Evelina Dunn has always been a romantic, writing at the age of nine when she penned her adventures traveling from California with her family as they joined her step-father in France for a 3-year tour of duty with the United States Air Force. The years spent living in France served to enrich an experience that would last a lifetime for Evelina. Two of her favorite possessions were a worn, leather-bound notebook, and a Brownie camera. Being one of the finalists for the coveted Newberry Award for Juvenile Fiction at the age of 13 served to fuel her increasing literary enthusiasm.
Writing became not only a lovely pastime over the next few decades, but also a way to share her love of gardening as Evelina wrote about life on a 5-acre country home in the Blue Mountain area of Calaveras County, California, sharing highlights in a column for the town newspaper, The West Point News.
These were full and productive days for Evelina in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada, writing business reviews and feature articles as a reporter for The Calaveras Times, another local newspaper, while traveling with her husband throughout the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Retired in 2013, she and her husband now reside in Amador County on one-acre lot just outside of Sutter Creek, where they have lived the past thirteen years. She loves the 1930’s stucco home that a past foreman of the Eureka gold mine once called home. Seasonal flowers flourish and thrive in their gardens, while chickens and one cat enjoy life there. Their seven grandchildren have enjoyed visiting this country haven through the years.
Evelina’s creative writing had a gratifying, 14-year outlet as the editor/publisher of The Gold Country Times, the ‘Good News’ newspaper – formerly known as The Calaveras Times – reaching readers in four counties. There may be a book or two in her future gleaned from her numerous experiences. For now, romance and fantasy unfold on the pages of her most current short story, one of excitement, mystery and intrigue.
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