(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!