Blogs by Evelyn Horan
Book Review Cafe Interview with Author
12/22/2005 8:42:25 AM
Book Review Cafe -Interview with
Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl
Interview by LISA
Lisa:What inspired this riveting story set in the 1800's?
Evelyn:I fell in love with my characters and I had to see them through their growing up years and to their choice of mates -Helga is first. Jeannie's horse ranch is her dream- so she doesn't want marriage - but there are young men vying for her hand. I also wanted her to eventually have her horse ranch, and also the area is historic. I researched the area and wanted the oil boom in Ranger to feature in the series. It is there in Book Four.
Lisa:When you first wrote "Jeannie," did you intend for a four-part series? How many books do you have wrriten so far?
Evelyn:I wrote with some kind of inspiration because I finished all four books in about six months. I inserted cut out illustrations and had Staples print the pages of all four books. Then I prepared a folder type book for friends and relatives before the first book was sent out for publication. I suppose those will become treasured keepsakes. They have charming illustration inserts.
Lisa:How did you find America House Publishing? Was this your first choice?
Evelyn:I have followed the rejection trail that all authors experience. I have a teen novel, a tragedy, based on family fact and my personal early history, but with several rejections I laid it aside. I shall begin "polishing" it for future submission.
Because I am a "senior citizen" and I felt the need to have my Jeannie series available as soon as possible, therefore, I was delighted to be offered a contract by Publish America one of my first publishers I sent for submission, and I looked no further. Bethany House was sorry they had waited so long to review the manuscript when I wrote them I had accepted a contract with Publish America. They wished the book well.
Lisa:Besides working on the series for "Jeannie," what other projects do you have in mind?
Evelyn:The series is uppermost in my concern. Money and fame are not the motivation. It is important to me that children receive this wholesome, family-values book to help reinforce their confidence, as they face their daily experiences in our modern day world with its varied temptations and continuous need to make appropriate choices in direction, as they mature and grow up.
*Author's Note:The author is being called "The Modern Day Laura Ingalls Wilder," and the book is being likened by reviewers and readers to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. I couldn't be more proud of the comparison, and I send my thanks and apprecation to all those who so generously are making that comparison.
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