Evadeen Brickwood

Biography

I grew up in Germany and studied cultural sciences and languages, while traveling extensively as a teenager and in my twenties. Many of my books were inspired by such travel experiences, which were all on a shoestring budget. It forced me to go out and meet people and improvise. Of course, everybody thought I was reckless, but I just didn’t have the money to stay in hotels and guesthouses. In 1988, I moved to Africa with a boyfriend and worked in Botswana as a language teacher and secretary. The move was not well-prepared and when the relationship floundered, it became difficult to live as a single female in the expatriate community. Returning to Europe was out of the question and promising South Africa seemed a better option in the early nineties. For a while there were plans to move to Hong Kong, where some of my former colleagues from Botswana had lived. Eventually I settled in Johannesburg and embarked on my South African life. Things were different to what I had expected and after a while, it became my home. I met and married my German husband and raised 2 daughters with him, studied computers and management of training, worked as a corporate software trainer, opened a training consultancy and was active in business committees. But times were tough for us financially and I decided to go back to translating and teaching. I don't know how I found the energy to write books as well, but I guess I needed a creative outlet. Things went well with the books and although nobody in South Africa wanted to publish children's books at the time, I found a publisher. Then another one. An order for 25,000 copies of 'Children of the Moon' was processed when the economic crisis hit and my publisher had to close. Everything came to a grinding halt. We are still in Johannesburg and now my daughters are doing the studying and travelling, while I – still happily married -work and write my books at home (which I don’t really consider work). I keep on writing and all my books are going online with Smashwords now.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book 'The Speaking Stone of Caradoc' is the sequel to 'Children of the Moon'. Three young time travelers continue to explore the exciting ancient world they find themselves in, 12,000 years in the past. They take a journey by ship to the remnants of a sunken continent. I'd collected a lot of notes on legends about Atlantis, Greece and the British Isles and took the liberty of changing them quite a bit to fit in with my own ideas. I'd read one of the books, the Mabinogion, when I was in my first semester at university a long time ago. The islands of Mallorca and Madeira also lent some inspiration to the storyline and I adapted the fictional language to include some Gaelic and Mediterranean expressions. The theme of book 2 is WATER and that's where most of the action happens.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My last publisher closed down when the economic crisis struck in 2008. I followed the advice by the Random House children's book editor and started writing novels for adults. Unfortunately, most agencies I contacted had been kicking authors off their lists and publishers didn't even have a look at the material. I translated books into German and tried my luck with German publishers and agencies with the same result. Actually some took interest, but more conservative editors always found the stories too exotic. I was fed up and wanted to move on to publishing. The point of writing books is to share them with readers, after all. A best-selling German author, who had found an agency when it was still easier (according to him), gave me the advice to try online-publishing and gave me some tips. When I did some research, I found out about Smashwords.
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Where to find Evadeen Brickwood online


Videos

An Animated Picturebook
A Slideshow based on Children of the Moon

Interview In Johannesburg
Evadeen Brickwood speaks to Musician Bernard Griesel about "Remember the Future", her time travel adventure series for kids

Books

The Speaking Stone of Caradoc
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Series: Remember the Future, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,320. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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the story picks up where ‘children of the moon’ left off. katherine, chryseis and trevor sail on a prehistoric ocean to the island of d’ântilla. When they arrive, the discovery of a stolen speaking stone soon leads to their arrest. the time travelers encounter many dangers before they find out why everybody in the ancient ‘known world’ seems to be after this coveted stone
Children of the Moon
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Series: Remember the Future, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,540. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Ancient Civilizations
during a springtime school outing, katherine, trevor and chryseis find a timeportal and go on the journey of their lives. In a world, 12,000 years in the past, things were very different - or were they? their trip leads to a series of adventures, but the three time travelers would never have expected this from prehistory.

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