Today I have as my guest another jubilee writer, children’s author Eve Culley. Her love of storytelling bloomed after her children were grown. I am encouraged you followed your passion, Eve. Please, share with my readers a little about your writing journey.
I started writing while I was in grade school. I continued writing through high school and then I allowed marriage children, college, and missionary work to slowly push my writing aside. Instead I told stories to my children and grandchildren. There were sporadic times of writing but they were few and far between. The need to put words on paper surfaced when I retired. My joy as a writer and a storyteller bloomed again.
What is your latest published project?
My second book, Further Adventures in Barn Town, is due out the end of Aug. to the first of Sept. 2017. It is to be published by Clean Reads. Adventures in Barn Town, was published Feb. 2016 by Clean Reads.
How do you research for your childrens book?
I research my stories in several ways. I pick peoples brains about the subject. I read, read, read either on the internet or in books about the subject and I “people” watch for the interaction and resolving of issues. I say “people” watch when actually I am watching the animals I write about.
What inspired you to write your books?
I have all these story lines bouncing around in my head: main story lines, back stories of the characters. I write more fluidly, I think, than I speak and the stories push/demand to be let out. When the story is on paper, the characters are fleshed out, then there is room for the next story to push to be let out. But you asked what inspired me to write. Hmmm. It would have to be the interaction between my characters. I hear them speak in their own voices and they tell me their stories. I just write what they tell me.
When did you realize your calling to create words on paper to share with the world?
I have always been told that I needed to be quiet, that I talked too much. So I created worlds where I was in control, where I was safe. Writing, putting words on paper did that for me allowing that need to be fulfilled. I write for me, not so much the world. I am very thankful to the good Lord that people like to read my work, but truth be told, even if they didn’t I would still write.
Do you have a favorite verse that resonates with you?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?
Carve out a time between schooling, marriage, kids and continue to write. What you need, what you desire is just as important as the rest of things.
Who is your best support system to keep you focused on your writing?
My hubby is great about picking up my slack when I am writing, but I have to say that it is the work itself that keeps calling me back to finish, to start a new work, to continue to write.
What is your favorite genre to read for fun?
The “who-done-its”. Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason), Dashiell Hammett(the thin man) and the like.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a T.V. tray set up in the living room with my laptop in front of my big recliner, that way I can be with my hubby as I write. I pretty much tune everyone and everything out but at least I am there. (grin)
More about Eve Culley:
During the 1970’s and 80’s, my husband and I were missionaries working in the United States. We worked in different church print shops where Bibles, New Testaments, and individual books of the Bible were printed in different languages and shipped around the world. We traveled across the U.S. to raise money for paper, ink and shipping cost for the Bibles. A lot of travel was required to gather the necessary money needed. As we traveled I would tell stories to our two young sons of adventure, heroes, and villains.
Once our sons grew into adulthood the stories stopped. When our grandchildren would visit, the stories were requested again until they too grew out of them. But the story telling refused to die and go away. Instead a hunger grew in me to put my stories on paper and books grew out of them. I write adventures for children to read, believe in and take life lessons from.
Story-telling is as much a part of me as breathing. I have found that I have to tell stories and put them on paper. I need to make room for the other stories that are building in my mind and will need to be told soon. So, enjoy the ride. Stripe, the Sheriff, and even Rooster Cogburn have a lot of fun they want to share with you.
Eve Culley – blog https://barntown.blog/
You can order Adventures in Barn Town online at Amazon or Barnes and Nobel
I hope Eve’s story inspires you to follow your writing dream. It’s never too late. I’ve been posting a lot of interviews lately because I believe hearing other writer’s stories keeps us all focused on the journey to publication. It reminds us to never give up. If you have any questions for Eve post them in the comment section.
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