Eva Snowden is an extremely warm and jovial person and I am glad to have interviewed her. Instead of me yapping endlessly about her, why not read what she has to say! 🙂
Hi Eva! It is nice to have you on the blog. Please tell us about yourself and how did writing happen to you?
Hello, My name is Eva A. Snowden and I am the author of NamuH, a science fiction novel released this past August. I have always loved story telling. When I was in elementary, secondary and later college I was always telling stories. To me it was the best hobby. I could take any picture, look at any group of people or any object and develop a story around them. It came in handy in later years when raising my daughter. I made up stories and told them to her every night and encouraged her to be creative and explore. It was only after I retired from work that I was able to devote full time to my writing and this novel, which had been roaming around in my mind for years, came to life.
What according to you are the qualities needed to become a writer?
To be a writer you need to unleash your imagination. Allow your thoughts to wander and to wonder. A writer needs a sense of discover to create the uncreated to unearth new ways of communication and tell a story. I want my stories to evoke emotion and perhaps a new perception of ourselves and others.
What or whom do you take inspiration from?
I am inspired by nature. The absolute marvel of creation and knowing I am cared for by a loving God encourages me daily. I also find great inspiration from reading other writers.
How easy or difficult was it for you to get published?
After I wrote my novel, I spent a few months sending query letters to both agents and publishers with no success. There are so many authors seeking to be published and unfortunately very few that are picked up commercially. That doesn’t mean publication is impossible. Because of the internet self-publication is very affordable and practical. I decided to use Create Space and they were very helpful in getting my book in print and on-line.
What would your ideal writing space look like?
Everyone has a different learning style. I think that is also true for writing. Some people write better in a quiet office, but that’s not me. I like to write in the middle of my kitchen on a kitchen chair with my laptop on the kitchen Island. I like the smell of coffee and hearing the sounds of nature outside and the bustle of my house. I take long walks nearly every day; and while I’m walking I work out plots and dialogue.
Give us an idea about your new book, the plot and the characters.
My novel is dystopian fiction. In 1968 a third grade teacher named Jane Elliott conducted a phycological exercise with her third grade class. This happened shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. She wanted the children to experience the irrational nature of prejudice and discrimination. She told the children that the blue eyed children were smarter and better than the brown eyed children and separated the children based on their eye color. By the end of the school day the blue eyed children had done better on all their tests and were better behavior while the opposite was true of the brown eyed children. They acted that way not because of fact but because of what they had been told. That is the insidious evil of discrimination. My novel takes that idea and expands it to a civilization based on prejudice and discrimination.
The main character is a girl named, Dara. She is born into privilege as the daughter of circle elder, the supreme commanders of the civilization. The life of the Circle people is fraught with peril. There is a disease, the Luza plague which is first detected in newly born babies. Infants infected with the virus must be euthanized to prevent the deadly plague spreading. The circle elders are also responsible for the Namuh, a humanoid species that were once savage and preyed on the circle people. The circle elders have over time domesticated them and they are used as farm laborers and domestic servants. In the mountains surrounding the circle complexes are bands of marauders composed of circle deserters and their luza infected children as well as escaped Namuh. They terrorize the circle villagers and are a bane to the eldership.
While on an archaeological dig with her father, Dara encounters a ferocious reptile and is saved from sure death by a young soldier of the band. Severely injured she is nursed back to health by the band. It is with the band, Dara discovers the truth of who she really is and the evil of the circle elders. She then must decide what to do with what she knows. There are many twists and turns as the novel unfolds and the mystery of the Namuh is revealed.
What are the books you grew up reading? What is the earliest memory that you have on reading?
I have always loved science fiction especially dystopian fiction. I loved George Orwell and Mary Shelley and also enjoy Stephen King and Carrie Ryan. I am also a fan of books about space fiction especially the works of Michael R. Hicks.
Give our budding writers some tips that you picked up while writing your book.
If you wish to be a writer you have to have patience with your imagination Some days the words just flow out and other days you have to let the book talk to you . To me it is important to edit often. It helps me get a feel for the flow of the book. I also find that enlisting the help of several beta readers gives me a better perspective and forces me to stay on track.
The book has a Facebook page, http://www.facebook/Book of Namuh. I welcome your reviews and comments there. NamuH is also listed on Goodreads.
NamuH is available on line at Amazon, both in print and in e-book formats. It is also available on line at Barnes and Noble.