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Eva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.

She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.

Her latest book is BURIED IN MY PAST.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website  → http://evamackenzie.com

Goodreads  → http://goodreads.com/evamackenzie

Facebook  → http://facebook.com/eva.mackenzie.3762

INTERVIEW

Would you call yourself a born writer?

 I would say I am a born storyteller. I am still working on my craft, as all writers need to. The way stories are told is fluid and constantly changing. This is true for the genre you write in. I enjoy reading all kinds of genres for this reason. I also dabble in the classics to read how they would tell stories for their audience.

What was your inspiration for Buried in My Past?

It’s a story I kicked around for a long time (over a decade) and it’s changed a lot. I would say the original inspiration was a memorable experience at a summer camp in my youth. I try to understand why some people do what they do and this extra thought helped bring the story to the finish. It’s not always the case that bad people do bad things or vice versa. I enjoy pulling apart the layers and allowing the reader to identify with the villain. Maybe not love the hero all the time. Pulling at these emotions and digging deeper.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I honestly don’t know. It took me over ten years to write the first draft. After that it took me two years to rewrite, work with my editors, work with cover designers and get it ready. So, in short, a very long time.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I am disciplined within the confines of my limited time. I get up at 5 am to write in the morning before I get the kids up. My best time of day to write is in the morning, when my mind is fresh. During nap times on my days off (I work part time), I will usual edit or do marketing projects. And if I work after the kids go to bed it is usually edits. I also read often—so I may take a break and read in the evening.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Making the plot come together exactly how I saw it in my mind. You may have a great story idea, but unless you can lay them out to be subtle and entertaining, what’s the point of having a great idea? It’s a balance and maintaining that balance always takes skill and hard work and guidance from the editors is a big help, too.

What do you love most about being an author?

I love being a storyteller. I have a spark of an idea that after a while gains a life of its own through thought and craft. I want to give people a map that leads them on a journey where they don’t know what they will find until they get there. I like to make people feel emotions; sad, happy, sexy, angry. That is what I love about telling stories.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I have never tried to go the traditional publishing route. I like having full creative control and I love hiring other professionals to make the books great. I am blessed to have a supportive husband who encourages me and the path I have chosen. Don’t get me wrong, it is a TON of work, but that’s part of the reason I love it. I love to be engaged and working toward a goal. After every book I finish I am still left with, ‘I just did that’, and it’s an amazing feeling to have.

About the Book

She’s desperate to stop the panic attacks. But the truth won’t set her free…

Jamie Kendal sees life through the bottom of a bottle. After surviving assault and betrayal, she is forced back to her hometown to care for her mother. Not long after her return, she’s plagued by terrifying slivers of memories from the night her twin brother disappeared forever…

Unearthing new evidence, she’s shocked to learn she’d been found wandering in the woods that same night—covered in blood. More than one person from her past hid the haunting truth that’s bubbling to the surface. The deeper she digs into the horrors from her past, the more she fears almost anyone could be a killer, including Jamie herself.

Can Jamie expose what happened that night, or will she join her missing brother?

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John DeSimone is a published writer, novelist, and teacher. He’s been an adjunct professor and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. His recent co-authored books include Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan (Little A Publishers), and Courage to Say No by Dr. Raana Mahmood, about her struggles against sexual exploitation as a female physician in Karachi. His published novel Leonardo’s Chair published in 2005.

In 2012, he won a prestigious Norman Mailer Fellowship to complete his most recent historical novel, Road to Delano. His novels Leonardo’s Chair and No Ordinary Man have received critical recognition.

He works with select clients to write stories of inspiration and determination and with those who have a vital message to bring to the marketplace of ideas in well-written books.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website  → https://www.johndesimone.com/

Twitter  → https://twitter.com/JRDeSimone

Facebook  → https://www.facebook.com/bookwriter718/

About the Book

Jack Duncan is a high school senior whose dream is to play baseball in college and beyond―as far away from Delano as possible. He longs to escape the political turmoil surrounding the labor struggles of the striking fieldworkers that infests his small ag town. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died under suspicious circumstances ten years earlier, he’s had to be the sole emotional support of his mother, who has kept secrets from him about his father’s involvement in the ongoing labor strife.

With their property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it so he and his mother don’t become homeless. On the road, an old friend of his father’s shows up and hands him the police report indicating Jack’s father was murdered. Jack is compelled to dig deep to discover the entire truth, which throws him into the heart of the corruption endemic in the Central Valley. Everything he has dreamed of is at stake if he can’t control his impulse for revenge.

While Jack’s girlfriend, the intelligent and articulate Ella, warns him not to so anything to jeopardize their plans of moving to L.A., after graduation, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, a star player on the team, to help to save his mother’s land. When Jack’s efforts to rescue a stolen piece of farm equipment leaves Adrian―the son of a boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez―in a catastrophic situation, Jack must bail his friend out of his dilemma before it ruins his future prospects. Jack uses his wits, his acumen at card playing, and his boldness to raise the money to spring his friend, who has been transformed by his jail experience.

The Road to Delano is the path Jack, Ella, and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, their destiny.

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Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Certainly the desire to write, I remember from grade school. But desire alone doesn’t make someone a writer. For various reasons, I put off pursuing the inclination. Most of spare time was spent reading eclectically, and began writing seriously in my 30s. So for me it’s been a long road. I went through many years of learning to write that I think made me the writer I am.

What was your inspiration for Road to Delano?

When I ran across a book of essays on the history of nonviolence beginning with the life of Socrates, I had no idea where my reading journey would lead me. The penultimate essay surprised me. Just before the excerpts from Martin Luther King’s speeches, which I anticipated reading, was a brief bio of Cesar Chavez. Followed by a series of excerpts from a biography by Jacques Levy. The subject of nonviolent action took hold of my imagination. The life of one man who used nonviolent action in a most innovative way stood out to me.

After I finished reading Levy’s book, I found many more to read on Cesar Chavez and his movement. I began searching used bookstores and library stacks. The characters and plot of a novel began to take shape. In the Delano City library, a librarian offered me a cardboard box of newspaper clippings stretching from the late 1950s through the 1970s. This was the only collection of clippings I could find, as the local newspaper did not maintain an archive. From the clippings of front-page articles and op-ed pieces, I heard the voices of the growers in their own words. My story began to grow and take on different dimensions. My inspiration for Sugar I found in an essay on a shelf in a used bookstore. His gambling and death are my imagination, but not his desire to seek change in the valley. I am so thankful for librarians and the local bookstore owners, new and used, who keep the repositories of our history available to the public.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Five years.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

So much of my time is spent reading to come up with the story line. I learned over the years, to make my writing effective, I needed to tap into the historical. So when I write, I have notes, articles, and other information I’ve collected available. I start early, as I am writing this at 5 am on a Friday morning. And I set a word count, usually 1500 words as my goal, which I can often reach by noon.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

In the beginning of writing fiction, the most challenging thing was to gain full mastery over my sentences. So that they said exactly what I wanted them to, and they made sense to the reader. Then it was the mastery of emotion on the page.

What do you love most about being an author?

I can’t imagine doing anything else, because I’ve had to do so many other things to get here today where I can write full time. The full expression of my creative ideas is the most satisfying experience.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

Rare Bird is a traditional publisher. The process of selling a novel is never easy. I am happy with it, because it’s being well published, and getting solid reviews. So after so much work, to see it reach the public, is satisfying.

 

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