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4 Questions with Evangeline Denmark | Author Interview

(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)

Happy Tuesday everyone. Today I have the pleasure of hosting author Evangeline Denmark! She recently released her YA novel, Curio (I’ll be posting a review later this week as well!). Anyway, I absolutely love these interviews (I admit I’m a tad bit biased) and hope you enjoy another addition to 4 Questions and of course the giveaway at the end :).

Evangeline Denmark cannot sing. The tragic discovery of this truth led to bouts of angst-ridden poetry writing in her teens, several ill-advised relationships with literary characters, and the compulsive creation of her own fictional worlds. Having found her true voice, Evangeline now writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural.

Her debut novel, Curio, a young adult steampunk fantasy, releases January 2016. She has also co-authored two children’s books, The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari (Waterbrook Press.)

Evangeline lives in Colorado in a house stuffed full of animals and creative people that would surely go to ruin were it not for the watchful eye of a cattle dog named Willie.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
I never could have anticipated the depth of friendship I’ve found through writing. I have met and grown to love some amazing writers over the course of my journey and now not a day goes by that we don’t have contact. We have never ending conversations about life and story, and I know, no matter what, they will be there to support me like I’ll be there to support them.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would make the decision to write bravely sooner. For a long time I thought I had to fit into a certain box. When I finally let go of those imaginary expectations, I found a more authentic voice and my writing went to deeper places.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
A couple summers ago our family vacationed in South Carolina and I remember the four of us playing on the beach, the waves rushing in and the coquina clams digging into the sand. Family trips can be stressful, but in that moment we had such peace. I might’ve even stopped worrying about sharks for a whole minute!

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Creativity is the best addiction you can have. You’re going to face hard things in your life and it’s natural to want to escape that, to muffle the pain with anything and everything that might take the edge off. But creating something—a poem, a drawing, a sculpture, a song—allows you to make something beautiful out of something painful. Other addictions destroy you, but creativity makes you more YOU. Embrace it.

Thank you so much Evangeline!! So happy to host you on the blog!

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Author Interviews

4 Questions with Lorie Langdon | Author Interview

(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)

What better way to end the month than with a fabulous 4 Questions?? I’m excited to have Lorie Langdon on the blog today! I absolutely love the Doon Series (counting down until Book 3!) she writes with Carey Corp (you can find my reviews here)! They’re creative and a great addition to the YA market. If you love the genre or have teenagers, be sure to check it out.

Lorie Langdon has over ten years experience writing online and print advertising for a Fortune 500 company. A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.

Lorie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Wright State University. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and a board member for her local Ohio Valley RWA chapter.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
There are so many things that have changed for me in the last five years! One thing that amazes me almost every day is the outpouring of love and enthusiasm for the Doon series on social media. Our readers from all over the world post edits and videos of what our characters might look like, gorgeous photos of our books and even original fan art! Five years ago, I was still dreaming about Doon being published, so our awesome readers were far from something I could have imagined!

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would go back to the stressful years prior to getting my first publishing deal and trust God’s perfect timing. After lots of rejection, the publishing deal we got for Doon ended up being beyond anything I could’ve imagined! Our book was the lead title for Blink, a brand new YA imprint geared toward delivering clean, compelling stories that delivered a message of hope. With another publisher, Doon’s subtle spiritual thread would likely have been unacceptable. But with Blink we’re able to tell the story of Doon the way it was meant to be told.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
The first time I held the Doon hardcover in my hands, when Carey and I had our first book signing in New York City and people were lined up to meet us, when I saw our amazingly gorgeous cover for the first time, when a reader drove eight hours to get to our book signing…Oh, was I only allowed to list one?

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
When I was a teen, I sat on the sidelines and watched the world go by. I was afraid of rejection, of taking risks, of trying new things…I’d rather bury my face in a book then take an adventure. But in college someone very close to me passed on and I realized life was too short to sit back and wait for things to come to me. So I fought my way out of my passive shell and I’ve never looked back. I still feel scared sometimes (especially before a speaking engagement!), but I’ve realized that fear, failure, and rejection are all part of living a spectacular life!

My advice for the next generation…Try new things, take a leap of faith, go after your dreams! You may not succeed every time, but it’s worth the risk—I promise. 🙂

Thank you so so much Lorie! It was a pleasure to have you on the blog and can’t wait for the next Doon book as well as your first solo release! Yay! Alright readers, be sure to connect with Lorie.

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