Hello and Hi-ya from Eva Marie Everson. I’ve been asked by my dear friend (and Belle) Rachel Hauck to join the ranks of these lovely ladies and what a privilege to do so.
So, a little bit about me … in case you don’t know who I am already (and don’t feel badly if you don’t. I often struggle with who I am as well …).
When I’m asked, “When did you start writing?” my obvious answer is “At about the age of six.” Which is true, of course. But I know what folks really want to know is when I started to write professionally. The answer is a little convoluted. I began writing for a children’s ministry in 1996/1997 and, about the same time, I joined up with a team of four other writers to form a critique group. That group, now called Word Weavers International, is now about 600 members strong and active across the world. I currently serve as the president of WWI … and as one of the two directors for Florida Christian Writers Conference (which is owned by WWI).
But my first work was not published until 1999. Since that time, I have had about 30 works published, I’ve won a number of awards, and seen my name on a best-seller list (all of which is pretty cool …).
Currently, I have a series with Baker Publishers called “The Cedar Key Novels.” While the novels have many of the same characters, they are not dependent on each other. In other words, you don’t have to read one to understand two … and two to understand three. The first novel, Chasing Sunsets, won several awards, including the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and a Maggie Award). The second, Waiting for Sunrise, also won a Maggie and finaled for a Christy Award. The third, Slow Moon Rising, which has only just released, won a “best cover” award. (One look at what a fabulous job the Baker people did and you’ll see why …)
I’m also trying something new at my blogsite. Year ago I wrote a novel that was supposed to be published but then we “traded” it for another novel … So, now, I’ve pulled “The Abduction of Becky Potter” out of the 3.5 floppy disk, dusted it off, and I’m offering it “a chapter a day” so to speak for free. Check it out and let me know what you think.
I’ve done a bunch of other stuff that would probably bore you senseless … so I will conclude with two of the most important parts of my life: 1) my faith. I am a seminary grad and student (I’m going to finish my Masters in Old Testament Theology if I’m 90 when I do!) and 2) my family. I have lost both of my godly wonderful parents to Heaven (“Have fun with Jesus, Mother and Daddy!”), but I still have my amazing little brother … the most beloved husband (I call him my huggy hubby), and three terrific adult kids with their equally terrific spouses, and six grandchildren. I am pretty much “owned” by my dogs, Poodar and Hope, who I call “Poods” and “Hopey.”
So! That’s me in a nutshell! Now tell me about you!