I'm a realist in my writing, as well as my art. I don't have as much imagination as many other writers—a handicap (or strength) that comes from my training (Ph. D., University of Illinois) and experience as a mental health researcher/evaluator and program developer. I'm also a flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer. So, I watch, and observe. And listen. That's where the meat of my writing comes from.
But I’m also a sucker for happy endings. I find enough that depresses me about real life, but seek no catharsis by writing about it. I want escape, entertainment. I don’t strive to enlighten. Not consciously, anyway, but because my previous training has given me a bias, I’m interested in the inner lives of characters, including the passages they go through.
As an author of love stories, I’m inspired by Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell and their awesome feminist heroines. So, I tend not to rely on broad shoulders and heaving bosoms. Instead, I go into protagonists' thoughts and emotions, their conflicts and their joy, their struggles to reach balance and grow. My novels deal with insecurities and disappointments, love/hate relationships with parents, characters who seem to behave out-of-character, and even life events not typically included in romantic fiction.
I have an author website: Evy Writes at http://evyjourney.com
My musings on art, travel (mostly Paris where I have stayed for months), eating, and state of being and some of my paintings are on: Journey on a Limb at http://eveonalimb.com.
Where to find E Journey online
Hello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds, Book 2)
A passion for music. Shattered dreams. A second chance. Such was Agnieszka's past life, but to Justin and Elise, she is only a mother who plays piano exceptionally well. Her oldest son's suicide attempt forces her to reveal thorny relations with a mother weighed down by her roots, a lusty grand-aunt who betrays her, and a deep but tragic first love. Baring her soul cements her bond with Elise.
Hello, My Love! (Between Two Worlds, Book 1)
Beyond broad shoulders and heaving bosoms: Hello, My Love! (Book 1, Between Two Worlds) is a thoughtful woman's romance novel. A modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell novels, it is a tale of deep love, refreshing and different in its realistic spin and spiced with a twist of whodunit.
Margaret of the North
An enduring love. A guilty pleasure. Margaret Hale is intelligent, independent-minded, passionate about her concerns. A Victorian feminist. The story takes off from the titillating ending of the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, North and South, but characterization is informed largely by her book. This sequel is written in a tone and style that pays homage to Gaskell and Jane Austen.
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