Today I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine. Anne Evans and I share the same agent. Welcome, Anne. How did you develop a love of story?
I was a voracious reader as a child, burning through books like Little Women, Jane Austen’s novels, Rosemary Sutcliff’s works and Caroline Dale Snedeker’s Ancient World fiction. As soon as I could pick up a pen (and figure out some kind of rudimentary spelling), I began creating my own stories. I finished my first full length novel as a young teenager and let all my friends read it. Throughout high school, my best friend and I had a tradition of giving each other a novel that we’d written in the past months on Christmas Eve. I would always stay up late Christmas Eve reveling in the imaginary world my friend had created.
How neat that you had a friend to share stories with. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
As a preteen.
So you've always had an interest in writing. How does faith play a part in your writing?
My faith in God is a big part of who I am so it can’t help but shine through in my writing. I don’t purposefully put faith themes in my story. I just write and faith becomes an organic part of the story.
I can relate. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Finding time. I’m a mom of multiple young kiddos. Enough said. :)
Chuckle. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
Speaking of snacks, throughout writing book 3 I was very, very nauseous with my second pregnancy. I had to write about food and eating at times in the book because that fit with the story. I distinctly remember battling wave after wave of nausea as I wrote those scenes. If you notice my Book 3 heroine having a strange relationship with food at any point in the story, you now know why. :)
I'm sure it wasn't fun at the time. What is your passion as a writer?
Millennials with few exceptions don’t read Christian fiction. I’m a millennial and even though I write Christian fiction I have to say I too often fall into that statistic. My goal as a writer is to bring Christian fiction to millennials by expanding the scope of what Christian fiction is. I write fiction that deals with the rawness, pain, and ambiguity of life as we humans experience it on this planet. My stories don’t shy away from the struggles and complexities of faith nor paint choices as black and white. I hope, though, that my readers can see a thread of God’s faithfulness in my books.
Intriguing. What are you working on now?
I’m working on a three book series entitled “Radical” that is set in the Middle East. Here’s the book blurb for book 1, Veiled By Privilege
CIA field officer Joe Csontos is desperate to discover Al Qaeda of the Arabian Pennisula’s next target before thousands of Americans die.
Atheist grad student in Middle Eastern studies, Kay Bianchi needs a dissertation project riveting enough to pass muster with her capricious professor. When Kay illegally travels to Saudi Arabia under a false identity, she has no idea the passport holder is betrothed to a high profile terrorist, or that the passport holder’s male relative intends to marry Kay off in seven days.
The moment Joe meets Kay he is attracted to her, but she's some tree-hugging liberal who doesn’t even believe in the second amendment. When the terrorists jeopardize both their lives, they have to work together.
Will Joe and Kay stop the terrorists in time? Can Kay’s love of Islamic culture survive an encounter with Al Qaeda and if it does can a leftist and a right-winger fall in love?
Sounds interesting. Thank you for being with us today, Anne. I pray the Lord blesses your writing. Here's where you can find more about Anne.