Book Squirrel chats with Eva Pasco, author of contemporary “lit with grit”.
Book Squirrel, seeing you go nuts over authors, I’m in the right place. Thank you for the warm welcome!
It’s great to have you here. What inspired you to write?
Already having typewritten a mystery and a spy series by the age of twelve, and composed a romance novella in high school, I shelved my creativity during college and throughout my teaching career in elementary education. On my last day of school, I left a handwritten farewell note to my colleagues near the sign-in area of the main office. Many of the teachers let me know how much my note moved them. At least two told me I should write a book.
Inspired, I revived my dormant imagination. In 2007, I published my first novel in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, based on my fragrance addiction—Underlying Notes. Several years later, in 2016, I published An Enlightening Quiche, where I incorporated aspects of my summer job at a bookbinding factory to the fictitious, impoverished mill in the story.
Wow! An author by twelve! That’s impressive!
I guess so!
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
Always enamored with my latest published work, I’d have to say my favorite at this point in time is “Mr. Wizardo”. This novella is part of the co-authored collection of reimagined fairy tales for grownups, Once Upon a Fabulous Time, in collaboration with the Indie Fabs: Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, J.B. Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne Van Leerdam.
Oh, I just got my copy of that! It looks fabulous indeed!
It really is!
I can’t wait to read it. What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
Thus far, my steadfast answer is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The effects of intense suffering between two passion-driven characters with a toxic love-hate relationship who torment themselves, each other, and those around them tug at my heartstrings.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Although the year has just begun, I will give a shout out to my current read. I’m 79 per cent through ‘Sandhills’ by Alan Vanderoot. It is a Contemporary Coming-of-Age that nails the protagonist’s teen angst living with a verbally and physically abusive father, and the outlet he finds to come into his own.
I also want to heap praise on the latest published paranormal short in the “Fallen Cross” pack, ‘Bitter Challenge’ by Aliya DalRae.
Oh, I’ve read ‘Bitter Challenge’! That’s a really great series.
Isn’t it, though?
What are you working on writing now?
At the onset of 2018, I began writing my next Contemporary, Aida’s Fishing Ground. I’m currently in the midst of drafting chapter 2.
Who designs your book covers?
Now that I am going full-tilt boogie as an Indie—none of this hybrid stuff for me any longer—it’s Renee Gauthier, courtesy of her enterprise, R.M. Designs. Her covers and banners are fabulous!
Forest, country, beach or city?
It always has and always will be the beach!
What is your pet hate? Have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing?
One of my pet hates is that “exploitation” for monetary gain, power, or control whether perpetrated by usury, intimidation, pretense, lying, cheating, humiliation, preying…
As of yet, I haven’t brought it to light in my writing.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
My all-time favorite movie to watch over and over is Casablanca because it reinforces that there are no painless resolutions in life. The choices we make often come at a personal sacrifice of love and happiness.
What’s your favourite quote, ever?
Hard to choose, but I’ll cite this one by Khalil Gibran—“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
No two Indies are the same, therefore there is no well-trodden path which leads a writer to becoming a successful author. Success is based on your own criteria and not anyone else’s.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
I wish it were easier to recover from heartbreak.
And, although, I have been blessed with good health thus far—I wish ageing were easier.
Those are sobering thoughts indeed – and you have expressed them beautifully.
Thank you. You’re a lovely squirrel.
Careful, you’ll make me blush! Tell me, Eva, where can we find your books?
Where can readers follow you on social media?
Thank you for being here today, Eva.
It’s been fun! Thank you, Book Squirrel!