Author’s Corner: Interview with Children’s Book Author, 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 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 to 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.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
My WIP (work in progress) 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.
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 TV. 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 TV noise (hubby), and grandson in the kitchen on his desktop online with his friends while I am on my laptop on a TV 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.
About Eve Culley
As a children’s author, I am blessed to live in the imaginary world of Barn Town where the animals talk and share their lives with me. I believe that I have the best job there is. Another joy I have is reading other children’s authors and sharing their work with you. Read a book and share the joy with others.
Storytelling is as much a part of me as breathing is to my body. I have found that as I tell stories, putting them on paper, it makes room for the other stories that are building and will need to be told soon. I write for children because of their wonderful imaginations. They are the very best at believing that the probable can become possible. Nothing is any better than when the reader climbs into the adventure and joins the journey with you.
You can read Eve’s column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.
About Eve Culley’s Books
Further Adventures in Barn Town is available at amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and any other online bookstore.
Written in the feline narrative by a life-long resident, Ol’ Stripe (Deputy of Barn Town) shares with the reader the highlights of life in Barn Town – a barn situated on a large farm. Deputy Stripe does all he can to keep his eyes and ears open to maintain peace and order, with a hilarious outcome.