20 Q’s with Women’s Fiction Author Evy Journey
Today’s guest is Evy Journey, author of HELLO, ANGIESZKA. Here are 20 things you may or may not know about Evy!
- Are you a morning writer or a night writer?
Both. I don’t have a set schedule. I may start as early as nine o’clock, stop before my lunch hour. I may write some more at about 11 PM and go on until 2 AM.
- Do you outline or are you a pantster?
Neither. I don’t outline, but I do think through and imagine my characters in a scene before I write it. Sometimes, characters dictate what happens.
- Which comes first – plot or character?
For me, it’s character. I think the situations we get ourselves into as well as how we react to them are very much influenced by our character. Maybe if I wrote fantasy or sci-fi, plot would come first.
- Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?
Quiet, with occasional classical music.
- Favorite TV show?
I’m almost ashamed to admit I don’t watch television—not since the internet began to be a more wide-ranging source of information and entertainment. But I do watch a movie a night. Blame it on Netflix.
- Favorite type of music?
I’m eclectic. I have a large music library full of classical music, the Beatles, and folk rock (Bob Dylan and company).
- Favorite craft besides writing?
Art. I paint in oil, acrylic, pastel, and on my iPad.
- Do you play a musical instrument?
Not anymore. I used to dabble with guitar chords.
- Single or married?
- Children or no?
No. My husband is allergic to animal hair.
- Favorite place to write?
My red armchair, my laptop on my lap.
- Favorite restaurant?
More than one: Kiraku for Japanese; Commis for fine dining; Hashtag Poki for something quick.
- Do you work outside the home?
I used to. I was a researcher and program developer in the area of mental health
- What was the name of the last movie you saw?
Jane Eyre with MiaWasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Best film version of Jane Eyre I ever saw. On Netflix, of course.
- Favorite outdoor activity?
- Pet peeve?
Looking for parking.
- Your goal in life?
To reach the end still kicking, writing, and painting.
- Your most exciting moment?
My son’s birth, by natural means. Incredible experience—seeing that wet, slippery creature coming out of you and hollering his lungs out. You think, “I made that beautiful little being.” With his father, off course.
- The love of your life?
My husband; my son, too.
About the Author
Evy Journey has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales. SPR (Self Publishing Review) awarded Evy the 2015 Independent Woman Author bronze for her writing.
She’s lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she’s ended up in Paris, though—her favorite place in the world. She’s an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say.
The mind is what fascinates her most. Armed with a Ph.D., she researched and spearheaded the development of mental health programs. And wrote like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, in 2012, she began to write fiction (mostly happy fiction) as an antidote.
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About the Book:
Title: HELLO, AGNIESZKA
Author: Evy Journey
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Elise thought she knew her mother. Agnieszka Halverson is a caring woman, a great cook, and an exceptional piano player; but living in a secure, predictable world, she’s also a little dull. Her world is devastated when her oldest son attempts suicide, and Elise finds her mother has a past—both sweet and bitter—that she must now reveal to explain the suicide attempt. A past rich with a passion for music and shattered dreams, betrayal of a sweet but tragic first love, second chances and renewed hopes.
Born to immigrant parents weighed down by their roots, Agnieszka takes solace in learning to play the piano, taught by a sympathetic aunt who was a concert pianist in Poland before World War II. But when her aunt betrays her and her parents cast her aside for violating their traditional values, can Agnieszka’s music sustain her? Can she, at eighteen, build a life on her own?
When she finally bares her soul to her children, Agnieszka hopes they can accept that she has a past that’s as complex as theirs; that she’s just as human, just as vulnerable as they are. But do her revelations alienate her husband and can they push Elise farther away from her?
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