Friday, June 16, 2017

MEET THE AUTHOR: EVY JOURNEY AUTHOR OF HELLO, AGNIESZKA



Evy Journey has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one's way—stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales. SPR (Self Publishing Review) awarded Evy the 2015 Independent Woman Author bronze for her writing.
She's lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she's ended up in Paris, though—her favorite place in the world. She's an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say.
The mind is what fascinates her most. Armed with a Ph.D., she researched and spearheaded the development of mental health programs. And wrote like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, in 2012, she began to write fiction (mostly happy fiction) as an antidote.

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Title: HELLO, AGNIESZKA
Author: Evy Journey
Publisher: Sojourner
Pages: 273
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

Elise thought she knew her mother. Agnieszka Halverson is a caring woman, a great cook, and an exceptional piano player; but living in a secure, predictable world, she’s also a little dull. Her world is devastated when her oldest son attempts suicide, and Elise finds her mother has a past—both sweet and bitter—that she must now reveal to explain the suicide attempt. A past rich with a passion for music and shattered dreams, betrayal of a sweet but tragic first love, second chances and renewed hopes.

Born to immigrant parents weighed down by their roots, Agnieszka takes solace in learning to play the piano, taught by a sympathetic aunt who was a concert pianist in Poland before World War II. But when her aunt betrays her and her parents cast her aside for violating their traditional values, can Agnieszka’s music sustain her? Can she, at eighteen, build a life on her own?

When she finally bares her soul to her children, Agnieszka hopes they can accept that she has a past that’s as complex as theirs; that she’s just as human, just as vulnerable as they are. But do her revelations alienate her husband and can they push Elise farther away from her?

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

Some dead writers inspired me. Jane Austen, for one, with her wry, sometimes funny, observations of the social milieu she moved in. Dostoyevsky, as well, for his insight into the dark corners of the mind and the heart. It seemed so beguiling to explore life and its messiness in the context of stories.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

By 15, I told my parents I wanted to go into journalism. I thought it was a good entry for one seduced by words but is also curious about the world around her. Unfortunately, since my parents controlled the purse strings, I couldn’t major in it. For them, nothing but a career in some scientific field counted. We compromised and I majored in psychology, a social science.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1. This one is among the best I think. I got this from Francine Prose’s book Reading Like A Writer: Read a lot of good fiction and pay attention to how great writers do it.
2. Good writing hinges on the apt word choice. The apt word choice is the word that expresses what you want to say better than any other word. An apt word choice also allows you to be economical in your prose.
3. Self-edit a lot before your work even goes to an editor. And use beta readers drawn from your target audience, if you can.

Are you an avid reader?

Yes.

What are you reading now?

The Cellist From Sarajevo by Steven Galloway; The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

What are you currently working on?

My fifth novel that has no title yet. I think I’m halfway or two-thirds of the way into the book, depending on how I decide to end it.

1 comment:

  1. Happy to be on your blog. By way of thanking you and your readers, Book 1 (Hello, My Love) is free on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIDG12U
    Also free on iBooks and Nook. A fun summer to all!

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