Why did you write THE IMMORTALS? Bottom line: writing it saved me. When my husband, Matt, was in Iraq for fifteen months on the front lines of the war I kept a journal about my feelings, the strong women I met, the difficulties of raising our daughter, Molly, alone, how different I felt from many of the other Army wives, my concerns about how few wives would tell their stories; I knew that I had the makings of a book about spiritual awakening so I finally sat down and made myself write. Originally, I wrote a memoir but -- fortunately -- it was a little boring. A friend suggested that I fictionalize my story which gave me a huge amount of freedom to use my own experiences projected onto the fictionalized characters in THE IMMORTALS.
When will THE IMMORTALS be available for purchase? Available for pre-sale here!
What are your hobbies? Besides writing and reading, I love eating really fresh and delicious food, yoga, taking long walks in the woods with Matt & Molly and our dogs, riding horses, lying on the beach under a hot sun listening to the waves crash on the sand, and all things culinary. I’m also interested in interior design and architecture which is why I spend far too much time looking at Pinterest. And, of course, travel. What a better way to learn about the world.
Have you written before? For about eight months I wrote a blog called Fig-n-Fennel which focused on food and my stories around food. It was really hard work writing the stories, finding recipes, photographing the meals. I have a great appreciation for food bloggers who can sustain a weekly post.
Do you have pets? Three dogs and two cats. Our black Labs are Mr. Pamuk and Maybellene. Our cats are Genghis Khan and Don Gatto.
What does your husband do? Matt Eversmann is a professional motivational speaker who is represented by Keppler Speakers. If you are interested in booking him for an event click here.
Authors you like? John Updike, Anne Lamott, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Wally Lamb, Upton Sinclair, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Louisa May Alcott, Ann Patchett, Nora Ephron, and Eckhart Tolle.
Books you love? Frankenstein, Native Son, Winesburg Ohio, Rabbit Run, Gone With the Wind, Atonement, Snow Flower & The Secret Fan, Charlotte's Web, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, The Witching Hour, The Poisonwood Bible, A Separate Peace, To Kill A Mockingbird -- and cookbooks!
If you were an animal, what would you be? One of my dogs.
If you had a personal motto, what would it be? Believe in your own abilities.
If you had a time machine, where would you go and why? For one day I'd like to experience pre-automobile; perhaps check out turn-of-the-century Mt. Vernon in Baltimore where there is Parisien-esque architecture and cobblestone streets.
If you could give your 10-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Be weird in your own way. We are all weird. Life is weird. And when we find weirdness in the world that makes us want to work hard, we call it passion.
If you could have created any work of art by another artist, what would it be? Anything by Annie Lennox. I can't sing or read music. What a beautiful legacy to leave behind.
If you ruled the world, what’s the first thing you would change? Intolerance and the word "but".
If you had a superpower, what would it be? I’d be invisible so I wouldn’t have to explain anything to anybody.
If this were the last day of your life, what would you be doing? Eating cacio e pepe, antipasti, and gelato with a bottle of chianti at Sira e Ramino (in Tuscany) with Matt and Molly, surrounded by love.