Thursday, September 10, 2015

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: C. Evenfall


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Hi, C. Evenfall.  Welcome to The Gal.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

C. Evenfall:
I am a 47-year-old mother of three and my husband and I run a small business together.  With the kids all grown up, it's time for me to pursue my own passions, one of which is writing.  We also enjoy hiking and primitive camping in Appalachia, gardening and fishing.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are five things most people don't know about you?

C. Evenfall:
1) I had a paranormal experience as a child.
2) I still believe in ghosts.
3) I LOVE science fiction films.
4) I have a secret addition to Butterfinger candy bars.
5) I used to be a funeral director.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is the first book you remember reading?

C. Evenfall:
The first book I remember reading was Charlotte's Web.  It's still a favorite of mine.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are you reading now?

C. Evenfall:
Currently I am reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaion.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What made you decide you want to write?  When did you begin writing?

C. Evenfall:
I think I have always wanted to write.  I loved books so much as a child and remember telling my parents at a young age that I would be a writer someday.  I began writing short stories in elementary school, and by high school, I was writing lengthier short stories and sharing them with my friends, who were also bookworms.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have a special place you like to write?

C. Evenfall:
My writing studio is on the back side of my house.  It is actually a converted spare bedroom and it is far away from the business of the kitchen, den and living room which gives me some privacy and quiet while I write.  My favorite part of this room is the very large window that overlooks the woods behind the house.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

C. Evenfall:
I must start with a full pot of coffee, my candle or oil lamp, and my favorite aphgan tossed over my lap.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What books have most inspired you?

C. Evenfall:
I think Anne Rice's vampire chronicles because they opened my eyes to the possibility of reinventing a frightening entity.  She gave vampires souls and personalities, which at the time had never been done before.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

C. Evenfall:
Finding the time is my greatest challenge.  Because I work and have a family, it can be difficult sometimes to dedicate the time I need to complete a project.  It took me an entire year to write The Wraith of Carter's Mill.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you think makes a good story?

C. Evenfall:
For me, the characters must seem real.  Dialogue must read realistically or else I will lose interest.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

C. Evenfall:
Oh my gosh, I think Shyanne is the most like me.  I do not possess the same strange gift, but she is stubborn and is a dedicated mom and for those traits, I can relate to her.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Why did you pick your particular genre?

C. Evenfall:
I love good paranormal fiction.  Even though the genre is flooded with "not so good" fiction, I could not help myself.  I truly think it's what I write best.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

C. Evenfall:
I do a lot of research, historical research before I start a story and I spend what I have to get good editing and proofing work done before I turn my work loose on the public.  I am serious about my craft.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is in your 'trunk'?  (Everyone has an book or project, which doesn't necessarily have to be book related, that they have put aside for a 'rainy day' or for when they have extra time.  Do you have one?)

C. Evenfall:
I have an epic length, post-apocalyptic novel in the trunk.  It dwells there for now because it is going to take a lot of work for me to complete.  I look in on it on occasion to reassure it that I will write it someday, and I toss new characters in with it to keep it company.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What can we expect from you in the future?

C. Evenfall:
There will be more paranormal/suspense fiction coming spring 2016.


About the book:
The Wraith of Carter's Mill chronicles five generations of women from the turn of the century to present day.  It depicts in startling detail the result of an old curse and the wraith that haunts the family.  Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten tell the tale while the fourth shocking segment, Carter's Mill provides the back-story.  It reveals the shameful truth behind a century of sorrow and the curse of revenge that plagues the Carter women.
            Zeb, the Carter family patriarch, is a hard, callous man.  He runs his thriving sawmill, farm and family with an iron fist.  When he commits an incredible act of cruelty, he ignorantly brings a terrible curse down upon all his kin.  Martha Thompsons' prophecy proves true as the family falls into ruin, and the women pay the price.
            Almost a century after Zeb's death, a Carter daughter is born with notable yet uncanny gifts.  It will be up to Shyanne to unearth a long buried family secret and set an old wrong back to rights.  Will she find a way to lift the curse and banish the accursed wraith that haunts her?  If she fails, she risks losing her own little girl to the dark entity forever.
            A small North Carolina community, where everyone knows everyone sets the perfect stage for this suspenseful drama.  Rich in history and southern culture, The Wraith of Carter's Mill harkens back to a time when life was simpler, and superstition was part of everyday living.


About the author:
C. Evenfall grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.  In many ways, her community was isolated from the outside world, and time simply stood still.  The old ways of "doing things" surrounded her, and she was both fascinated by the rich history and influenced by it.
            As with any such place, the area was rich with ghost lore and old tales of "people done wrong."  C. Evenfall, a child seen and not heard, hovered as close as she dared, listening to the old stories when the adults got together talking about old times.  She also spent many nights with the sheet pulled over her head in childish fright.
            A paranormal encounter when she was just six years old, experienced by two other people at the same time, convinced her that ghosts really did exist.  C. Evenfall has been seeking answers ever since.  Her fascination with the unexplainable, coupled with her love of history and southern culture and the role women play in both, have inspired her to write The Wraith of Carter's Mill, a series of novellas.  Each inspired by tales from her childhood and the family members who passed them down.
            Life has taken her many places, but today, C. Evenfall resides with her husband in the same fishing village where she grew up.  Together they enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and the outdoors in general.  She forgives his skeptics' dismissal of things that go bump in the night and loves him dearly in spite of it.  They compliment one another perfectly.

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