Interview with E.B. Favé

What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for "Emmaline's Much, Much Too Big Wings" actually came to me the morning I learned I was pregnant with my daughter. I just love that inspiration hit in such a magical moment full of creativity (and new life).

My daughter has continued to be a powerful source of inspiration and motivation for me as a writer and Indie Author. She often participates as a treasured first-reader and valued voice of my target audience. I strive to ensure my works live up to her expectations, and bring joy to other parents and children.
Why do you use a pen name?
I love the creativity and possibilities of a pen name. Initially, I chose a pen name because I wanted something that would really resonate with my readers, and give them confidence that my works would be worthy of their readership.

Once I settled on E.B. Favé, this pen name has also offered clarity and importance to this one "hat" I wear (among many others on any given day).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full-time at a start-up focused on making parental leave easier for parents and companies (another passion of mine), I'm a mom, wife, and through Smashwords I get to be an artist (still desperate for more time to dedicate to her craft).

My husband and I also value travel very highly and are constantly finding new ways to feed our wanderlust. Our thirst for adventure has taken us across the world with our daughter to South Africa, Thailand, Central America, many places throughout Europe and beyond. When long distance travel is not possible, we can frequently be found in the wilderness with our classic 1985 VW Westfalia camper van.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry in early grade school, and would often get caught clapping out syllables in class when I was supposed to be reading assignments. Besides being a poetic-troublemaker, there were several teachers who helped my pieces get published in Children's Anthologies and a specialty magazine by age 11.

Often poetry was (and still is) my go-to outlet for handling big transitions, chewing over life, and generally calming my wildly active imagination. I love the impact that a few mindfully selected words can have for any situation, and hope to share a little joy with my readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing a poem in the 4th grade that I had crafted to careful perfection, yet kept getting feedback that the line-counts didn't match. I was frustrated and finally insisted on having others read my poem out loud to understand what was wrong.

While I don't recall any details about the plot, I know that I used the word "babe" somewhere in the story and discovered that my readers kept switching this to "baby" when they read it to themselves... that made all the difference as baby is two syllables instead of one. I remember this being a really big lesson on writing for my readers, since I can't make them read the words how I would.

I think of this often when I'm writing new stories and am so grateful to have had this early lesson to remind me the value of writing for others.
Published 2016-11-18.
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Books by This Author

Emmaline's Much, Much Too Big Wings
Pre-release—available April 18, 2019. You set the price! Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Emmaline isn’t quite like her sisters and brothers. She can’t fly, flap or flutter like all of the others. Her wings are so big they drag on the ground, but where does she belong and what can she do? Emmaline stumbles, fumbles, tumbles and falls through lands of tangled tree giants and snowy winter wonders on a journey to discover her true purpose in this whimsical, warm-hearted rhyming read.