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Fun Facts About
Evelyn M. Zimmer
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
EMZ: I grew up in Waterford, Michigan. My parents encouraged reading and there were frequent trips to the both the local library and the book stores. Both my parents were creative in their own ways and very enthusiastic in letting me choose my own path. As far as influencing my writing? I’d have to say that when you are raised with two parents that love you and make you feel safe, it enables you to be brave and delve into worlds that maybe aren’t so secure, you feel like you can take risks since there is always somewhere safe to land. My father always told me “What’s the worst thing that can happen? You fail. So what, try it again another away.”
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
EMZ: Strangely I remember the Dick and Jane readers from first and second grade. I felt embarrassed when other kids stumbled over the words when I could read them without assistance. Perhaps empathy is a better word. I think that was the first time I remember thinking that kids weren’t all the same and we shouldn’t be mean just because someone takes longer than you to understand something. But the first book that made a true impression on me was Charlotte’s Web. I remember thinking that “Salutations” was the greatest word ever created and I’ve used it ever since.
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
EMZ: Each day is a new journey, sometimes that journey begins at ten in the morning!
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
EMZ: Sixth grade was the first real writing I felt I did well. Mr. Johnson, my teacher, had a ‘news team’ and I was lucky enough to be one of the journalists on that team. I remember covering the Nixon impeachment. It was heady stuff.
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
EMZ: The creation of new worlds. I love to build things, so why not worlds, populated by people I can play Lord and Master over. It very therapeutic.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
EMZ: Yes. Not counting journalism pieces, because they were based on fact, the first fictional story was in seventh grade creative writing class. It was a short piece using sarcasm. It kinda stuck.
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
EMZ: The only voice you need to listen to is your muse. Don’t write for others, or for fame, write for yourself. Write what you enjoy, the rest will come.
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
EMZ: I’m lucky, I have an office in my home with doors that close out the chaos in my home and windows that draw my muse’s attention when she needs to ponder. My desk is very organized. I have lots of pictures of my family and everything is ergonomically located. I don’t like to search for things and when my desk is messy I find I’m too distracted to work. I must admit to a fondness for office supplies.
ZHP: What is your writing process?
EMZ: First, I have to empty my mind of social media, pay the bills and check my emails. Then I can finally settle down to write, which means re-reading the last couple of paragraphs I was working on last to get my muse engaged.
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
EMZ: Music will sometimes inspire my muse, other times it’s an overheard conversation. Then of course, there are the times when my muse can’t sleep and insists I keep her company.
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
EMZ: Yes and no. When I have a deadline, I’m rather focused and task oriented. I find procrastination strikes when I have time to spare or an idea is still formulating and hasn’t taken on form.
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
EMZ: Let’s face it, everyone wants to be either J.K. Rowing, Stephen King or Anne Rice. The realities are much different. I chose the indie route because the technology of today made it possible to cut out so many middlemen and for me to remain in control of my work.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
EMZ: Ignore it. When inspiration has gone on vacation, just put your ass in the chair, your fingers on the keyboard and type gibberish. Answer emails, write anything. Just write. Your fingers need that muscle memory, the words will flow when they are ready.
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
EMZ: My latest short story was inspired by the five year journey it took for me to find the perfect puppy. I was lucky enough for it to be included in Zimbell House’s charity anthology, Puppy Love: 2015, oddly enough entitled “Puppy Love”.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
EMZ: I’m currently writing a paranormal series, frankly I just enjoy the genre. It’s so much fun to be able to create an entire world and populate it with whomever or whatever I choose and no one can gainsay me. My current series is about a family of sisters that have unusual abilities. There is a war tearing their world apart which forces some to step up to leadership roles and others to cling to the old ways. I’m still in the developmental stages.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
EMZ: I would love to say yes, but the truth is no. I tell the story that my muse is dictating, then I hope the fans will like it.
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
EMZ: My leisure time is spent mostly with friends and family, I love to travel and wish I could do more of it. Gardening, cooking, reading, writing, movies…these are things I really enjoy doing. My new puppy takes up a lot of my spare time as well.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
EMZ: Historical fiction, paranormal and good mysteries all vie for my pleasure reading. If I were forced to choose, I’d grab a good vampire novel any day!
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
EMZ: In no particular order, I really enjoy Philippa Gregory, Anne Rice of course, Chloe Neill, Kim Harrison, Karleen Koen, and I don’t care what anyone says, but I love Margaret Mitchell.
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
EMZ: Gone with the Wind, come on…do you really need to ask? Interview with a Vampire, for inventing a rich world I can never get enough of. Vittorio The Vampire, for sparking in me a deep love of Botticelli and the Italian Renaissance. The entire Chicagoland Vampires series along with the Rachel Morgan series, for the pure snark and showing me that reading can make you laugh out loud. The Other Boleyn Girl, for teaching me about fictional license when writing about historical figures and creating in me a desire to learn more.
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
EMZ: I like the nook by Barns and Noble, but with technology the way it is today, there is less and less of a difference between devices.
ZHP: Do you use Social Media?
ZHP: If yes, how can your fans contact you?
Website and or Blog site: http://evelynzimmer.wordpress.com