Author Interview with Eve Culley
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
Story-telling has always been a part of me much like breathing is to my body. I preferred my imagination, storytelling and reading from the time I was little. In high school, I went to “state” for my storytelling and did well. Our children and grandchildren became my audience for stories until they grew out of them.
But the storytelling refused to die and go away. Instead, hunger grew in me to put my stories on paper and books grew out of them. I write, of course, adventures for children to read, believe in, and take life lessons from them.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
The inspiration is the interaction between all the animals and the stories they share with me. (I write their stories down so that I can have peace with them. They are pushy!) I believe that the animals have a unique community all their own. How they live their day-to-day lives is fascinating to me, and if we listen closely, we can hear them talk as they work out their problems with one another.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Tricky question for me. My characters are real; they are just not people. They do tend to talk to me, but unfortunately, I seem to be the only one that can hear them. It’s easier to tell folk I hear voices in my head. (grin)
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
To date, my most interesting research was on rodeo bucking bulls. Did you know that the bulls are bred to buck and have action figures and websites? They also have air-conditioned trailers, fly on airplanes, and get massages. It was tons of fun reading about them.
Where do you go to do your research?
Ninety percent of my research occurs at home on my laptop. However, if there is an unusual animal making a guest appearance that I am unfamiliar with, like the bucking bulls or companion animals, I find someone who has the knowledge I can talk with or who has an animal I can visit with for a while. So far I have been blessed, and most of the animals and people are within 50 miles or so of home.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
My WIP is the third book on Barn Town called More Adventures in Barn Town. It is a chapter book told from the “guard” cat POV about the animals that live in a large barn. I also have a short story that will be in a book of short stories by various authors called Seasons of Light. Pandora’s Box Gazette will publish the book by the end of this year.
Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
To have to select just one favorite contemporary author is HARD! But if I must then it would be Ann Jones (Missing (Lyn Kramer Mystery, #1). She is, in my opinion, one of the best contemporary authors I have read. Right now I am reading, Amish: To Be or Not To Be by Sandra Becker.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I don’t have a consistent writing schedule. (I know, my bad!) I write when hubby takes a nap, when everyone is asleep at night, when grandson is on his computer and hubby is watching t.v. Truthfully, I am in writer’s mode most all the time, whether I am researching, reading or writing. I did stop for about two months last fall because I felt drained. I did practically nothing, but I’m back now. I am taking classes for promoting books, blogging, researching, reading, and lastly writing.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
Would it be an idiosyncrasy that I write, research, and read in the living room surrounded by the t.v. noise (hubby), and grandson in the kitchen on his desktop online with his friends while I am on my laptop on a t.v. tray? I honestly don’t know, to me, this is a normal work environment.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
I have been very blessed to have such a supportive family and friends around me. My hubby especially is good to me with doing the cooking and laundry (I do fold the clothes.) My sister, brother, and church family also encourage me. I am very thankful to the Lord for all of them.
Meet Eve Culley
My home is in the great state of Texas with my hubby and grandson. We share our 3.5 acres with goats, geese, turkeys, chickens, and ducks just inside the city limits of a small town. We also have one Great Pyrenees, two small dogs, and five cats. My hubby calls it life in a mini ark, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I also have two children’s books published with the third book in the process ready for editing. I write about the critters that live with us.
When our boys were younger, my hubby and I served as missionaries here in the U.S. which involved a lot of traveling. It was a precious time in our lives which caused us grow stronger in our faith.