A transplant to the Ozarks in the 1970s, Crow carries a lifetime of adventures across the states and the globe. A former songwriter performer with a degree in Zoology, she loves the powerful influence of Nature on humans, spinning yarns, weaving, painting, and eco-traveling with her husband.
So, let’s give Crow a warm welcome and check out her responses below.
Five Questions About Your Book
- How did you come up with the idea for your book?
My 2012 book, Flights of Fancy—Short Stories, Essays, Novella, and Other Pieces, introduced a couple of characters that my readers just love, still. Oghma Creative Media accepted the proposal for a novel based on Miss Henrietta and Lillian.
- What sort of research did you do to write this book?
I lived alone in a handmade cabin in the Ozarks for ten years. The characters, dilemmas, and hilarious events from those times informed this story.
- Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
Not as myself, but I’m sure that the aftershocks from my history, challenges, and dreams slip into each character (warts and all).
- If your novel were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead roles?
Meryl Streep as she is now and Drew Barrymore in her preteens.
- Is there anything interesting about this particular book we haven’t covered yet? If so, what?
Physical and emotional survival skills change the lives of each of the novel’s characters.
Five Questions About You As An Author
- What were some of the challenges you faced on the road to publication?
I was a professional singer/songwriter from 1962 until 2007 who performed at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms. As a published songwriter, my transition to fiction has been fun. My skin was thinner as a musician. Now, I am an enthusiastic beginner every time I write a scene.
- What does a typical workday look like for you?
I write in two-three hour blocks, draw, walk, weave, spin, listen to audio books and dream. A story can wake me up at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning to write.
- What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? Least favorite?
My favorite is doing the writing and stretching my skills to make the moment alive. My least favorite is promoting and marketing.
- Why do you write? What keeps you motivated during creative slumps?
The tick of time and the phrase, “..but I always thought I’d get around to…” We only have right now. How do we know what we might do, if we don’t dive in?
- What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
A long-time friend, after reading the short stories, asked, “Why haven’t you introduced me to this amazing woman?” She thought the character was a flesh and blood living human being.
Five Questions About You As A Reader
- Who are some of your favorite authors?
Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Lawrence Durrell, Ann Hood, and Diana Gabaldon.
- What are some great books you’ve read recently?
The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood. Draft No. 4 by John McPhee.
- What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?
Nonfiction, biography, mystery, and philosophical adventures.
- What are your top three favorite books of all time?
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood, and The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell.
- Can you recommend any new or upcoming authors to us?
I am inspired by the diversity and risk-taking of Oghma’s authors. I have not had a chance to read something from each of them yet, but I am impressed.
So, there you have it. The fast fifteen from author Crow Johnson Evans. Let’s show her some blog love and leave her a word of encouragement or ask her a question. In the meantime, here’s a peek at some of her work and links where you can find her.
Flights of Fancy
“…when we make something it holds more than just the materials we use,” says Miss Henrietta, one of the characters in a short story included in Crow Johnson Evans’ generously laden buffet of a book. With materials ranging from short stories, a novella, and non-fiction essays, tones and genres which include memoir, science fiction, suspense, and YA, Evans takes readers from Beirut to the Ozark backwoods, past, present, and future, with narrators of all ages (including a tree). Knitting, weaving, the sounds of a South Indian morning, a loving but lily-besotted partner…these are rich materials. But she makes them “more,” as her observed thoughts, feelings, empathy, and insight overlay real and imagined experience. Flights Of Fancy takes wing. It will nest in readers’ branches for a long time to come.
—Crescent Dragonwagon, Author of Bean by Bean