories for friends when I was in high school. :) How did you develop a 'love of story'?
My love of storytelling began in the fifth grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Weiss, graded my daily journal submissions for English class. I loved that black and white spotted composition book! She found, and encouraged, my ability to write, complimenting my sense of setting, my word use to express emotion. Other than my parents, she was my earliest champion, and I’ve kept in touch. Sent her a copy of my book Devotion which she says she cherishes!
I had several teachers who encouraged my writing as well. What is your 'how I got published' story?
My ‘How I Got Published’ story begins with one word. Perseverance. I was rejected so many times at the start of my career that I could likely stack those slips of paper on top of one another, throw a linen cloth over the top, and create a really nice end table for my living room. I refused to give up. I kept at it until I sold to Kensington. From there, I followed God’s call to move from secular romance to Christian fiction and romance and haven’t looked back since. After a brief hiatus to raise kids (and college funds!) I returned to writing with a clear purpose by signing on with Pelican Book Group where I’ve released over twenty five books.
Wow! That's wonderful. Congratulations. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I want my readers to feel uplifted and affirmed after reading my books. My faith and my prayers texture every book I write because my books come from God, not me, and I want to honor Him with every word. I create stories that celebrate love and the journey of finding/re-discovering faith and I hope they resonate with readers and bring them closer to Christ.
Those are some great themes. What are you working on now?
I’m presently working on a three-book series for Pelican Book Group called ‘The Fisher Men of Antioch.’ The stories center on a modern-day farm family living in small town northern Indiana. Each book will stand alone, but will include the theme of finding love and making a way through sometimes tricky life circumstances that draw them closer to Christ.
They sound interesting. Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury, Rachel Hauck, and Denise Hunter. They write the kind of stories I love to read, and tell, so I’ve always been a fan of their works.
Those are some great ones. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
My most difficult writing challenge is finding consistent, uninterrupted time to sink into my creative zone and simply write. Work, family, writing (and everything that goes along with it!) require balance, and fine-tuning that balance when necessary. It’s never easy, but always worth it!
I know what you mean. Balance can be difficult. One final question. How can readers stay in touch with you?
Thank you so much for stopping by today, Marianne. I pray the Lord blesses your writing.