10 Questions for Eva Marie Everson
1. Tricia: Last night, my husband was intently reading one of the books he picked up from my bedside table. It was Sex, Lies, and the Media, by this lady named Eva Marie Everson. What led you to writing this book?
Eva: Actually my daughter and I wrote Sex, Lies, and the Media together. I’d been working on a novel series about a redeemed exotic dancer. I knew nothing about the world of exotic dancing and the research I did for the books really opened my eyes to how many young men and women raised in the church were dancing for a living. I determined that media had a huge role in this…I went to my prodigal-returned daughter and as we chatted about it, I thought, “This should be written with her!”
Eva: The idea just sort of came to me while thinking back to sucking on honeysuckle as a child. What would drive a young women (senior in high school) away from her southern home? Where would she go? How would she survive? What could keep her from the love of her family and for how long? What forces would it take to bring her not only to grasp the love of family but also the love of God?
3. Tricia: You’re writing another series, now . . . but it’s just a little different than your first. What’s this series about?
Eva: It’s about too much fun!!! My friend Linda Evans Shepherd and I are writing six novels called The Potluck Club series. We’re working on novel four while the world (we hope!) is reading novel two. This is the story of six women who gather once a month for prayer and food…only the “food” turns into morsels of gossip and the prayer is often questionable. We’ve had a blast but at the same time we are hitting some hard issues within the churches today, especially where women are concerned.
4. Tricia: What’s one thing you’ve changed your attitude about lately?
Eva: Goodness. What a question. Well…I changed my attitude, if you want to call it that, about how I was eating. So I changed my diet and I’ve lost about 14 pounds to date. Yea, me!
5. Tricia: What would brighten your spirits most if you received one of the following today: A gift? A compliment? A declaration of affection?
Eva: Can’t a declaration of affection BE a gift or a compliment??? Compliments tend to embarass me and I do love gifts and I adore hugs from my loved ones! Today is actually my birthday and, quite frankly, I’d rather receive 10 free of charge “Happy birthdays!” from loved ones than 100 expensive gifts from strangers.
6. Tricia: If you could go anywhere on a short-term missions trip, where would you go?
Eva: Hawaii…those people need Jesus! 🙂
Okay, seriously…Israel. While one cannot proselytize there, one can surely make a difference by being there if for the right reasons. Jesus commanded His disciples to begin in Jerusalem and branch out with the Gospel’s message. My heart says that it may be time to return to the place of beginnings and show love to those who, in the name of Jesus, we’ve wounded. This isn’t about “convert or die.” This is about loving those who God has called back to His homeland (known as “aliyah”).
7. Tricia: What is the first thing you do when you’re peering into the blank computer screen, getting ready to start a new project?
Eva: The first things I do is: stretch my back, crack my knuckles, ask God to bless what we’re about to do here, and then turn on some music!
8. Tricia: Palm trees or pines?
Eva: Palm trees WITH pines (that’s where I live, ya know…)
9. Tricia: If you could sum up your personality with a song title, what would it be?
Eva: Hey, Big Spender! …’cause I love shopping…even if I don’t buy anything…I know, that’s not very spiritual, is it??? Actually, I have a few songs I want played at my “going home celebration” and one of them is “For Future Generations” by 4Him. It says:
“I won’t bend and I won’t break
I carry that song in my heart at all times.
10. Tricia: In what practical ways does God help you define your writing goals?
Eva: By virtue of this talent He has placed inside me. I cannot NOT write. That’s the way He created me. It’s in there and this is how it must come out. Words on paper.
For more information about Eva Marie Everson, go to: www.EvaMarieEverson.com