Evelyn K. Lemar is a proud US Army veteran who was raised in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. She received her first publishing credit in the 2006 edition of Chicken Soup for the African-American Woman's Soul. Now Evelyn K. Outlaw, she and her husband, Tracy are enthusiastic empty-nesters who reside on the Chesapeake Bay area of Hampton Roads, Virginia, where they fly kites and race RC cars in their leisure. Her new book, "In Your Dreams," a continuation of her debut novel is scheduled for release later this year.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"...and then I woke up." didn't actually start out as a book, and I didn't wake up one day and decide to write one. I was at work one day bummed out that my boyfriend didn't really go all out for my birthday the week before. Not wanting to depress myself even more by performing my job (which at the time was coding death certificates for the Center for Disease Control) I decided instead to rewrite my birthday weekend. I enjoyed my revised birthday weekend so much that by the end of the work day, I had four chapters.
I gave it to a friend and asked her to tell me what she thought, and a week later she called and told me she had finally finished reading what I wrote. Her response was, "I have one question. And then what happened?" When I insisted I didn't know, she told me, "Well, you need to find out and get to writing!" From there, Ericka and Maurice was born, having changed the names to protect the innocent. And the guilty.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is entitled, "In Your Dreams." It is a continuation of my first book and tells the story of Ericka and Toy, two best friends who seek mental health counseling from the same therapist to help them deal with individual traumas they've each suffered in their lives. When the therapist realizes that the women's stories are unwittingly related and holds the key to each other's healing, she must find a way to get them to share their stories without violating her privilege and costing them their lives.