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Eva Marie EversonEva Marie Everson is an author, speaker, teacher, wife and mother. She has a passion for studying and teaching the Old Testament and for anything that draws people into a deeper relationship with God.

Favorite Verse: John 6:66-68You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him,"Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

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 Christianbook.com Interview with Eva Marie Eversoon


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
 
I am a wife. A mother. A grandmother. I write primarily Southern Fiction novels. Have won a few awards, which is nice, but what I really like is hearing from fans of my work who say, “This inspired me…” or “…changed me.” Hearing “I love your work!” just means so much.

What inspired your interest in Cedar Key?

I went to Cedar Key in search of a writer’s hideaway after the 2004 hurricane season that just took Florida by surprise and left her in shambles. The place I’d gone previously was no longer visit-able. I started asking around for suggestions; my hairdresser told me about “CK.” I grabbed a friend of mine, we drove the two-plus hours to get there and…I have to tell you…I fell in love with it the minute my foot hit the soil. It’s like time forgot it. Or perhaps, it forgot time. Either way, it’s my little heaven on earth.

How did you come up with the concept for Chasing Sunsets?

I had gone to CK with that same friend for the umpteenth time. We were lounging around inside the condo, flipping through magazines. I came across an ad for Liz Claibourne’s spring line (you can see a sample of the ad at my CK Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/3p2enph) and immediately the whole story  came to mind. I turned the ad toward my friend and said, “See this? Here’s the story…” A few years later, I presented the story idea to my editor at Baker Publishing Group, she loved it, they contracted me. I just turned in Book 2 in the series and am working on Book 3.

You layered Chasing Sunsets with several tough issues, from dealing with the courts both divorce and child custody, to dealing with the issue of alcoholism, is there a reason you delved into both areas?

I know these areas. I have friends who have had to deal with child custody/visitation issues. I have had to deal with them (though in a different format) and they are just tough all the way around. No one wins. Everyone loses. I was inspired to write about alcoholism because I’ve had family members who were closet alcoholics, I’ve had one friend in particular who—though a wonderful Christian—was a closet alcoholic. This is also a “no win” situation. Both situations are all over the church but the church doesn’t want to “talk about it.” So, I put it in fiction form, knowing it would get people to talking.
My work is drawn from the fodder of my life. If it’s in my life, I know I cannot be alone.

Can you explain a bit more about Al-Anon?

Sure. Al-Anon is a support group for those who are family members or the loved ones of someone who is an alcoholic. It’s a part of Alcoholics Anonymous, just like Al-Ateen is for the teenage children of alcoholics. Support, information, education.

Is any part of Chasing Sunsets factual?  

Everything a writer does is somehow based on fact. But 90% of it just comes from my head. There is a Cedar Key. There are some of the people and places I talk about. I’ve sat in those courtrooms (in the beginning of the book), I’ve been on those boat rides (once Kimberly reaches CK), I’ve walked those trails and been on those islands that dot the CK horizon. I’ve watched those sunrises and those sunsets. Glorious!

But I have no “first-love-return” experience. 

How closely is Chasing Sunsets based on your life experiences? 

Not hardly at all. (See above)

How long did Chasing Sunsets take you to complete?

I write a novel in about six months, though I’m given a year.

Do you have a favorite character in Chasing Sunsets? (besides Max) Why?

I love Patsy…the second book is her story. Everyone loves Patsy! And Oreo, her cat! Of course I’m really fond of Steven and Kimberly…

 

How much research did Chasing Sunsets take?

Oh, the suffering of going to CK several times!! (LOL) A pretty good bit. There’s such history in CK. I wanted to get it all right. I wanted to truly feel as though I could go there for a whole summer, live there, etc. Mostly I just enjoyed soaking up the ambiance of the island.

What were the most interesting facts that you learned while writing and researching Chasing Sunsets?

What amazes me most about CK is how she refuses to die. To know more about her history, go to: http://cedarkey.org/  The history of near-destruction and then resurrection is just amazing. And I love how she won’t let modern life get in the way of her slow and easy lifestyle. It’s just marvelous.

If you’d like to see videos and photographs I have taken while in Cedar Key, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3bhq3ek

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Time. Always wish I had more time.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

The writing. And the traveling. And the teaching (others what I have learned). The teaching is why I enjoy being on faculty at writers conferences so much…and why my work with Christian Writers Guild/Word Weavers is so vital to my work. My life.

What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
  
I am working on Book 3 in the Cedar Key series.

What message would you like your readers to take from Chasing Sunsets?

Our God is the God of second chances…and forgiveness…and taking the past with all its mistakes and making it all right.

What is your greatest achievement?

On a personal level: my marriage and my children.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

I fear that far too many Christians will not recognize Jesus when they see Him face-to-face. They won’t know His heartbeat. For me, my work is about leading readers (and listeners, when I speak) to the heartbeat of God.

What do you do to get away from it all?

We live on a lake…it’s fabulous. I can go right outside and watch the sun dance across the water any time of day I want. I love old movies. Good books. I enjoy knitting. Shopping with friends. Shopping alone! Walking on my treadmill while watching old 60s sitcoms on my DVD player (right now I’m watching a marathon of That Girl) Of course…there’s always Cedar Key!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I hope your readers will make their way to buying a copy of Chasing Sunsets, will read it, enjoy it, and most of all, grow from it!

Thank you for this time!

 


 
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Things Left Unspoken
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